Ugwuanyi lauds Heineken African Foundation, Water Aid for providing access to clean water to Enugu communities


By Sylvia Udegbunam, Enugu

The Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has commended Heineken African Foundation and Water Aid for providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene to Enugu State Communities. 

Ugwuanyi made this statement through his Special Assistance on water resources, Mr Dubem Onyia during the official close out of the Heneiken Africa Fondation phase 111 project in Nigeria, which took place at Maxbe hotel Independence layout Enugu.

Ugwuanyi emphasized that this HAF project was achieved through partnership between Heneiken Foundation and Water Aid by construction of bore holes, training of local water committees and promotion of good work hygeine practices in Enugu communities.

According to him “This project has given hope to many communities, especially those that have gone years without access to safe drinking water. It is heartwarming to know that with this project, we have been able to provide a lifeline to hundreds of people who have been deprived of this basic necessity.

“I would like to commend the Heineken Africa Foundation in partnership with Water Aid for their commitment to improving the lives of people in Enugu State through sustainable solutions. Their dedication to ensuring that people have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is commendable. 

Special thanks go to the South Saharan Social Development Organization and other NGOs for facilitating the smooth implementation of this project and ensuring that it has a long-lasting impact. Also, my sincere gratitude goes to all the community leaders and stakeholders who worked hand in hand with the Heineken Africa Foundation in partnership with Water Aid to make this project a success”. 

The Country Director, Evelyn Mere in her speech, noted that “this third phase of HAF project, which was centered around pandemic preparedness, focusing on hand washing facilities as an important line for defense against the spread of diseases and future pandemic has been able to construct and installed five new handwashing facilities in some institution. 

“Trained and supported operations and maintenance to enhance the sustainability of the facilities. It has also reached out to 5150 community members with touch points of the hygeine behavior change intervention package, takeaways with hygiene messages on them”.

She further stated that the project has also supported the state to commemorate the 2023 world water day with the theme “Accelerating change to end water and sanitation crisis”. 

Mere appreciated Heineken African Foundation for it’s sustained funding of the HAF project over the past three years. She thanked the government and people of Enugu State for the harmonious working relationship they have had over two decades, saying that together we can make change happen across the 17 local government area in the state by delivering on the promises of clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation for all, one community at a time”.

The Corporate affairs manager East, . Nigeria Breweries PLC, Joy Egolum representing Heineken African Foundation, in her speech noted that Heineken African Foundation is satisfied and proud with the outcome of the partnership with Water Aid, in ensuring that the third phase of the project has been successfully and officially closed. 

She thanked the government of Enugu State for showing the leadership by been the first to legislate anything to do on water. She further commended Water Aid for showing leadership and commitment especially in ensuring that the effect of covid 19 was cushioned.

“On behalf of Heneiken Africa Fondation. We are proud to say that, definitely we have found an ally and a partner in helping us contribute towards sustaining our WASH, narrating as part of our MDG’s and more importantly, our mantra of sustainability as a business because if we have a sustainable soceity, sustainable economy, sustainable people, we can then talk about a sustainable business” she said. 

Among the community beneficiaries representing Olido autonomous community, Mr Jerome Eze thanked HAF and Water Aid for the good news of behavioural change to handwashing and open defecation brought to their community, stressing that they are seeing the impact in their community. 

The event witnessed dignitaries from government, heads of NGO organisations and also presentation of certificates and awards.

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