The Rotary Club of Abuja has constructed a four-unit toilet facility in the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary school, Gwarinpa, on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). A total of 964 students will enjoy the donated facility.
The Club’s District 9125 Governor, Mr. Tolu Omatsola, who commissioned the project recently, said the gesture falls under the club’s three areas of focus: basic education and literacy, disease prevention and treatment, water, and sanitation.
He said the club had been concerned that a school, founded in 2002, with 964 students, did not have a modern toilet, forcing the staff and students to use “a very old, overflowing pit latrine, with the attendant risks of infections.” According to him, the toilets, which have water facilities, would now enable the students to ease themselves properly, wash their hands and avoid diseases.
The club’s Service Project Committee chairman, Mrs. Angela Agbayekhai, said the club had been executing projects in the school in previous years, and had also awarded scholarships to 105 of its pupils in 2009.
“The club, with the help of a District Grant, also executed a water borehole project in same school some three years ago,” she explained.
Head Teacher of the school, Mallam Shuaibu Usman, said: “If all Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) perform like the Rotary Club, primary schools will not lack facilities. Look round the compound and you will see that there are no toilet facilities aside the one built by the club. Rotary Club is the first to build modern toilet in LGEA school, Gwarinpa. We say thank you very much and pray that this partnership will continue to thrive even as we expect, through the help of the Director General, that you would add another toilet for us.”
A Primary Six pupil of the school, Master Nwachukwu Wisdom, said: “We thank Club for this facility. We now have a place where we can ease and protect ourselves properly from germs.”