Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Umar Sanni, has donated a borehole to Ikyurav community, Fiddi Ward of Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State as part of his community service to the people.
Sanni, who hails from Bauchi State and just completed his service year with the 151 Base Services Group (BSG) of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in Makurdi, handed over the completed borehole with five fetching points to the community on Friday.
Speaking during the commissioning and handover ceremony, Commander BSG, Air Commodore Lawal Danzagi commended Sanni’s resilience and commitment in sourcing for fund to execute the project.
“Mr. Sani was motivated to embark on a project by the need to make portable water available to the community.
“Therefore, the Young man’s resilience and commitment in sourcing for fund to execute the project is quite commendable.
“It might interest us to know that Mr Sani who hails from Bauchi State has never been to Benue State prior to his NYSC programme.”
Danzagi noted that the gesture by the promising young man has glaringly demonstrated some of the cardinal objectives of NYSC programme which are building national integration and patriotism among the youths.
He stated that the construction of the borehole has surely complimented the corporate social responsibility of NAF to the community in line with its objectives on Civil Military Relations which is to foster and enhance cordial civil-military relations under the leadership of Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
On his part, Governor Samuel Ortom, who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mrs. Helen Adimanyi, commended Sanni for positively impacting the lives of the host community where he served.
While also thanking the NAF base in Makurdi for its cordial relationship with the host community, the governor enjoined the people of Ikyurav community to make judicious use of the borehole.
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Earlier, the former corps member recalled that he had given up on the project at a point for lack of funds but commended the dexterity of the BSG Commander who kept encouraging him at every point until the vision was realized.
Some members of the community who spoke to our correspondent including Mama Rosemary Hassan, Mrs. Florence Igoche and Mr. James Iorhemen thanked the ex corps member and the NAF for always coming to their aid even as they promised to take care of the borehole.
High point of the event was the unveiling of the plaque by the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao.