The Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, has provided a borehole each in Sheda and Pegi communities in the Federal Capital Territory.
The boreholes were donated to enhance access to potable water by residents of the communities.
The Chairman of the Commission, Josephat Abaagu inaugurated the boreholes on Thursday.
The projects, sited at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Parish in Sheda and St Francis Catholic Church, Pegi, were approved by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese, His Grace Ignatius Kaigama.
Abaagu said that the projects were to provide quality potable water to the communities which were facing severe water challenges.
The chairman expressed the hope that the provision of the boreholes would insulate young people in the area from exposure to negative vices and harm while in search of water in places far from their homes.
Abaagu also said that the intervention was aimed at improving the health of the people.
“The projects are expected to complement government efforts as they continue to find ways of providing improved social welfare services in Nigeria and improve the livelihood of citizens.”
He expressed the commitment of the commission to do more to improve the standard of living of parishioners and the people in general.
“The Archdiocese of Abuja remain resolute in the business of improving the lives and welfare of individuals, our communities and the nation at large,’’ he added.
In their respective remarks, the Parish Priests of the two churches, Rev. Thomas Edogbanya and Rev. Fr Victor Ilo, commended the archbishop for the project.
Also, Stephen Faruna, First Vice Chairman, Sheda Parish Pastoral Council, commended the commission for the gesture and assured proper care of the borehole.
He said it was an opportunity for some of the parishioners to engage in ice block, fish breeding and other businesses.
In Pegi, Mr Destiny Igboanugo expressed joy and gratitude to the archbishop for approving the project.
He said the community lacked potable water and their situation was worse during the dry season.