The attention of the Wife of Niger State Governor Doctor Amina Abubakar Bello has been drawn to a publication in one of the National Dailies “The Nation” alleging her involvement in the sale of water to residents in Minna metropolis.
We would like to debunk the allegations as not only spurious but mischievous as the said project is one of the intervention programmes of the Non- governmental,non- profit organisation founded by the Wife of the Governor, RAISE Foundation.
A statement issued by the press secretary to the wife of the state Governor,Rabi Sarki Bello explained that the borehole in question was constructed by the Foundation as part of its Girl-child education intervention aimed at increased enrollment and retention of girls in school.
The project, called WATER FOR EDUCATION PROJECT has three main arms which includes provision of potable water for the school especially the girls, empowerment for youth and sustainability for the Foundation’s interventions.
The provision of water to girls in the school is a direct response to improve their attendance and retention in school seeing that it is mostly girls who do the chores in fetching water.
According to her, money generated from the project goes towards maintaining the borehole and water services, empowerment of the youth who drive tha tankers and interventions such as the VVF surgical repairs, MNCH program, Skill acquisition, treatment for cancer patients that the Foundation provides .
“This is not a profit making business and all the money generated goes towards these three arms of the project” .
Meanwhile,we must also emphatically state here, that,the alleged N100 million purported to have been received from partners is also not only false but unfounded.
The press secretary Rabi Sarki Bello, therefore urged journalists to always be professional in the discharge of their duties by ensuring that they veryfy issues from the source before rushing to the press.