17 January 2013

Nigeria: Philantropist Donates Boreholes to Kaduna Communities

Kaduna — Engineer Simon Peter Opara, Philanthropist and Managing Director, SPIO Mechanical Engineering Company, Kaduna, has donated four boreholes to four communities in dire need of portable water in the state as a mark of respect for late Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.

Opara told Daily Trust that one of the four boreholes situated in Kakuri, a suburb of Kaduna state was ready for commissioning by Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero.

"We have also sent a letter to the governor to select three other communities in the state in dire need of portable water, where the remaining three boreholes in honour of Sir Yakowa will be constructed," he added.

He said that SPIO has since 2010 donated boreholes to 11 communities in Kaduna state, saying the last one was commissioned in honour of Chief Raymond Dokpesi last December in Kateri Community.

Other communities that have benefitted according to him include Odawa, Ungwan Gimbiya, Bible Fellowship Mission, Station Round About Mosque and Maraban Rido.

He said that each of the boreholes with over head tanks cost about N1.5 million, while the hand pumps cost about N600,000 to construct.

He said so far, two hand pumps have been donated, while the remaining nine comprises of over head tanks and those constructed without overhead tanks, where communities offer to provide the tanks.

Engineer Opara said that his decision to provide boreholes to communities was borne out of passion to serve humanity saying that he does not have any political ambition, noting that his gesture was simply a humanitarian one.

"Right from inception, I have always had the passion to repair roads and grade roads to make them motorable without announcing to residents. It has now gone to an extent of donating boreholes to people who are in need," he added.

He advised all public spirited individuals and corporate organizations who seek to touch the lives of the less privileged to provide whatever assistance they can no matter how small.

"The boreholes we are providing are done with part of the profits we are making from the company. Even though we have not benefitted from state contracts," he stressed.

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