Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has inaugurated two industrial borehole projects built by the Edo State Government for the use by the Officers and Men of the 322 Artillery Brigade, Benin City.
The two projects will provide 100,000 litres of water in their overhead tanks and both are connected to power Generators when electricity in the national grid fails.
Speaking at the event, Oshiomhole said the gesture will end the hardship of potable water scarcity suffered by the soldiers in the past five years.
Oshiomhole who praised the efforts of the soldiers in stemming crime in the state said, “Edo State Government is indebted to officers and men of the army as represented by men of the 4 Brigade. You have in addition to your constitutional role identified with government and people of Edo state by participating in the internal security of the state.
“A lot of the kidnappers and violent criminals that have been arrested have been a result of the fire power provided by officers and men of the Brigade to compliment the efforts of the State Security Services as well as the Police. I know on occasions your men paid the supreme price.
“Today, we can say that Edo State is the safest in the South-South geo-political zone. That is as a result of the commendable role of the officers and men of the Brigade. Therefore the Brigade deserves all the support that will bring comfort to it”, he said.
The governor explained, therefore in defining the Edo community, the barracks is at the heart of it. That definition informs our decision to include schools and barracks. We will do more and more schools will be renovated until all the schools in our barracks have red roofs.
“I listened to the Managing Director of Rapid Response and he said that the overhead tank has 21,000 litres of water and we can upgrade it to 50,000 litres and given the challenges of poor supply of electricity and the generator and the need to ensure we don’t pump it everyday, I hereby direct that it be upgraded to the maximum capacity of 50,000 litres”.
He commended the Brigade Commander for a selfless leadership and his ability to attract facilities to the barracks.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Rapid Response Agency, Mujadeen Dako said when the Governor gave the marching order for two boreholes to be built in the Barracks, He was so passionate that he monitored the progress and pace of the work.
“We procured generators and connected it to the National Grid. The station you are seeing here will make provision for 21,000 litres of water and we designed it in such a way that if they want to, they can expand and increase it to 50,000”, he said.
In a remark, the Commanding Officer, 4 Brigade, Brig-Gen. O. Azunta commended the Governor for providing the bore holes for the use of men and officers.
He assured the Governor of the Army’s preparedness to continue to play its role in the fight against crime in the state.