By FEMI SALAWU
As part of her contribution to the community, a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member serving in Abia State, Miss Adenike Ashogbon has erected two water closet toilet facilities for her primary place of assignment, Ujah College, Umuwanwa, Amuzu Ubakala in Ubakala Local Government Area of Umuahia South, Abia State.
While explaining the rationale behind the initiative, Ashogbon, a Mass Communication graduate of Lagos State Polytechnic observed that the need to build the facility as a result of the discomfort experienced by pupils whenever they need to use a toilet facility.
She also stated that the project which is a personal community development initiative was carried out to enhance better and healthy living for all and sundry in the school, with the support of Hacey Health Initiative, a non-governmental organization which empowers and supports children, women and young people to live healthy and sustainably.
The kind-hearted young Nigerian who is a member of Community Development Service, Millennium Development Goals, Family and Community Life (FACOL) stated “I saw the need to give the toilet a face-lift because the students make use of a pit which is unhygienic, while others opt to defecate in the bush. Often times when the students go into the bush to defecate, they are confronted by deadly snakes whose bites are very dangerous and could be life-threatening.”
“While the construction of the toilet was on going, we were almost attacked by a snake and this tells you the kind of danger which the students are exposed to. This and others are some of the other reasons why I decided to build something better for the school,” she said.
Ashogbon further stated that the two water closet toilet project which was completed with a sum of N30,000, was built on an uncompleted toilet building which has been abandoned in the school for a very long time.