Residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, are at present dealing with hardship because of the unavailability of water for home use amid the lethal coronavirus pandemic, DAILY POST stories.
The necessity to cease the unfold of the lethal COVID-19 pandemic has made common handwashing an essential routine for one and all.
The World Well being Group (WHO) and different businesses of presidency have advisable that people ought to wash their arms often with cleaning soap beneath operating water inside 20 seconds or extra.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, washing of arms is solely a troublesome activity owing to water shortage.
“Because the dry season units in, water turns into very scarce for majority of us residing in Abeokuta, making life extra depressing for us. We’re all the time like this throughout dry seasons”, Tunji Ougbemi, a resident of Isale-Igbein instructed our correspondent.
Regardless of the nations financial scenario and the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown, many residents of the Ogun State capital mentioned they spend about N10,000 month-to-month to purchase water for his or her home use.
Our correspondent stories that majority of those that couldn’t afford to purchase water now seek for the important commodity, which is now as scarce as gold.
Trekking from one location to the opposite, residents of the traditional metropolis had been seen with jerrycans as they wrestle to find the place water is accessible.
A pupil of one of many larger establishments in Abeokuta, who recognized himself merely as Francis, mentioned, “I normally get up round 5am on a regular basis to seek for water. There isn’t a water in Abeokuta. In the event you get up by 7am, chances are you’ll not bathe that day as a result of there received’t be water within the wells any extra. I’m uninterested in this.”
Talking additional, Francis recalled that he used to scrub his arms when there was water.
“From April final yr, I used to scrub my arms often as advisable by well being officers to be able to cease the unfold of coronavirus. Then, there was water as a result of rain was nonetheless falling. However, how do you anticipate me to scrub my arms when there isn’t a water to wash, cook dinner or do different issues?” he queried.
Our correspondent additionally learnt that some locals now fetch water from unhygienic sources; defying warnings that they could contract cholera or different waterborne illnesses.
In a tour spherical the traditional metropolis, individuals had been seen scooping water from damaged water pipes in gutters.
Locals lamented that most of the public water faucets offered by the federal government, in addition to some boreholes constructed by politicians and NGOs in numerous places are mere ‘decorations’.
From Ojere to Olokemeji, Oluwo, Adigbe, Onikolobo, Isale Igbehin, Sapon, Ake, Itoko Abiola Manner, Ijemo, Asero, Obantoko, Lafenwa, Olomore, In the past Owu, Abiola Manner, Kuto, Agbeloba and others, the story is identical.
Our Correspondent observed that water wells seen in entrance of homes round these locations are empty as if they had been peculiar pits. However, residents defined that “the wells are kind of reservoirs as a result of they solely have water throughout wet seasons.”
“Water has been an issue in Abeokuta from time immemorial. A bigger proportion of the individuals can’t afford to dig boreholes and even wells.
“That is due to the ‘rocky nature’ of the soil, which makes digging harder and costly. That’s the reason most individuals are seen on the streets with containers, looking for water from one place to a different,” Hazzan Babajide, an aged resident of Ake instructed DAILY POST.
In his phrases, a resident of Oluwo, Mr Sulaimon Imran, referred to as on authorities in any respect ranges to come back to the help of Ogun individuals by offering state-of-the-art solar-powered boreholes in strategic places, and inserting identical beneath the supervision of the Group Improvement Associations (CDA) for correct maintenances. This he mentioned would cut back water shortage, including that it’s the solely solution to encourage common handwashing within the face of the lethal coronavirus.
As of in the present day, the wash hand basins in most faculties and different public locations are with out operating water.
In the meantime, the water downside dealing with the individuals of Abeokuta could also be over in July, 2021.
This was confirmed by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Friday.
Gov Abiodun, in a press release, mentioned contractors engaged on the Ogun State Water Company dam in Iberekodo, Abeokuta are intensifying efforts to ship identical as envisaged.
“By July, Abeokuta and its environs will start to have common provide of potable water.
“That is as I can affirm that the contractor in control of the rehabilitation of the State Water Company dam in Iberekodo, Abeokuta has intensified work to automate it and cease unnecessary lack of sources,” the Governor mentioned in a press release on his social media handles.