Residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, are at the moment going through 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 necessary routine for one and all.
The World Well being Group (WHO) and different companies of presidency have really helpful that people ought to wash their arms frequently with cleaning soap beneath working water inside 20 seconds or extra.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, washing of arms is solely a tough process 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 state of affairs 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 have been seen with jerrycans as they wrestle to find the place water is offered.
A scholar of one of many greater establishments in Abeokuta, who recognized himself merely as Francis, mentioned, “I often get up round 5am on a regular basis to seek for water. There isn’t a water in Abeokuta. If you happen to get up by 7am, you might 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 clean his arms when there was water.
“From April final 12 months, I used to clean my arms frequently as really helpful by well being officers in an effort 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 clean my arms when there is no such thing as 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 may contract cholera or different waterborne ailments.
In a tour spherical the traditional metropolis, individuals have been seen scooping water from damaged water pipes in gutters.
Locals lamented that most of the public water faucets supplied by the federal government, in addition to some boreholes constructed by politicians and NGOs in several places are mere ‘decorations’.
From Ojere to Olokemeji, Oluwo, Adigbe, Onikolobo, Isale Igbehin, Sapon, Ake, Itoko Abiola Method, Ijemo, Asero, Obantoko, Lafenwa, Olomore, In the past Owu, Abiola Method, Kuto, Agbeloba and others, the story is identical.
Our Correspondent seen that water wells seen in entrance of homes round these locations are empty as if they have been strange pits. However, residents defined that “the wells are roughly reservoirs as a result of they solely have water throughout wet seasons.”
“Water has been an issue in Abeokuta from time immemorial. A bigger share of the individuals can not 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 assistance from 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 scale back water shortage, including that it’s the solely option to encourage common handwashing within the face of the lethal coronavirus.
As of right this moment, the wash hand basins in most colleges and different public locations are with out working water.
In the meantime, the water downside going through 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 useless lack of assets,” the Governor mentioned in a press release on his social media handles.