A near abandoned Wesere community, in Lagos highly lacking in infrastructure deployments is springing to life after Actionaid Nigeria, intervened in various ways to bring life back to inhabitants of the area.
ActionAid an international non-governmental organization whose primary aim is to work against poverty and injustice worldwide, often via local partner organisations identified the suffering of the community people and entered into partnership with the Humanity Family Foundation for Peace and Development, HUFFPED, to execute some projects in the area.
Oriental News learned that Actionaid Nigeria, began work in Wesere in October 2017 with fund generated through the community sponsorship initiative locally in Nigeria.
The community is located off Owode-Apa-Kankon road about 30-40 minutes drive from Badagry town and about 5 minutes away from popular government boarding school, Lagos state Model College Kankon, LSMC.
There are three other schools along Owode-Apa-Kankon road, two primary schools and one secondary school, and theses are schools attended by children from Wesere.
Unfortunately the primary schools are in Sarwa, about 60 minutes walk from the community and Apa about 90 minutes walk from Weseere, while the secondary school is located very close to Kankon, which 15 minutes from the Model School.
According to the chairman, stakeholders committee of Local Rights Programme, LRP, in the area, Mr. Bayo Ogunwale, the community has over 100 children about 95 per cent of them walk some kilometers to and from schools every day, and the community has no functional water sources.
The use the stream or walk about 30 minutes to other communities with borehole To access clean water.
Also, the closest health center to the community is in Kwene, about 45 minutes walk from Wesere and this health center which shares the same building with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office is partially functional.
Ogunwale said the community people sometimes go to bigger hospitals in Benin Republic to access healthcare or health center in Apa community which has improved facilities and regular workers than the one in Kwene.
Because of absence of modern health facilities the community patronizes traditional birth attendants while while in few cases they consult with auxiliary nurses who also offer medical services in their homes.
These were the challenges faced by the community residents who are mere petty traders and peasant farmers, until the intervention of Actionaid which has prompted action of government to grade their local sandy road tracks and stipends for the women to go back to farming and trading.
According to country director Actionaid Nigeria, Ms Ene Obi, fifteen women were empowered with N30,000 each and this has enabled them to go into local soap making, fishing and other agriculture productions.
Some of them who shared their testimonies during a feed back visit to the community at the weekend commended efforts of the Actionaid for coming to their rescue.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Debora Awambe said she was jobless and hardly support the husband for upkeep of the family until the Organization intervened and now she has gone back to the farm.
Another beneficiary Grace Hunsa said many of them who abandoned their farms have returned as they could buy seeds and plant while their husbands have returned into fishing and making sales to support their children education.