|Earth Hour Nigeria team at the village well|
Speaker after speaker in the village told Earth Hour trekking champions that in their local community, they are lack safe drinking water and only rely on well water for drinking, cooking and other basic needs.
“For about forty years now, we only drink from well water. We don’t have taps or boreholes in this community,” said Turku Muhammed.
According to him, residents rely on well water for drinking, bathing and washing their cloths noting that water supplies remain intermittent and far too many people rely on shared unprotected wells adding that this can cause terrible cholera epidemic if preventative measure are taken by the Federal government.
The Earth Hour team in Nigeria launches WalktoMali, to promote the culture of peace and environmental sustainability across seven West African countries through road trip Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin.
The village which is prone to yearly flooding has cause a death of six year [boy] and the place ‘is no go area’ during the months of July, August and September- raining season months as the whole village is surrounded by water, lamented Takur.
Yearly flooding has caused the villagers to loss 9 Billion Naira, said a 29 year old Ibrahim Tela a youth farmer.
“We the villagers of Gutsura, needs uninterrupted water supplies and we’re appealing for support from all sundry to emancipate us from ‘water slavery’, every day and night we are thinking of how to get safe and clean water,’ added Tela.
We the residents of the area [Gutsura] are frustrated with the government's failure to provide a reliable supply of piped fresh water says Alh. Omar Nasarawe.
Every day, millions of people across a wide swath of West Africa struggle to get access to clean and safe drinking water.
The World Health Organization, WHO, estimates that more than 1,000 people in the region die each day from illnesses related to unsafe water.