In keeping with her corporate social responsibility mandate, Veritas University Abuja has embarked on a bore-hole sinking project in the host community of Zuma, in Bwari Area Council. While commissioning the project on Thursday, 6th October, 2022, the Vice Chancellor of Veritas University, Prof. Hyacinth Ichoku, said the water project will alleviate the sufferings of women and girls in the community who travel far distances in search of water.
Prof. Ichoku added that the water project is one of the series of interventions carried out in the host communities of Zuma and Gaba where the communities have benefited from several projects like: donation of transformers, scholarship offers to citizens of the communities to study in Veritas University, employment for citizens of the host communities, provision of generators and maintenance, sighting of police outpost, facilitating the deployment of military personnel to attend to the security needs of both communities of Zuma and Gaba among others.
While expressing his deep gratitude towards the magnanimous gesture of the administration of Prof. Ichoku as well as his predecessors, the traditional ruler of Zuma community, Chief Peter Akwodayi, assured the university management of their continuous commitment to fostering peaceful coexistence with the university community.
Although water is fundamental to many other aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is still under threat due to rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing pressure from agriculture, industry and the energy sector. This informs the community intervention drive of Veritas University in recent time, which has gained acceleration because of the realization that, safely managed drinking water, sanitation and hygiene are vital to human health. This will further reduce the billions of people who still lack potable water supplies by the end of the year 2030.
Enuwa Evelyn Obekpa, PRO, Veritas University, Abuja