After 50 years of existence, the Doka community in Birshi Ward in the Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State has finally gained access to borehole water due to the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG) Corporate Social Responsibility assistance.
The borehole was dug in response to the acute water scarcity the community has been experiencing. The community is about two kilometres away from the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.
“This community has been in existence for over 50 years but as I speak with you, this is the first borehole the community is seeing today,” the elated Doka community chairman, Lawi Samuel, said in his speech at the inauguration of the project.
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 councillor is personally here and he should take this message to the state governor and I believe something better will be done for us.”
Also speaking, the Mai Anguwam Doka, Yohanna Daniel, represented by Yusuf Abarshi, expressed gratitude to the RCCG for providing them with water. He lamented that the community had been in existence but had not felt the presence of the government except for the electricity they have.
He said: “This community has lacked basic social amenities for over 50 years. We have no government school, we have no access road, we have no maternity. Anytime it is the rainy season, our pregnant women don’t find it easy accessing healthcare, especially because of the bad roads we have.”
In a brief remark, the councillor representing Birshi Ward, Rilwanu Sabo, claimed that he was ignorant of the lack of water in the community saying that, “the community has never written to me to inform me of its lack of borehole.”
He went in to address the lack of maternity hospital in the area and he assured the people that, “I have written to the state government about your lack of maternity (hospital) and I can assure you that it is in the process and very soon, by God’s grace, 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 gratitude to the RCCG for providing water, saying “What we, as a government, ought to have done, people who are not government came and executed. Water is life and it is important, especially in times like this, for a community like this because if this is not available, people will continue to drink contaminated water and this can cause diseases.