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How Benue Residents Depend On Shallow Pits For Contaminated Drinking Water

According to Sahara Reporters, it was gathered that some communtiies in Benue State, have been faced with the difficulty of getting water as the residents have been left with no option than to dig shallow pits to get dirty water for drinking and domestic use.

It was also revealed that in a particular comminuty known as Agasha, a certain number of residents depend on the shallow well dug in a swamp by the side of the dried-up river, from which they get water for their domestic use.

SOURCE: Sahara Reporters

The challenges Benue residents face in fetching the dirty water

An old woman decried on how she always meet the well dry due to her old age. Another elderly resident by name James, lamented that they have to wake up as early as 3 in the morning, to be able to fetch enough of the dirty water that would serve them for the day.

Despite waking up that early, they still have to stand in a very long cheque. And a result of that, they have no option than to fetch from swampy areas. The elderly man decried that this challenge has made them vulnerable to diseases just like the one that got him blind.

SOURCE: Sahara Reporters

 Why federal government should intervene as soon as possible in this situation:

It is their civic rights– Water is very essential in life and it is one the major basic amenities the government should provide for her citizens. This is the reason why they were elect, to make life easy for the citizens.

It would make them vulnerable to diseases– Water-borne disease can be so dangerous as far as causing very terrible illnesses to the body and possibly lead to death. Just like the cry of Mr James who said that the consumption of the dirty water led to the disease that caused his blindness, other residents could possibly be suffering from different health challenges due to the consumption of the dirty water.

I therefore urge the federal government to hear their cry and provide a lasting solution to their problem. Possibly, they should provide enough bore-holes around the State.

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