Cardinal Anthony Okogie, a former Archbishop of Lagos Diocese, Catholic Church, has donated a water plant worth N25m to the Augustine University, Ilara Epe, Lagos State.
Okogie, who at the commissioning ceremony thanked those who assisted him making the donation to the institution, said the water plant was built to provide potable water with state of the art facilities to the university.
“Taking a leap from the English proverb that, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, the institution took the step to proffer a permanent solution to water problem on the campus. It was the need of a regular water supply that led us to a water plant.
“It, therefore, becomes expedient to source for a means of potable water because it is a basic necessity of life,” Okogie said.
Sir Steve Omojafor, Chairman, Board of Trustee of the institution, said the decision to build the water plant came after seeing students of the campus go through stress to get drinking water.
Omojafor said the idea started from the school governing council, adding that Okogie volunteered to sponsor the project.
The proprietor of the institution and Metropolitan Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Martins, said one of the visions of the Cardinal was to ensure that students had access to clean water.
“Water is essential but can’t be useful if it is not treated. This is just like how Elijah in the Bible purifies water before it could be useful. In Augustine University, we don’t only have purified water but also sanctified water.”