The residents of Kazura community in Birniwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Jigawa on Thursday lamented over acute water scarcity and appealed to the state government to come to their rescue.
One of the residents, Alhaji Wali Kazura, aide to Alhaji Suleiman Idris, the Kazura Village Head, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Birniwa that the community required urgent intervention on water supply.
“It is imperative for the state and local governments to drill more hand-pump boreholes because the two functional boreholes in this community cannot meet the water demand of the residents.
“Only two of the three boreholes we have in the whole of Kazura are functional, meanwhile, this is a community of nearly 4,000 people.
“We abandoned the third one at Anguwan-Kudu area 10 years ago because the water smells of kerosene and as a result of this problem and dry season, the community is facing water scarcity.
“The situation is pathetic and it has brought untold hardship upon our people,” he said while speaking on behalf of the community.
Kazura said the scarcity had forced people to trek miles to nearby villages in search of clean water.
“We are forced to either trek to access the functional boreholes.
“Before, we used to fetch water from the stream as alternative but it is unfortunately that the streams have now dried up.
“Even if the three boreholes are fully functional, they cannot produce sufficient water for a desert community like ours,” he said.
Kazura said the community had reported the matter to the local government council, but nothing had been done to reduce their suffering.
However, the spokesman of the council, Alhaji Abdullahi Yakubu, gave an assurance that the management would soon come to the aid of the people.
He told NNN that “I sincerely sympathise with the Kazura people; I want to tell you that very soon, we would go and collect soil and water samples in the area for laboratory analysis.
“The management will soon do everything possible to address the water scarcity in that area.”