By Murtala Muhammad
Residents in Bauchi state have expressed concern over inconsistent water supply in most parts of the state capital.
They made their feelings known in Bauchi while responding to Radio Nigeria on the current Urban Water Revitalisation Project being executed by the state government. One of the respondents Tahir Musa, a resident of Danjuma Goje street in Bauchi metropolis said he has been in the area for about ten years and since then water supply has been their major problem.
Tahir who shared his experience expressed worry that every month he used to spend about fifteen thousand naira to buy water from vendors, alleging that they sometimes extort buyers.
“We’re suffering because we dont have water particularly we that live behind Usman Bin Affan Mosque, sometimes you have to follow and beg them (the vendors) before they’ll sell the water for you and at a very exorbitant amount, so I spend about N600 in a month, which is very high in view of the current economic situation” – Tahir lamented.
He said those who cannot afford the price of water from the vendors were left with no other option than to fetch from Wells which, according to him, was contaminated.
A resident of Dutsen Tanshi in Bauchi metropolis, Muhammad Muhammad said since last six years people of the area have been battling with the water scarcity.
“Since 2014 we’ve not been seeing water in our taps, I’m not sure that we’ll benefit from the current water project being executed, however we’re pleading to the government to please listen to our complains to connect us with the mother pipes so as to ameliorate our sufferings” – he asserted.
Other respondents in the metropolis, Shehu Musa and Bashir Mukhtar decried lack of water supply in their areas and called on the government to expedite action in its Urban Water Revitalisation Project to ease their plights.
In a swift reaction, the Managing Director of the Bauchi State Water and Sewerage Corporation, Engineer Aminu Gital said the government was doing all within its powers to ensure the provision and sufficient water supply to people of the state particularly the urban areas.
“The Government is doing a lot, that’s why they went out and mobilise resources to ensure the supply of the water particularly in the metropolis, we as staff of the corporation are also doing our best to see to the realisation of this dream” Gital said.
He called on residents to exercise more patience for the corporation to deliver its mandate.