By Ibrahim Sheriff
Aroyehun village located in Moro local government of Kwara state, has, since its existence depend on a small stream to source water for daily use, until a Kwara based Civil Society Organization, Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD) facilitated a motorized borehole for the the community from the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA).
Aroyehun, a large pastoral community with thousands of inhabitants and seventeen (17) villages under it, has Yoruba, Fulani and Egede among other tribes living there.
According to ENetSuD Coordinator, Dr. Abdulateef Alagbonsi, the CSO discovered the pitiable conditions water scarcity has left the people of Aroyehun and it’s adjoining communities in March 2021, when ENetSuD team visited the Moro local government to do public needs assessment as part of its Citizens Enlightenment and Mobilization Program (CEMP).
The Alangua of Aroyehun, Mallam. Aliyu Iyanda Aroyehun while speaking to ENetSuD’s team during the needs assessment said “I last bathed nine (9) days ago as a result of lack of water. We are really suffering here. Government asked us to clear land and promised to build school for us, they failed to do so. We have no clinic, we have nothing.”
Consequently, the water crisis have exposed the community to poor sanitation, unhealthy hygiene and serious health hazards.
However, like a pregnancy circle, ENetSuD’s visit birthed an end to the unpalatable lack of access to good water after nine (9) months after its needs assessment on the community.
During the commissioning of a motorized borehole and a toilet at Aroyehun, LNRBDA Managing Director, Dr. Saheed Adeniyi emphasized the essence of water to good living.
Adeniyi said “We are here today to handover a borehole and toilet dug by the federal government of Nigeria to you for the usage of Aroyehun village and it’s environ.
“It was through ENetSuD we knew you people are suffering from potable water when they published a video that showed how you drink water from the stream, and providing water is part of our objective at LNRBDA.”
Adeniyi commended ENetSuD for their community service programs., urging them to continue their people-oriented interventions. He further advised the people of Aroyehun to make judicious use of facilities provided for them by the federal government.
For his part, the Alagua of Aroyehun, represented by his son, Alh. AbdulRahman Mayegun laud the magnanimous support of LNRBDA in solving the problem of water that the residents of the village face for decades, he prayed to God to always ease the affairs of those involved in the projects.