by crossriverwatch admin
The United Cement Company of Nigeria over the weekend unveiled a solar-powered borehole constructed at the cost of N2.6m for Akwa Ikot Effanga community in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The Managing Director of UniCem, Mr. Olivier Lenoir, said the project was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and a direct response to the needs of the community, adding that it has the capacity to pump 8,000 litres of water per hour. “I urge you to do everything to protect this facility, so that it can serve you better and longer period,” he said.
According to him, UniCem is ever committed to serving the needs of its host communities through various means including provision of social amenities and stressed the need for the community to live peacefully with one another and with the members of staff of the company, adding that safety and peace had remained the company’s stand.
Speaking, the Youth Leader of the community, Mr. Okon Asuquo, thanked the company for the gesture and promised that the youths were ready to protect both the facility and the company in their domain.
“We have set up a vigilante to protect this borehole and to protect our community. We do not tolerate kidnapping in this area and we are ready to die to protect this community,” he said.
Earlier, the Corporate Affairs Director of UniCem, Mr. Ayi Ita-Ayi said that the project was part of numerous other projects being financed by the company.
Ayi said the project was for the improvement of the quality of lives of the communities within its operating environment.
“It is our commitment to do our business in a sustained manner by initiating projects and supporting other initiatives that will leave our communities better than we met them,” he said.
The management of the company also inspected the ongoing Corpers’ Lodge being constructed by UniCem at the Akwa Ikot Effanga Community Secondary School, adding that the project has so far gulped N11m.
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