After Spending N6 Billion On Boreholes, Jigawa Still Without Potable Water

Jigawa State Ministry of Water Resources made a declare in a report that potable water provide has elevated to 90 p.c within the state after spending practically N6 billion to construct and rehabilitate boreholes. Jigawa is now the primary state in northern Nigeria the place practically all of the residents have entry to secure consuming water, in line with the report.

But an investigation by WikkiTimes reveals that there is no such thing as a fact on this declare. Many of the residents nonetheless wouldn’t have entry to potable water after the state authorities claimed that 3,556 new boreholes had been constructed and a couple of,295 others rehabilitated in communities throughout its 27 native authorities areas since 2015.

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In a lot of the communities visited by WikkiTimes, inhabitants nonetheless drink from soiled wells whereas the state is caught within the newest outbreak of cholera, a illness usually attributable to micro organism from contaminated water sources. 

From Gwiwa, Roni to Mallam-Madori and Dutse, a lot of the hand pump boreholes that the state constructed have been in ruins.

“Most government claims are mere propaganda,” stated Sabastian Koladun, co-founder of Water for All Initiative in Northern Nigeria, a non-profit group.  “If the proper parameters will be used to check some of their claims, I am sure a lot will miss out from international funding,” he added.

When WikkiTimes requested the state authorities’s officers to answer the findings, they blamed Unicef, the United Nations youngsters’s company, for the false declare. Unicef, nonetheless, recognized a survey by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the National Bureau of Statistics because the supply of the declare.

Neglected communities and deserted boreholes in Jigawa North-West

At Kael, a neighborhood within the northwestern a part of Jigawa, villagers gathered spherical a tiny effectively, every taking turns to attract water from the effectively. The space doesn’t have any boreholes constructed by the federal government.

“We have been drinking from this well,” stated Umar Bawa, district head of Kael who was annoyed by the dearth of potable water in his neighborhood. The effectively is located on the outskirts of the neighborhood and most villagers should stroll a protracted distance to get to the effectively.

In Firjin Yamma, one other neighborhood, there are two boreholes supplied by the federal government, however they’re now not practical. The boreholes broke down barely two years after development, in line with neighborhood leaders. 

Muhammed Danjuma, a bike rider and district head of Firjin Yamma, instructed WikiTimes that the boreholes have been constructed after they begged the state authorities however their pleasure of getting secure consuming water was short-lived.

“As we speak, we have gone back to drinking from the same well we abandoned. I am sure they will say we have benefited from their political promises,” Danjuma stated.

Likewise, in Korau, a borehole was constructed however it was poorly constructed. When it broke down after its launch, the individuals returned to their earlier unclean effectively.

Korau is about 10 kilometres away from Firjin Yamma. In this neighborhood, two hand pump boreholes have been dug as a part of the state’s water mission.

 “You can see for yourself, is it working?” Usman Maigari, district head of Korau requested concerning the borehole that had been deserted. He added paradoxically: “Maybe you should push it yourself, magical water may come out.”

At Dan’Sure, the neighborhood doesn’t have potable water as a result of the 2 hand pump boreholes locally had not been working. They have been constructed about 10 years in the past, in line with Yunusa Kawo, the district head.

Kawo instructed WikkiTimes that “People buy water daily in this community but those who have their truck have to go as far as over one kilometre or two where the borehole is, and it is for business purposes only because it’s someone’s private property.”

Ahmadu Lilo who has been a water vendor for over 30 years identified: “I have been in this water business for over 30 years. We have always lacked water in our community. The government came with several promises to help but we are still here.”

Dilapidated boreholes in Jigawa North-East

At Kagadama in Roni Local Government Area, most of the residents purchase water from cellular distributors as a result of the hand pump boreholes supplied by the federal government have been in ruins.

Bala Abubakar, the neighborhood head of Kagadama stated: “Sometime in 2017, three-hand pump boreholes were constructed for us. I can’t count how many times we have repaired them. Only one is working now.”

