24 January 2013

Nigeria: Ezu River Mystery - Ngige Promises to Sink Borehole for Community

The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Dr Chris Ngige, has promised to sink a borehole at Amansea community in Awka North Local Council Area of the state.

This is sequel to the contamination of the community's only source of water at Ezu River, where 18 bloated corpses were discovered last Saturday.

Ngige, who visited the scene of the development on Thursday, also expressed shock at the site of yet another body afloat the river after the earlier discovered bodies were evacuated and buried.

"For a person at this time to be drinking and depending on Ezu River for water is improper and it is against the set goals of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the policy of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

"The water has become totally undrinkable because it has been spread with chemical and more over, it has already been polluted with the decomposed bodies.

"there is absolute danger for anybody to drink it."

"we must unravel the mystery behind these whole corpses. We must stop it.

"Apart from solving the riddle, we are also going to do palliative measures in this area."

Ngige promised to raise the health status of the community by sinking boreholes in Amaowelle in Amansea to solve their water problem.

He said that the 2013 fiscal year would witness sinking of boreholes in Ebenebe, Ugbenu Ugbenu, Awba Ofemili, Amanuke and Mgakwu respectively, with each receiving transformers.

Ngige, who made a donation of 6,000 bags of sachet water and 1,000 cartons of bottled water to the affected community, had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler, Igwe Kenneth Okonkwo and his cabinet.

The monarch, who expressed sadness over the development, said what befell the community was still a mystery to the people.

Okonkwo commended Ngige for his magnanimity, saying: "we know you are more of a doer than a talker.

"These dead bodies are floating in our river non stop."

"About two days ago, we saw another two while yesterday again, another two resurfaced," the monarch said.

It could be recalled that three out of the 18 bodies were taken to Nnewi Teaching Hospital for autopsy by pathologists from the police and the state government as stated earlier by the state Police Commissioner, Mr Bala Nasarawa.

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