Daily Trust (Abuja)

3 January 2013

Nigeria: Ashara Community Decries Water Scarcity

Residents of Ashara community in Kwali Area Council last Saturday complained of water scarcity in the area and called for an urgent solution to the problem.

Spokesman of the community, Aliyu Usman, said Saturday that residents of the community have been suffering from perennial water problem for a while.

He said women now trek far distances to fetch water from a stream.

According to him, the borehole with overhead tank mounted in the village years ago has stopped functioning.

He also said that the community lacks basic social amenities, adding that there are many neighbouring villages under Ashara but they lack assistance from relevant government authorities.

The spokesman also complained of lack of a bridge to link Ashara with other neighbouring villages, such as Mungwal, Riwaza and Dafa. He said lack of a bridge at River Mungwal to link up with Ashara community has subjected residents of the affected villages especially farmers to hardship.

"Most people in these communities are peasant farmers and are cut off completely from coming and going to Dafa or Ashara to transact business, while some can hardly cross over with their farm produce to markets, unless during dry seasons," he added.

He called on the council authorities to assist the community repair their borehole and help liaise with the FCT Administration for the construction of a bridge.

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