The popular slogan, ‘water is life’ is true for all; but access to portable water remains a problem within many communities in the world; but in this case, Nigeria, despite the Federal Government’s collaboration with the United Nation (UN) on the WASH programme.
WASH project is an acronym for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. By this definition, access to clean water and other basic hygiene needs, is expected to be a free for all, following what the programme actually stands for. Therefore, and all things being equal, access to clean water should not be a problem for any community, but this is not so, as accessing portable water remains a mirage for many states across the country. While some states are not having it so bad, some others are having it very tough.
In a video trending on the social media, a particular community in Kwara state, identified as Dagbalodo Community, in Lafiaji Local Government Area, in no small measure, is suffering from access to portable water in a way no one should be subjected to.
In the video, a group of women, about 4 (four) in number, were seen using their bare hands, as hoes, to dig for water from a muddy soil, in the most pitiable and appalling conditions.
Reports have it that, using bare hands to dig holes in the soil for filthy water, is a common sight in the Dagbalodo community; because that is the only way to get water, and their only source of water.
In an amateur video, a source said,
“This is how they dig water here. This is the source of their water. Uhmm.
“This is how they get water here o, this is how they get water here. This is how they get water after digging hole. After digging when it now accumulates, they will now start fetching.
Narrating the women’s ordeal,
“As you can see, she’s about to fetch the available one, and each individual have to do her own before getting water. See how dirty the water is. During dry season, it takes more than 5 (five) hours to get something like this.”
The women, who were chatting, while their hands worked on the wet, muddy soil, wait for few minutes before getting the result of their hard work, fetching water from holes dug in the soil.
It was also revealed that, during dry seasons, people in the community work harder on the soil, and wait for longer hours before having water to scoop.
It is a common sight in Nigeria, to see commissioned water projects, work for few days and then water stops flowing from taps; even after huge amounts spent on media stunts while commissioning such projects.