Zaria - Acute scarcity of water in Zaria has shot its price up as a jerry can nows sells between N30 and N35 against the old rate of N20.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports on Thursday that the scarcity of water in Zaira, Kaduna State, surfaced after a protest by water vendors on Saturday.
The vendors, called mairuwa in local parlance, were protesting the hike in the levy they paid daily to the local government council from N20 to N60.
Speaking to NAN, Malam Muzammilu Garba, a resident of Alfadarai, said that the scarcity was disturbing and a burden to the people.
He said the price of a jerry can of water had not only gone up, but it had even become difficult to get to buy.
``It is not about the price alone; even to see a water vendor is a serious concern,`` he said.
Malam Sambo Danjuma, a dry cleaner of Limanci, said ``we now pay between N30 and N35 for one jerry can of water that will not be enough for a family of five.
``This acute water shortage is affecting my business adversely.``
He appealed to the Kaduna State Government to urgently intervene and make them enjoy enough of the resource.
Malam Idi Lawali, the spokesman for the water vendors, said that the levy imposed on them by the council officials was too much.
Lawali said that most of them hired the trucks they used in hawking water around the city.
``We not only hire the trucks, some of us who are employed by a major vendor still have to bring back returns daily to our bosses.
``With us paying so much to government, then our lives have become worse for it. People are suffering this high tax from our leaders,`` Lawali said.
He said that it was not too good for government to ask its citizens to pay tax that would make their lives more miserable.
All efforts by NAN correspondent to get the Chairman, Zaria Local Government, Lawal Barabe, to comment on the issue proved abortive.