Some residents of Dobi community in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have called on relevant authorities to provide water and other basic amenities in the community.
On Thursday, the residents said that inadequate water supply and the dearth of basic amenities had been making life unbearable for the inhabitants of the community.
They urged the FCT Administration (FCTA) and philanthropists to provide potable water for the residents of the village so as to reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases in the neighbourhood.
Some of the residents said that women and girls usually spent long hours searching for water in distant places, saying that this had negatively affected their livelihood.
The Village Head, Alhaji Tanko Iliya, said that the only school in the community had leaking roofs which were not conducive to learning.
He also said that there were no recreation centres and relaxation spots in the community in spite of its proximity to the nation’s capital, adding that this trend needed to be reversed.
“We don’t have water at all, we go far places to fetch water from streams and rivers; the water is usually dirty but that is the only source of water for us here.
“Since streams are the only source of water for us in the community, we are left with no other option than to drink and use the water even though it may look dirty.
“We want the Federal Government and the FCTA to come to our rescue, so that our children will stop falling ill from preventable diseases and water-borne diseases,” he said.
Iliya noted that the children usually suffered from ailments like cholera and diarrhoea, adding that the development had also affected their attendance and punctuality in schools.
A resident of Dobi, Dorcas Yunusa, said that she had to trek long distances every day before getting water for domestic use.
She noted that this had caused untold hardships to residents of the community, particularly women and children.
Besides, Yunusa said that women in the community often gave birth to babies in their homes under the supervision of traditional birth attendants.
She moaned that the only health centre in the community had no facilities that could facilitate childbirth processes.
Yunusa said that many women had died while giving birth, stressing that in some cases, the babies also died because of complications.
Another resident, Asabe Adama-Nahilo, called on the relevant authorities to construct access roads in the community, saying that the residents often encountered a lot of difficulties in conveying their farm produce to the markets.
“We need good roads in this community; cars find it difficult to get into this place. People park their vehicles in distant places and use motorcycles to get here.
“It is very difficult to take our goods to the market; some of us, on different occasions, had accidents while riding motorcycles to markets in the town,” she added. (NAN)