For many communities, the exploits of their sons and daughters in foreign lands are seen as a blessing from God. And such communities pray that their sons or daughters, at the height of their fame, allow such good tidings to trickle down to them in many ways.
That is exactly what has happened to the Obagaji Agatu community in Agatu Council of Benue State, whose son, Super Eagles star, Moses Simon, has drilled three boreholes to end their quest for access to potable water.
The Nantes of France star, a native of Benue State, who has spent the best part of his life in Kaduna State, Simon still considered it a priority to remember the people from the place of his origin, a gesture that has earned him praises and commendations from the Head of the community, Chief James Ocheche.
Explaining their plight, the community head said the people of the region have been without potable water since it came into existence, adding that they had been relying mainly on rainwater or water from the stream for their daily usage and consumption.
“We have been without water for as long as we have existed as a community. The source of water to drink has been from rainwater and well. After the rainy season, we depend on the water source known as the ewu.
“Recently, we thank God for some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) that sunk one or two boreholes for us, but because our water table is too deep, most of the boreholes sunk have not been a good source of water,” Chief James explained.
On the gesture by Simon Moses, the chief said he had nothing but thanks to the Nigerian international, who has brought to an end the desire of the community to have good water for consumption and other basic needs.
“Early this year, a brother of Moses Simon came and said Simon is concerned about the source of our drinking water in the community and other social amenities in the community.
“He was sympathetic enough to sink three boreholes as an individual. You can see that he is a boy, who wants the development of his community. May God keep him and may God lift him up.”
The project is one of the numerous developmental efforts embarked upon by the 25-year-old this year.
Only recently, he reached out to the Internally Displaced People (IDP) of Southern Kaduna, giving out clothes, food, and drugs, paying for their free medical service plus N500,000 cash.