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Abuja residents lament scarcity of potable water

19 December 2013, 21:23

Abuja - Residents of Jahi community in the FCT are now groaning over their lack of access to potable water, saying they have been relying on water vendors.

The Village Head of the community, Saliu Adamu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that more than 400 000 residents of the community depended largely on a river source for drinking water.

The situation has given rise to water vendors who are making brisk business in the community as a four-litre Jerry-can of water is sold for N20.

Iliasu Adamu, a student of Gateway Polytechnic and a resident of Jahi, lamented the neglect by the appropriate quarters, noting that the community often went through "untold hardships'' to get water.

According to him, many of the residents who cannot afford water from the vendors have to trek long distances to fetch it from the river.

NAN reports that Jahi community is in the heart of Abuja in the FCT.

When a NAN correspondent visited the river, the environment was well kept and neat, but the road leading to it was full of refuse which could impact negatively on the health of the community.

Adamu said that the situation had become pitiable for the residents as effort to draw the attention of FCT administration to address the issue proved abortive.

He called on well meaning Nigerians to assist the community.

The community, however, heaved a sigh of relief from its myriad of problems when the Joseph Amuta Adeyi Foundation (JAAF) provided a free medical service to the residents.

The service covered consultation, diagnosis and treatment of malaria and typhoid, among others.

Residents of the community came out en-mass to access the gesture and lauded the foundation for its magnanimity.

-  NAN


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