Support Missionary Agency in partnership with Lagos Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Redeemed Christian Church of God LP 43 Area 27 has provided a heavy-duty borehole facility that will guarantee constant water supply to Agala Ajebo Community on Onisiwo Island in Lagos.
The Island is about 30 minutes by boat from the Siemens Jetty on Apapa. It is also home to 27 villages and an estimated 350, 000 people.
Ironically, it is considered one of the most under-developed parts of Lagos.
Before the borehole was donated, residents of the island had no access to potable water. They also don’t have electricity.
Residents leave the island each day by canoe, headed for jobs, markets, and schools on the mainland. There are no cars or motorbikes on the island. All groceries, drinking water, building material, and fuel for the few who can afford generators were transported by boat from the mainland.
But with the borehole which was formally presented on Friday, September 18, residents of the community can now heave a sigh of relief
The commissioning and handover ceremonies was attended by the traditional head, leaders and members of the Agala Ajebo community.
The excited residents of the community welcomed the SUMA team led by its President Dr Mrs Blessings Jibuike and grand patron Dr. Olusegun Jibuike.
Also in attendance were representatives of the State Chairman of the PFN; Apostle Enyinnaya Okwuonu and senior ministers from the Redeemed Christian Church of God LP 43 Area 27
The brief handover ceremony started with a short prayer by the President of League of Igbo clergy international Apostle Victor Ernest Ndukwe.
It was followed by a short exhortation by Dr. Femi Ferguson. He admonished the people to maintain the facility. He also charged them to put their hope in God who alone can be relied on.
In her address at the event, Dr. Jibuike gave glory to God for providing the means to offer such vital support to the community.
She lamented the poor social condition of the community and its effect on the young, noting that with so many children out of school, the future looked very bleak for the community.
She called on the government to do more for the community in terms of education and social infrastructure.
The SUMA president also encouraged the community to do all it could to maintain the facility. She noted that the absence of electricity in the community is a challenge that has to be surmounted.
She prayed that the government will remember the forgotten people of the island and provide basic infrastructure for them.
Apart from the commissioning and handover of the borehole, the SUMA team also distributed food items, bottled water, and drinks to members of the host community.