THE Church of Latter-Days-Saint, through her humanitarian empowerment Foundation; the Latter -Day -Saint Charities and clean water initiative is to partner with Anambra and Enugu States for the provision of one hundred per cent access to sanitation, hygiene and improved water supply to communities in both states designated for fighting abject poverty and improving infrastructure which has been in existence for quite some time in Osun state, Ogun, Oyo and Edo states.
The President of the foundation, Mr Peter Ezeigwe, who disclosed the programme agenda to newsmen during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke at the Government House Awka, on Friday, said the partnership seeks to help the Government of the two states to provide portable clean water to its communities and citizens.
He said with a growing population, sanitation and hygiene, have become serious concerns and the Church has initiated projects to tackle the sanitation needs like the road sweeping and drainage de-silting projects with the provision of equipment to improve operations.
He noted that the projects will be successfully executed through the joint funding by the state government, communities and the Church and commended the state deputy governor for his personal commitment to the projects.
The Anambra State Deputy Governor, who welcome the partnership ideas, said he has always known about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from his days living in Enugu State, and narrated how the wife used to work as a caterer with the church while they were in Enugu. He was excited about the proposed project and said the
government will do everything within their power to ensure the project becomes reality.
The water technical engineer of the foundation, Elder Reynolds who also spoke at the visit alongside delegate from Enugu State, which includes; Enugu State coordinator, Chimaroke Udeichi, and the Zonal Welfare officer, Mr Chidi Ibeakuzie explained that it will be a three-way partnership with the state government, the community and LDS
Charities and every partner has an obligation to fulfil, ranging from establishing water committee with women being a major part of the committee, providing geophysical surveys, and ensuring water analysis samples are tested.