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FCT communities request government intervention due to lack of clean water



Residents of Gwagwalada Area Council in the FCT are urging local and national authorities to tackle the shortage of clean water in rural areas.

In interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, the residents highlighted the lack of access to clean and sufficient water supply in most communities. The Madaki of Paiko-kore, Mr Baba-B Danjuma, stressed the urgent need for domestic water in the community, where over 6,000 people rely on a single overhead tank.

Danjuma described the inadequate water situation as a significant health challenge for the community, especially in areas such as Angwan Chaiko, where over 2,000 people have access to just one hand borehole, leading to long queues and water shortages for some households.

He also mentioned that the available stream in the area is highly contaminated and unsuitable for human consumption, yet people have no alternative but to use it. In other areas like Angwan cashew, Mabo, and Iba road, the river is located three kilometers away from the community, compelling people to trek long distances in search of water.

In Boji, the situation is dire, with a primary school lacking water and pupils having to fetch water from the river, exposing them to potential hazards.

Danjuma urged the government, Area Council Chairman, and NGOs to intervene and prevent the outbreak of diseases like cholera due to the water crisis.

Similarly, in Dubuza, the Mai Angwan, Mr Yakubu Ibrahim, revealed that the area only has one non-functional borehole, forcing residents to purchase water from commercial vendors at high prices. He emphasized the deplorable conditions of water scarcity and the health risks posed by sharing rivers with livestock.

In Gwako, a resident, Mrs Sarah Ken, highlighted the serious water challenges faced by the community, where residents resort to using streams for household needs due to the high cost of purchasing water from vendors.

She appealed for assistance from the government and individuals, emphasizing the indispensability of water for life.