Yim­itu res­i­dents want more govt sup­port

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Eseohe Eb­hota and Taiwo Adeniyi

Res­i­dents of Yim­itu in Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC) have ap­pealed to the au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide potable water in the com­mu­nity.

The vil­lage head, Dauda Has­san, said res­i­dents lacked potable water de­spite var­i­ous in­ter­ven­tions by a corps mem­ber and past ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Dauda Atadanyigbe, who spoke on be­half of the chief said the gen­er­a­tor set used in pow­er­ing the only bore­hole pro­vided by the gov­ern­ment was faulty as such they were at the mercy of pri­vate bore­hole own­ers whom he said sold water at ex­or­bi­tant price.

He said an­other bore­hole con­structed by a corps mem­ber, last year, only worked for few months thereby com­pound­ing their plight.

He said pri­vate bore­hole own­ers sold 30 litres of water for N30, adding that not all peo­ple in the com­mu­nity could af­ford the amount.

“We are mostly farm­ers,” he ex­plained adding that res­i­dents con­sider it task­ing to pay that much on water. He said some peo­ple in the com­mu­nity are forced to rely on lo­cal wells.

“Our roads are also bad. You are able to come here to­day with some ease only be­cause of our joint ef­fort to give the road a face-lift,” Sarah Matthew, an­other res­i­dent said.

Atadanyigbe said the com­mu­nity’s youths al­ways en­gaged in com­mu­nal ser­vices in a bid to make lives bet­ter for ev­ery­one.

He said they con­tracted trucks to bring crushed bricks and sand from con­struc­tion sites, and used hand pan and shovel to spread it on the bad por­tions of the road.

He said there was no gov­ern­ment school in the com­mu­nity and res­i­dents who could not al­low their chil­dren trek to Waru had to get N5, 000 per term in some of the pri­vate schools in the com­mu­nity as trans­port.

The res­i­dents there­fore ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment to con­sider their plight and bet­ter their lives.

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