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Access to potable water is a cornerstone of millennial and sustainable development goals worldwide, an essential lifeline that not only sustains life but also paves the way for progress and prosperity. It's no wonder that the visionary mayor of our Igbo Etiti Hon Ikenna Nwodo, recognized this importance and chose  modern and equipped boreholes as a primary project to transform the  communities within the council.

Water, as a fundamental human right, plays a pivotal role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It's at the heart of Goal 6: "Clean Water and Sanitation." But its significance extends far beyond this specific goal, especially when we consider its profound impact on agriculture and farming as majority of our people today embark on commercial farming of the popular Ose Nsukka, Tomatoes, and garden eggs.

Food Security: Agriculture is heavily dependent on water. Adequate water supply is essential for crop growth especially our 'ose', tomotoes and garden egg . A modern borehole ensures that farmers have reliable access to water, enabling them to cultivate crops consistently without season. This, in turn, enhances food security in our community and beyond. The young mayor has encouraged thousands of the people directly to improve on their targets.

Increased Crop Yields: With a consistent and clean water supply, farmers can optimize their agricultural practices. Proper water supply via boreholes and water management lead to higher crop yields, providing surplus produce for both local consumption and sale, thereby contributing to Goal 2 of SDGs (Zero Hunger).

Livelihoods and Economic Growth: Agriculture is a primary source of livelihood for many in our community today . Access to water supports farmers, helping them generate income and boost the local economy. This aligns with Goal 1 (No Poverty) and Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth). The choice of consistent water supply by the mayor is hence a very rational decision and is commendable.

Climate Resilience: Climate change brings uncertainty to farming. Access to water allows for adaptation strategies, such as drought-resistant crop varieties and efficient water usage, making our agricultural sector more resilient to climate-related challenges. No one knows how tomorrow will be but taking the bold step today to prepare for the rainy day through water supply is a right step in the right direction.

Community Empowerment: By ensuring that our farmers have the water they need as well as every household in various communities,  mayor have adequately empowered our agricultural community. This fosters a sense of pride and unity among citizens, promoting community development.

In choosing  modern and equipped boreholes as a primary project, our mayor is not only addressing immediate water needs but also bolstering our agricultural sector and other sectors, this is inline with Governor peter Ndubuisi Mba , the distributive innovator of Enugu State's policy on water for Ndi Enugu, His Excellency maintained that Ndi Enugu will have access to clean water before His one hundred and eighty days in the office and today is is already near completion.To this way say "like Governor like the mayor of Igbo Etiti" The  project represents a holistic approach to sustainable development, one that not only quenches our thirst but also nourishes our fields and fortifies our future. In ensuring access to potable water and supporting agriculture, we are not only meeting basic human needs but also embracing vital components of global development that will shape a more prosperous and resilient community for generations to come.

 _Comr maduabuchi Ogbene writing from Nsukka

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