The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG has commissioned a N2.2 million storm-water drainage system the church donated to the Langbasa Community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The project represented the response of RCCG to the outcry of the community which has long suffered uncontrolled flooding with the associated health and environmental consequences.
The community had solicited the help of the church in combating the menace posed by the perennial flooding of the area. This challenge was promptly taken up as a social responsibility initiative by the the Lagos Province 23 of the church located along Ado–Badore Road, Ajah, Lekki, Lagos.
Pastor Brown Oyitso, who represented the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor E. A. Adeboye at the commissioning last week, commended the community for their co-operation in identifying the project as a core need and also for their co-operation which ensured the positive and speedy completion of the storm-water drainage system.
He assured the community of RCCG’s continuous support and promised to look into other areas of their needs starting with potable water supply which, he said, will be given priority attention. Oyitso noted that prior to RCCG intervention, the major issue that had plagued the community was annual flooding of their houses and shops especially during the overflow of nearby lakes.
“To complicate their predicament, the floods facilitated the carriage and dumping of refuse and waterborne germs into residences and shops of the community. Residents were also exposed to reptiles and marine organisms. Children and pedestrians were faced with a great deal of inconvenience and dangers when maneuvering through the deep areas of the flood,” Pastor Oyitso said.
Continuing, he noted that “flooding of the major road leading into the Langbasa Community damaged vehicles, tri-cycles and motor cycles imparting on cost of repairs. Furthermore, the flood caused damages to buildings, shops and furniture. People had to bear the added stench caused by the dirt and mucky water”.
Oyitso stated that the Church ensured that the community partook in the execution of the project as sub-contractors and workers thereby enabling them to earn some income. He observed that the project has provided a preferred alternative route for road users of the adjoining Harmony Estate to bypass flooded roads to their residences by going through the now passable Langbasa road.
An elated Baale of Langbasa, Chief Fatai Adeboye Pelujo was full of praises for the Church for coming to the aid and rescue of his people. He reaffirmed the serious problems that the community faced for many years, pointing out that he was happy that the RCCG has brought succor to them and has put smiles on their faces.
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