A young Nigerian member of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC, after seeing the bad condition of her host community, raised funds and changed local well to a solar-powered tap in Ogun State.
A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Cherish Akefe Odunayo, has helped to ease the difficulties of drawing water manually from a deep well by the people of Leguwa, Kemta Housing Estate, Idi-Araba, Ogun state. She has renovated the community well and converted it into a solar-powered tap that now automatically pumps and stores water in an overhead tank which she also provided. The young lady was posted to the community to carry out her one-year mandatory youth service. But when she got there, observed the poor condition of the people and decided to contribute her quota, no matter how small.
Cherish Akefe incidentally attended secondary school in Kemta, the place she was posted for her NYSC. In an interview with Legit.ng, she said: “Leguwa has a well that was in a very poor condition when I met it, so I renovated it, fixed and repaired all that needed touch on, including the solar panels to the well, did a scaffold to hold the tank, bought a 2000 litre tank, bought and installed solar panells, bought a solar-powered pump and did a tap area consisting of 3/4 taps for ease in getting water. The system works based on solar from the sun. “When energy is generated from the sun, the water automatically pumps till the tank is full. It has a sensor and a regulator to this effect.” Narrating how she got the N2m for the project, she said she mobilized funds from social media and well-to-do members of the Leguwa, Kemta community. She said some of her mates in secondary school also helped. According to her, some of the technicians worked for free as their contribution to the project.