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A non-governmental organisation (NGO) which has identified itself as Umu-Igbo Unite Care has constructed a 10-room toilet facility and overhead water tanks for Trans-Ekulu Girls Secondary School, Enugu State to end open defecation in the school.
Miss Faith-Victor Onyekwere who is the Project Coordinator of the organization in Enugu, disclosed this over the weekend during the inauguration of the facilities in Enugu.
Onyekwere noted that the organization decided to build the facilities for the students because they were in dire need of it as it would help to end open defecation around the school compound.
‘We provided this project so that the girls could be saved from a lot of illnesses associated with open defecation.
‘We did not just build modern toilet facilities, we also provided a water supply that could be used to pump the water to the two overhead water tanks,’ she said.
The project coordinator said that the organization’s core areas in contributing to society included education, wealth creation, healthcare accessibility, and provision of relief materials to indigent persons in society.
The Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr Emmanuel Obi represented by Joachim Ofodile, Director, Administration and Supply, Enugu State Ministry Health, commended Umu-Igbo Unite Care for its effort in putting in place modern toilet facilities for the students.
He called on others to also help in other areas of need in the school for the betterment of the students.
Earlier, the Principal, of Trans-Ekulu Girls Secondary School, Enugu, Mrs Ijeoma Okpe, who attracted the project, lauded the organization for building modern toilet facilities in the school.
‘I want to specially thank the Umu-Igbo Unite Organisation, wherever they are, I appreciate them for making this project a dream a physical reality and helping to write my name in the sand of time and in the history book of this school.
‘I thank wholeheartedly and in a special way, Ikenna and Faith, the foot soldiers and the project supervisor, Donnie Onyeanu as well as the Civil Engineer of the project, Mr Okey for his selfless service and work exquisitely done,’ Okpe said.
She expressed her gratitude to some old students of the school, who have partnered with her in many ways in rebranding the school, among whom is Mrs Edith Okoh, who contributed towards making the school library conducive for reading by donating some money for wall fans in the library.
Others include Anita Ebuka and Dr Chigolum Eze, who have been giving scholarships to students in the school.
She thanked Dr Valentine Ozigbo, former Governorship Candidate in Anambra State for coming up with a solution that helped her to achieve a better result.
She appealed to everyone to look into the various needs of the school and see where they could help in rebranding the school.