Another neighborhood Garin Gabas in Mallam-Mador Local Government Area has two dilapidated boreholes supplied by the federal government.

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A resident of the neighborhood Ibrahim Salisu instructed WikkiTimes the boreholes didn’t perform as much as a yr after the development and so they began repairing the boreholes earlier than they ultimately deserted them due to the price of restore.

“We had to set up a committee, did monthly contributions for their repair and maintenance, but we can’t do more than we have done,” Salisu stated.

Decrepit and shaky boreholes in Jigawa South-West

Residents of Takur’Aduaa, a neighborhood simply behind the Government House within the state’s capital, rely totally on water distributors because the boreholes will not be working.

Silas Abraham, a resident, defined that the close by borehole had not functioned since he relocated to the state for his nationwide youth service. “I served here and have decided to stay back,” he stated.  “This borehole has never brought out water. I buy my water daily, but I don’t drink from it.”

Another resident Maimuna Bulama stated that they as soon as had two practical boreholes within the space. “They all went bad,” he stated.  “Since no one has come to repair them, we fetch from the well around us or buy from water vendors when we have the money to.”

In Kawaye, a neighborhood within the southwestern a part of the state, the individuals are apprehensive concerning the water they’ve.

“We were blaming our wives that they don’t know how to cook, that they take longer time in preparing our meals until we realized it’s the fault of the water from the well. It seems to contain something,” Bello Ahmad, district head of Kawaye instructed WikkiTimes. 

“The water we have been using is badly contaminated,” Ahmad continued. “It is salty and has a terrible taste. We now have to send our children to one community very far away from here just to get water.” 

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Jigawa blames Unicef for the false declare

Labaran Adamu, managing director of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) denied data of the water scorecard that his company printed.

“We never conducted the survey which you are referring to that 90 percent of Jigawa residents now enjoy access to potable water supply,” he stated.  “Unicef contracted it to an independent body. We are aware they went and did the survey, but how they arrived at the 90 percent, we can’t tell.”

He stated that it was not the accountability of the company to repair rundown boreholes. “After construction, we handed over the hand pump boreholes to the community, but when they come to complain that it’s bad, we send a team there to help detect the fault,” he stated.

“It’s not our responsibility to fix it,” he continued. “Politicians are the cause because when they go to these communities for politics. The people are informed to always call on the government, yet no provision for it in the budget.”

Unicef acknowledged in an e-mail that it has had a protracted partnership with the federal government of Jigawa State. “Over the years, UNICEF, with the support of partners like DFID (now FCDO) and EU, has facilitated the construction of many water facilities (handpump boreholes and solar motorized schemes).”

But Unicef famous that “There is the possibility of a breakdown of some of these water facilities due to the wear and tear of fast-moving parts, as some of these facilities were constructed many years ago.”

How then did the report that entry to potable water has been elevated to 90 p.c? Unicef responded: “The Water Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASHNORM) survey report of 2018 and 2019 put the level of access to basic water supply services at 90% and 92%, respectively (details can be found in the NORM report This survey is done by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), with the support of UNICEF.”

Despite the distinction in semantics (entry to potable water versus entry to primary water provide) by the state and Unicef, each claims are false until rundown boreholes that don’t carry out water have been counted as water provide of their surveys.

Monica Auta, water, sanitation and hygiene skilled instructed WikkiTimes that governments in any respect ranges have failed in offering potable water to Nigerians. “The level of water supply in rural communities in the country is poor, and the situation is pathetic,” she stated.

From all indications, most of the residents of Jigawa State wouldn’t have entry to potable water as claimed by the state authorities in addition to the survey supported by Unicef. The boreholes supplied by the state have damaged down in nearly all of the communities visited by WikkiTimes.

This story was produced in partnership with the Civic Media Lab below its Grassroots News Project.

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After Spending N6 Billion On Boreholes, Jigawa Still Without Potable Water

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