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Abuja, May 15, 2018 Jawa Pharmaceutical Company and other partners are leading the campaign to build a home for Jigawa gateman, who served the company selflessly for 25 years.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Musa Usman, a Fulani from Giljimmi community in Birniwa Local Government Area of Jigawa State, had served an Indian National, Mr Varkey Verghese, the Managing Director of Jawa Pharmaceutical Company in Lagos for 25 years.

Upon leaving the company, his boss offered to build a house for him to appreciate his hardworking nature and diligence, but Usman rejected the house gift, insisting that a borehole be sunk in his village, which lacked potable water.

Verghese said that his decision for the parting gift was as a result of high degree of honesty exhibited by Usman, while working for him, saying there was never a time when any of his items got missing.

“Musa has served me diligently for 25 years, we will travel to India and leave our house under his care and we will always meet everything intact. He is indeed, an honest Nigerian,” he said.

Meanwhile, Musa said that he rejected the offer because he be the only one live in the house, while the water project would  serve the entire community, hence the choice to accept the offer for a borehole.

He said that people in his community usually trekked for no less than 4km to get water, suffering untold hardships and many diseases due to lack of access to potable water supply.

“Our people are really suffering they trek long distances to get water, if they give me the house only, I and my family will live in the house, but if they provide water for my community, everybody will benefit from it.

“My friends and family thought I am crazy that I got an opportunity to own a house of my own , but decided to choose my community instead of myself, but I told them I know what I want.’’

The Convener, #Shelter4MusaUsman Campaign, Dr Ipoade Omilaju, said that the campaign aimed at showing the world that Nigerians “are good and diligent’’, and called on everyone to donate to the worthy cause.

Omilaju said that it was a matter for regret that Nigeria was one of the countries which did not meet the Millennium Development Goals on water and sanitation, stressing the need for collective action to change the narratives.

“In Nigeria, according to UNICEF, 73 per cent of the diarrhea diseases burden is associated with poor access to adequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and is disproportionately borne by poorer children.

“Frequent episodes of WASH-related ill-health in children contribute to absenteeism in school and malnutrition.”

Omilaju, while commending efforts of Jawa Pharmaceutical company for genuine reward of selfless service, pledged to take the campaign to build a home for Musa aggressively.

The immediate past President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, expressed worry about poor access to WASH in the country.

According to him, access to water is critical to inclusive growth and development, saying the corporate social responsibility of Jawa pharmaceutical should be emulated by all.

Yakasai linked insurgency, conflict and unending violence to unequal distribution of wealth and poor access to basic needs, calling on tiers of government to prioritise these needs.

Nigeria needs to start rewarding selfless service and becoming more humane in policies and programmes, if we do these things, we would be better for it.”

Other partners include the WASH Media Network, WaterAid among others, with calls to make access to WASH a priority.

The #Shelter4MusaUsman campaign aims at raising funds to help build a home for Musa Usman, with donations already coming in from highly spirited individuals.

The Account Name is Shelter For Musa Usman – Account Number – 203415584, First Bank Plc.

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