By Ekemini Raymond
Water is one of the basic amenities of life, and is very essential for the survival of living things on the surface of the earth, both plant animals. This valuable natural resource has numerous uses, both directly or indirectly to man, and his environment, ranging from drinking, bathing, washing and cleaning.
Despite of all this imperative need for water, the University of Calabar has been facing a huge challenge in the water sector, as more than 50% of the University environment does not have flowing water, and if any, it is not good water.
This challenge was the brain behind the construction of central water project, which was initiated during the 3rd year in office of the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Epoke.
A visit to the site of construction shows that more than 80% of the work has been completed, and the remaining 20% is just the finishing touches that are left before the commissioning.
Speaking on the project, the Director of Welfare of the Students Union Government of the institution, Comrade Alawa John Adie, applauded the Vice Chancellor of the institution for his foresight in solving the basic needs of the students.
He stressed that the water board project which started some years ago as a dream will soon come to reality, and the aim of the project will be achieved. According to him, the SUG is doing everything within their possible best to ensure that the welfare of every student is guaranteed.
Alawa went further to list the benefits of the project when commissioned to include; constant flow of water in all the hostels in the institution, solution to the inappropriate disposal of faeces in the hostels, and constant flowing of water in all the laboratories and other sectors of the institution.
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