The Doka community in Birshi Ward in the Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State has sighed with relief as the Redeemed Christian Church of God has provided them with their first well after 50 years of existence.
This is to address the acute water shortage that the community, which is located about two kilometers from the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, has been facing for several years.
“This community has been around for more than 50 years, but as I speak to you, this is the first well the community sees today,” Doka community president Lawi Samuel said euphorically in his speech at the project’s inauguration. .
Samuel expressed his gratitude to the RCCG for the wonderful and kind gesture saying: “…what the government could not do for us, the Church has done for us. And I thank God that our councilman is personally here and that he takes this message to the governor of the state and I believe that something better will be done for us.
Also speaking, Mai Anguwam Doka Yohanna Daniel, represented by Yusuf Abarshi, expressed her thanks to the RCCG for providing them with water, lamenting that the community has existed without government presence, except for the electricity they have.
He said: “This community has been without basic social services for over 50 years. We don’t have a public school, we don’t have an access road, we don’t have a maternity hospital. Whenever it is the rainy season, it is not easy for our pregnant women to access medical care, especially due to the bad roads we have.”
In a brief comment, the councilor representing Birshi Ward, Rilwanu Sabo, claimed to be unaware of the lack of water in the community, saying that “the community has never written to me about the lack of a well.”
Speaking about the lack of a maternity hospital in the area, he assured that “I have written to the state government about their lack of a maternity (hospital) and I can assure you that it is in process and very soon, by the grace of God, you will have your own maternity (hospital).
“I have also received your complaint about your road and the bridge, I have also made serious efforts: I wrote a letter and sent it to the government and we are still waiting for their response.”
He expressed his gratitude to the RCCG for providing water, saying, “What we as the government should have done, non-government people came and did. Water is life and it is important, especially at times like this, for a community like this because if it is not available, people will continue to drink contaminated water and this can cause illness.
In his speech shortly before the project’s inauguration, RCCG Special Assistant to the General Supervisor of Personnel, Pastor Julius Olalekan, expressed his gratitude to God for allowing the Church to provide water to the community.
Olalekan, who is also the pastor in charge of Region 17 of the northeastern states of Bauchi, Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba, said the project was executed through the CCRG’s Corporate Social Responsibility.