Edo - Fifty years after the only public borehole in Igueben in Edo went moribund, the people were on Friday given a new lease of life, when the state government re-activated the borehole.
The borehole was first inaugurated in 1962 in Igueben Community of Igueben Local Government Area of Edo, but went moribund almost immediately.
Equipped with more than 400,000 litres of storage tank and a standby generator, the 50-year-old borehole was re-activated by the Edo Government through its Rapid Response Agency (RRA).
At the official handing over of the re-activated borehole to the community, the government reiterated its determination to make water available to all nooks and crannies of the state.
The Director of the agency, Mr Sam Eboigbe, who officially handed over the borehole to the local government council, dismissed the myth that water can only be made available in certain parts of the state.
He said as part of the efforts to make water available in all parts of the state, the government had to acquire special drilling rigs.
``Before now, our people were made to believe that water cannot be made available in some parts of the state, especially in Esan Land.
``With the commissioning of the Igueben water project and others alike in Esan Land and with more to be commissioned in the days ahead, that myth has been broken,'' he said.
The Igueben Progressive Union (IPU), however called for proper reticulation of the water to all parts of the community and urged the government to make water available to other parts of Igeuben Local Government Area.
The National Chairman of the union, Mr Herbert Ekhoye, said that with commissioning of the borehole first built in 1962, the ``excruciating experience of searching for water at high rate has stopped''.
``With the coming on stream of the borehole, our people can now enjoy water in abundance,'' he said.
Also speaking, the council Chairman, Mr Sylvanus Igbogbo, while calling on the government to extend other dividends of democracy to the council area, said the council would do all within its power to protect the borehole from vandals.