Aihi helps villagers with water tanks

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday, June 8th 2011

WATER woes for one village in Central will be alleviated after a donation of tanks.
The tanks, courtesy of the Kairuku-Hiri’s agriculture and community development funding through the district services improvement programme, will enable the people in Vanapa area to gain easier access to water.
Presenting the tanks, Kairuku-Hiri MP and Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology Paru Aihi said the presentation as the first of many others soon to be rolled out to other areas.
He said it had become the norm to see many young children fetch water from rivers and carry it to their houses.
That practice, he said, had gone on for too long.
He said the office was slowly getting things done in terms of education, infrastructure and roads to get closer to the people.
Aihi said although no-one was in control of the water, he presented the tanks with faith in God to supply the water.
He said his office would try to source funding to help Tubuseirea with their “acute water problem”.  
A pleased Vanapa committee chairman, Patrick Arua, said the presentation was a first for his community.
The five tanks are valued at more than K10,000 and will be delivered as soon as the communities identify which areas to place them.