It was fanfare in Nanka community, Orumba North local government area of Anambra State recently as the first ever functional borehole was commissioned.
The project was executed through a joint effort of the Anambra State government and Agbiligba village of the community.
Speaking at the commissioning, Governor Willie Obiano expressed happiness that clean portable water was eventually sunk at a depth of 2000 feet, and described the borehole as an important project carried out to assuage the thirst for clean portable water in the community after several trials thus making it the first functional borehole in the area.
He said that the project which cost N20million is in line with the overall policy of making water available across the state.
He noted that not long ago, the greater Onitsha Water Scheme was commissioned, even as old pipes were replaced to ensure water is running everywhere in the city. The governor restated his commitment to the Obizi Water Scheme being carried out in conjunction with the World Bank, as he also hinted of plans to explore and harness the Artesian wells water in parts of Awka and Nnewi.
He assured Nanka community that the pipes being laid for the water project would be done with quality materials to avoid lead poisoning. He also assured communities in the state with similar challenges that his administration would not abandon any project commenced by his predecessor.
He revealed that N50m had been spent by his government in de-contaminating the house and grounds of the structure used by some Colombians to manufacture illicit amphetamine drugs in Nanka which was endangering the health of the community.
He equally urged the residents to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to the relevant authorities.
In his remark, Hon Commissioner for Utilities Mr. Obi Nwankwo said that the success achieved in the borehole project is as a result of genuine collaboration and partnership between the government and some illustrious sons of the community. He assured the community that the 800 litres overhead tank and generator house would ensure that water is available to reach many of the homes, while the power transformer serving the area has been replaced, and appealed to them to safeguard government facilities.
Earlier, Deputy Chairman, Orumba North council, Hon Okey Enekwe thanked governor Obiano for assisting the community with the project which is the first successful borehole in the area. He promised that they would protect the investment and assured the government of the support of the people of Nnanka.
How Police Uncover Baby Factory At Ngwo
By Emmanuel Nzomiwu
Men of Enugu State Police Command have uncovered a baby factory at Etiti Amankwo Ngwo in Udi local government area of the State.
The baby factory allegedly owned by an indigene of the town (names withheld), was raided by the men of 9th Mile Division of the command in the early hours of Saturday.
Nine pregnant women were rescued by the police during the operation.
Spokesman of the Command, Ebere Amaraizu who confirmed our report in a statement on Saturday, said operatives of 9th mile Division through their robust intelligent network and patrols within the area and its environs busted another baby factory located within Etiti Amankwo Ngwo, Udi local government area of the State.
Amaraizu said an indigene of the town owned the baby factory and it was being operated in the private house of the suspect until the raid on Saturday.
He disclosed that the operatives acted on the strength of intelligence gathered about the baby factory, where nine pregnant girls and women with various degrees of pregnancy were seen.
The pregnant women and girls later gave their names as Stella James 19 years of Ohaozara Ebonyi state; Eze Jennifer 19 years from Obukpa in Nsukka local Government Of Enugu state; Ugwu Christabel, 17 years from Aku Igboetiti local Government of Enugu state; Happiness Mbaonu, 17 years of Nnewi Anambra State; Ovunna Ifeoma, 20 years of Ezza Ebonyi State; Esther Nwankwo 21 years of Nkalagu Ebonyi State; Onyedika Agu 23 years of Isuawa Awgu of Enugu state; Blessing James 23 years of Ohafia Abia state and Chibueze Ujunwa 24 years of Nenwenta Aninri local Government Area of Enugu state” Amaraizu said.
He said the girls are helping the operatives in their investigations, while the owner of the factory claimed that he got a provisional approval in October 2007 from Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Enugu State to admit and shelter pregnant women in his hospital called The Tex Hospital and Maternity Home at 9th Mile Corner Enugu.
He said the hospital was no longer functional and he was now running the home from his house.
He admitted that under the authority, he was supposed to inform the Ministry through phone within 24 hours of admitting any pregnant woman.
Narrating her ordeal, one of the girls, Ugwu Christabel of Aku in Igboetiti maintained that she was raped by one Emeka during her secondary school period and that she could not report to the parents until pregnancy resulted.
Christabel said she was forced to marry an old man or leave the family which made her to seek for assistance through one of her aunties that directed her to the home.
According to her, they don’t usually do anything at the home.
“It is just to eat, give list of our wants and it will be purchased but with the agreement that the baby will not be ours” she said.
Another victim, Happiness Mbaonu of Nnewi revealed that she got her pregnancy through someone whom she met at Holy Ghost Park Enugu where she usually hawks cashew nuts.
Mbaonu said she was a stranded person from home and decided to be staying with the guy who eventually got her pregnant and she was connected through someone to the Home.
Amaraizu who noted that others also told similar stories, said the State Criminal and Intelligence Department was conducting full scale investigation into the matter with a view to establishing the legality of the Maternity Home and how exactly all the inmates got to the Home amongst other relevant findings.