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Residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, are at present going through hardship as a result of 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 vital routine for one and all.
The World Well being Group (WHO) and different businesses of presidency have really helpful that people ought to wash their palms recurrently with cleaning soap beneath working water inside 20 seconds or extra.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, washing of palms is just 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 at all times like this throughout dry seasons”, Tunji Ougbemi, a resident of Isale-Igbein informed 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 stated 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 battle to find the place water is on the market.
A pupil of one of many increased establishments in Abeokuta, who recognized himself merely as Francis, stated, “I normally get up round 5am on a regular basis to seek for water. There isn’t any water in Abeokuta. When you get up by 7am, it’s possible you’ll not bathe that day as a result of there gained’t be water within the wells any extra. I’m bored with this.”
Talking additional, Francis recalled that he used to scrub his palms when there was water.
“From April final yr, I used to scrub my palms recurrently as really helpful by well being officers with a view to cease the unfold of coronavirus. Then, there was water as a result of rain was nonetheless falling. However, how do you count on me to scrub my palms when there isn’t a water to wash, prepare 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 ailments.
In a tour spherical the traditional metropolis, folks have 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 several areas are mere ‘decorations’.
From Ojere to Olokemeji, Oluwo, Adigbe, Onikolobo, Isale Igbehin, Sapon, Ake, Itoko Abiola Means, Ijemo, Asero, Obantoko, Lafenwa, Olomore, In the past Owu, Abiola Means, 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 unusual 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 folks 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, trying to find water from one place to a different,” Hazzan Babajide, an aged resident of Ake informed DAILY POST.
In his phrases, a resident of Oluwo, Mr Sulaimon Imran, known as on authorities in any respect ranges to return to the help of Ogun folks by offering state-of-the-art solar-powered boreholes in strategic areas, and putting similar beneath the supervision of the Group Growth Associations (CDA) for correct maintenances. This he stated would scale back water shortage, including that it’s the solely technique to encourage common handwashing within the face of the lethal coronavirus.
As of as we speak, the wash hand basins in most colleges and different public locations are with out working water.
In the meantime, the water drawback going through the folks of Abeokuta could also be over in July, 2021.
This was confirmed by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Friday.
Gov Abiodun, in an announcement, stated contractors engaged on the Ogun State Water Company dam in Iberekodo, Abeokuta are intensifying efforts to ship similar 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 accountable for the rehabilitation of the State Water Company dam in Iberekodo, Abeokuta has intensified work to automate it and cease useless lack of sources,” the Governor stated in an announcement on his social media handles.

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