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April 14, 2024
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Coy donates 37 solar boreholes to commemorate 2024 World Water Day

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By Tosin Kolade

A Water and Renewable Energy company, Fordmarx Nigeria Limited, has donated 37 solar-powered boreholes to all states and the FCT in a bid to address the issue of water accessibility across Nigeria.

The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr Clifford Oforbuike, said that the initiative was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts in commemoration of the 2024 World Water Day, themed “Water for Peace,” on Friday in Abuja.

Oforbuike expressed the company’s commitment to improving the health and livelihoods of Nigerians by providing access to clean and safe water.

He emphasised the pivotal role of access to potable water in ensuring good health and creating employment opportunities across the nation.

The executive director said the organisation planned to implement 37 solar-powered irrigation projects in all states of the federation, demonstrating its dedication to sustainable water management and agricultural development.

He said the company would offer free training to 10 engineers and technicians per state, including the FCT; aiming to empower at least 370 individuals in the industry.

“Fordmarx Nigeria Limited is offering to train free-of-charge, 10 engineers and technicians in its industry, per state of the Federation, plus FCT; thereby empowering at least 370 trained engineers and technicians in the industry in Nigeria.

“Subject to the requisite cooperation of the various Governments throughout Nigeria, it is our ultimate desire to create a minimum of 37 million jobs in our industry, across the states and the FCT.

“Once this feat is accomplished, it will have tremendous positive implications and multiplier for access to good potable water, good health, and food security, through the modern solar-powered irrigation infrastructure.

“In fact, without doubts, solar-powered irrigation infrastructure alone can create more than 50 million jobs nationwide, in just one year alone.’’

Oforbuike said there was the potential to create millions of jobs through solar-powered irrigation infrastructure, contributing to improved water access, health, and food security nationwide.

He said there was an ongoing collaboration with security agencies, stating that Fordmarx Nigeria Limited was donating solar-powered water boreholes based on mutual assessments of their needs.

The chief executive officer reiterated the company’s steadfast dedication to realising the ambitious initiatives and urged all levels of government and legislative bodies to lend their support.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria would make significant strides in addressing water scarcity and achieving sustainable development goals.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Water Day serves as a global platform for governments, organisations, and agencies to spotlight the importance of improving access to safe and clean water. (NAN) www.nannews.ng

Edited by Chijioke Okoronkwo

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