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Water Scarcity Hits Zamfara

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Residents of Gusau, Zamfara State capital, are beginning to flee the city, following a scaring water scarcity in the area.

It was gathered that many people, including women and children, trek very long distances from around 3 a.m. daily in search of water as many cannot afford to buy from water vendors.

Consequently, students and pupils hardly go to school as they spend most of their productive hours searching for ponds and wells to fetch water.

Civil servants have also been affected by the problem; they now stay away from work in search of water.

It was reported that water vendors are now making brisk business from the hardship faced by the people as a 25-litre jerry can of water, which used to cost between N10 and N15, now sells for between N80 and N100, depending on the distance between where the vendor sourced the commodity and the point of sale.

This has also forced people to fetch water from several unsafe alternative sources, such as ponds.

The state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, said the problem was caused by sand, which had taken over the dam, the major source of water in the city.

He, however, said the state government had awarded contract to a reputable company to de-silt the dam to make it deeper and more efficient.