OPINION: Residents experience acute water shortage in Lokoja, by Bala Nayashi
The construction of greater water works in Lokoja, capital of Kogi State, by the former state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, has brought succour and relief to the people of Lokoja and its environs.
The presence of both rivers Niger and Benue in the ancient town is an opportunity for the entire people to enjoy uninterrupted water supply hence proactive measures by the state government to ensure water is made available as and when due.
Lokoja town of recent has been face with non availability of water in some section of the town, which made the people of the town search for an alternative to make provision for water at the detriment of their health needs. The water board in Lokoja and the Kogi State Ministry of Water Resources should take every possible measure to make water available to the residents of the state capital.
It is an irony that a town so blessed with the two biggest rivers in the country should find itself in such situation that would make the citizens risk their lives while using alternative means of water supply, which sometimes is good for use, at a time the government is trying to eradicate the scourge of water borne diseases amongst its populace.
We therefore, call on the Kogi State government and state water board to do the needful, to ensure availability of water to all the nooks and crannies of Lokoja and its environs, to ameliorate the suffering of the people.
Written by Bala Nayashi, Lokoja