By Hassan Zaggi
Youth in Attoni-Ama community in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State have vowed to use the last drop of their blood to protect solar water facility installed in the area.
United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) with the funding from the European Union (EU) in partnership with the Rivers State Government installed a solar water for residents of the community.
A youth leader in the area, Ngo Alabo, stated this while responding to questions from The AUTHORITY, during a visit by UNICEF team and journalists drawn from different media houses across the country to the area.
The youth leader disclosed that before the UNICEF intervention, the community had suffered greatly due to lack of potable and safe water.
He, however, warned jobless youth who are good in vandalizing and stealing government property to go and find lawful means of survival, “because we will resist any attempt to vandalise this solar water facility.”
He reiterated that: “For sure, the youth and indeed, the entire community is at watch to ensure that the project is safe and secured because we have been suffering a lot before getting water to drink. Now that we have gotten solar generating water, we will make sure that we secure it.
“Any youth that does not have job should go and look for something meaningful to do and not to think of coming to vandalise this facility and cart away the parts.
“We will resist it with the last drop of our blood because we have suffered a lot in the past. “
The youth leader recalled that: “When we were using the well as our water source, some people come in the night to do all sort of things, for example, some people come with dirty rags to fetch water and the rag will fall inside the well but people will still come the following day and fetch the water to drink.
“But now that the UNICEF has provided us with this water, we can now be rest assured of the water we are drinking.
“We appreciate it and the entire community is enjoying. If one cannot come to the borehole to fetch the water, it is there at their door post for them to fetch.”
He called on the UNICEF to bring more projects to the community, as according to him, “we will give them all the needed support.”
Earlier, while addressing journalists, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development, Engr. Emmanuel Ametemeso, applauded the UNICEF life-saving interventions which are being supported by the European Union (EU) in the area of Water Sanitation and Hygiene in the five South South states ( Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Edo..
He, therefore, called on the UNICEF to increase the rate of its activities in Rivers State considering its peculiar terrain.
He debunked the insinuation that Rivers State is not safe, stressing that: “Partners have been working here for the past four years and nothing happened to them. Our state is safe.”