Residents of Fiditi community in Oyo State can now heave a sigh of relief with the provision of potable water by the Solomon Emiola Agunbiade Foundation.
The residents, who spoke with Community News at the weekend on the development, expressed gratitude to the Agunbiade family for the gesture.
A visit to the town revealed that there were many boreholes in the community, including the one constructed by the Federal Government, but none of them was functional due to neglect.
According to Oladipupo Daniel and Ojebode Adepoju, who reside in the town, “scarcity of water had always been an issue in Fiditi.”
They claimed that if not for the philanthropic gesture of the children of a deceased community leader in the area, Pa Solomon Eniola Agunbiade, who provided a solar-powered borehole for them, they would have been using water from doubtful sources. Even with the borehole, they said the water will not be enough for the community.
They, therefore, called the attention of the state government, relevant authorities and well-meaning individuals in the community to this lingering problem, in order to avoid outbreak of diseases in the area.
Commenting also, Mr Babajide Agunbiade said scarcity of water remained an age-long problem in the area, thereby making it imperative for him to spearhead the construction of the solar-powered borehole for the community, in memory of his father who died 40 years ago.
He described his father as a community advocate, intellectual and fearless defender of the common man.
Other projects embarked upon by the Emiola Agunbiade Foundation for the benefit of Fiditi community include renovation of Fiditi Grammar School Hall. It has given financial assistance to Fiditi Grammar School and Emiola Agunbiade Widow Transition Home in Ikorodu.