Bauchi residents seek potable water supply from government
Residents of Kankarofi, Bakin Kura area of Bauchi metropolis have pleaded with the state government to provide the area with potable water to prevent their children from water borne diseases, especially, cholera. Speaking with The Guardian, yesterday, the women leader in the area, Khadija Mohammed said in the past five years, the residents have been living without clean water supply. She said due to lack of potable water, children no longer go to school, while married women in purdah are being forced to expose themselves to various dangers.
Another resident, Bashir Umar, expressed displeasure over the situation. “We are part of Bauchi metropolis, but we are not enjoying social amenities, particularly clean water,” he said. In another area of the metropolis, Kandahar, residents also complained of lack of access to clean water, alleging that most times, when water is provided, they find worms and maggots inside.
Reacting to the development, Managing Director, Bauchi State Urban Water, Sewage Corporation, Engr. Aminu Aliyu Gital said government was aware of the situation and working to tackle it. The awareness on importance of potable water followed an advocacy/training, conducted by Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), in partnership with Water Sanitation and Hygiene Media on (WASH) Right at Kandahar and Bakin Kura communities.
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