The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) has commissioned borehole projects in two communities of Lagos schools in a move that has been widely commended by the beneficiaries and the Lagos Local Education Authorities.
Before the intervention by NAHCO, pupils at the two locations in Ewutuntun, Mafoluku, where a total of five schools were located had always needed to go out of the school premises hunting for water from neighouring houses during school hours. The absence of water had also made maintenance of hygiene difficult in the schools.
However, the commissioning Friday by the Group Managing Director/CEO of the foremost groundhandling Company, Mr. Indranil Gupta, has substantially solved the problem.
Gupta said at the commissioning, “The borehole project is one that would provide water for the children in the school and those who will come after them.”
He noted that Nahco is fully committed to supporting the government through its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
According to the NAHCO CEO, stakeholders have to come together to support the government in achieving the dream of providing a better future for our children. He added that it is the duty of the community, not just the family, to raise children.
While appreciating NAHCO for coming through for the school children, the Head of Mobilization at the Local Government Education Authority, Mrs. Florence Aderemi said that the presence of the borehole facilities would lead to an increase in enrolment and retention of children in the schools.
She pointed out that it had always been a painful experience for her seeing the school children going out of school premises in search of water.
She thanked NAHCO for the assistance to the Schools while praying for the continued progress of the Company.
Also, a former Headteacher, State Primary School, Ewutuntun, Mrs. Nwafor, was full of gratitude to nahco aviance. She related how tough it had been for the school to cope without water and all efforts to get the problem resolved proved abortive.
On her part, the Headteacher of the Ewu Primary School, Mrs. Victoria Adeyemi, was emotional as she danced during the commissioning for the timely intervention by nahco aviance. “All I can say is that God will bless nahco,” she kept repeating again and again.
The first project located at State Primary School, 3 Bode Onifade Street, Ewutuntun, would serve the school, the Community Primary School, Ewu and the State Primary School, Mafoluku. The second borehole project located at Ewu Primary School, 1-7 Ogundele Street, Ewutuntun would serve both the named school and Methodist Primary School, Ewutuntun.
The Company also provided power generating sets to power the boreholes.
Clean Water and Sanitation is one of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recognizing the need to address this vital requirement in the community, NAHCO took the initiative to install borehole facilities in the schools. These boreholes will provide potable and safe water, ensuring that the pupils and staff have access to clean water for drinking, sanitation, and other essential needs.
The CSR initiative is one of the several ways in which NAHCO, impacts the lives of the communities where it operates. Similar interventions had been made in the past in locations such as Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kano.
The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) is West Africa’s foremost ground handling service provider, with presence in all the major Nigerian airports.
Founded in December 1979, as Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Limited by the Federal Government, through the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in conjunction with Air France, British Airways, Sabena and Lufthansa, it has however become a publicly quoted company through privatization, and thus renamed NAHCO Plc.
NAHCO Plc has since grown into a multi-billion Naira company with diversified investments in energy, logistics, a Free Trade Zone Company and a food and beverage export company.