Abeokuta facing water scarcity amid of COVID-19 pandemic [Photos]
Residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, are currently going through problem because of the unavailability of water for domestic use amid the lethal coronavirus pandemic, DAILY POST reports.
The need to forestall the unfold of the lethal COVID-19 pandemic has made ordinary handwashing an critical habitual for every person.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and other groups of presidency have encouraged that people need to wash their hands often with soap below running water for at least 20 seconds or greater.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, washing of hands is without a doubt a tough assignment due to water scarcity.
“because the dry season sets in, water becomes very scarce for majority folks residing in Abeokuta, making lifestyles more miserable for us. We’re constantly like this in the course of dry seasons”, Tunji Ougbemi, a resident of Isale-Igbein said.
Notwithstanding the countries financial scenario and the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown, many citizens of the Ogun state capital said they spend approximately N10,000 month-to-month to buy for water for their domestic use.
Our correspondent reviews that majority of folks who couldn’t come up with the money to buy water now look for the crucial commodity, that’s now as scarce as gold.
Trekking from one region to the alternative, residents of the ancient town have been visible with jerrycans as they war to find in which water is available.
A student of one of the higher institutions in Abeokuta, who recognized himself simply as Francis, said, “I typically awaken around 5am everyday to search for water. There may be no water in Abeokuta. If you wake up by 7am, you could now not shower that day due to the fact there won’t be water in the wells any greater. I’m uninterested in this.”
Talking similarly, Francis recalled that he used to scrub his hands when there has been water.
“From April final year, I used to scrub my fingers often as recommended by means of health officers a good way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Then, there has been water because rain became nonetheless falling. But, how do you expect me to scrub my arms when there’s no water to bathe, cook dinner or do other matters?” he queried.
Our correspondent also learnt that some locals now fetch water from unhygienic sources; defying warnings that they might agreement cholera or different waterborne diseases.
In a tour spherical the ancient town, people have been visible scooping water from damaged water pipes in gutters.
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Locals lamented that a number of the public water taps supplied via the government, as well as a few boreholes constructed via politicians and NGOs in distinctive places are mere ‘decorations’.
From Ojere to Olokemeji, Oluwo, Adigbe, Onikolobo, Isale Igbehin, Sapon, Ake, Itoko Abiola way, Ijemo, Asero, Obantoko, Lafenwa, Olomore, in the past Owu, Abiola way, Kuto, Agbeloba and others, the tale is the same.
Our Correspondent noticed that water wells visible in the front of homes round those places are empty as even though they have been everyday pits. But, residents explained that “the wells are greater or much less reservoirs because they only have water throughout rainy seasons.”
“Water has been a hassle in Abeokuta from time immemorial. A bigger percent of the human beings can not have the funds for to dig boreholes or maybe wells.
“that is because of the ‘rocky nature’ of the soil, which makes digging extra difficult and luxurious. That is why the general public are visible on the streets with packing containers, searching for water from one vicinity to every other,” Hazzan Babajide, an aged resident of Ake advised every day put up.
In his words, a resident of Oluwo, Mr Sulaimon Imran, referred to as on government at all stages to come back to the aid of Ogun human beings with the aid of providing modern solar-powered boreholes in strategic locations, and putting identical below the supervision of the Community Development Associations (CDA) for correct maintenances. This he said might lessen water scarcity, adding that it’s far the handiest way to inspire regular handwashing inside the face of the deadly coronavirus.
As of these days, the wash hand basins in maximum schools and different public places are with out running water.
In the meantime, the water problem dealing with the citizens of Abeokuta can be over in July, 2021.
This become showed via the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Friday.
Gov Abiodun, in a announcement, stated contractors running on the Ogun State Water Organization dam in Iberekodo, Abeokuta are intensifying efforts to supply equal as envisaged.
“by using July, Abeokuta and its environs will begin to have regular deliver of potable water.
“this is as I can affirm that the contractor in charge of the rehabilitation of the state Water enterprise dam in Iberekodo, Abeokuta has intensified paintings to automate it and prevent unnecessary loss of resources,” the Governor said in a assertion on his social media handles.