Residents of Abakaliki are
presently experiencing serious difficulties in accessing water either from the public water supply or private sources, correspondent who monitored the situation in various areas of the town, reports that some residents, especially youths carry as many as four ‘jerry-cans’ in wheel barrows in search for water.
Chike Ubah, a student, newsmen that he fetched water up to five times every morning from a borehole several kilometres from his residence to meet domestic needs.
“We have not got water from the public water source in our home and those in our street since November 2014.
“The only water borehole in our street has stopped functioning and those who have functional boreholes have increased the price.
“A 25 lire jerry can of water which formerly sold for N5 now sells for N10 and in some cases N15,” he said.
Justifying the increase in the cost of water, Mr Abel Agu, a bore-hole owner, said that the effects of the dry season and irregular power
supply from the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), caused the increment.
“It is generally difficult to pump water during the dry season and the severity of the condition this January in the state made the situation worse.
“The poor rate of power supply from the EEDC, makes me to spend much in purchasing diesel for my generator as the slight increment was out of benevolence because the supposed cost for one jerry can is N20,” he said.
Mrs Angela Ikeh, a housewife, lamented that in spite of the non-supply of water from the public source, the authorities still imposed high water levies on residents.
“We still pay heavily for unconsumed water as the well water in our residence has long dried.
“We urge the government to address the situation as provision of water is one of ways to gain the trust of the electorate, especially during this electioneering period,” he said.
Mr Osmond Igwe, General Manager of the State Water Corporation, said the scarcity was caused by mechanical breakdown at the Ezillo Water scheme, the main source of water supply in the state.
“The breakdown has lasted for two weeks as only one distribution pump is functioning.
“The problem might persist until both major pumps are functioning as the volume of water in the scheme’s tanks is not enough to distribute water to every one,” he said.
He noted that the Oferekpe Mega-Water Scheme would soon be functional as the control valve needed to regulate water surge had been imported from Israel and was awaiting clearance at the wharf.
“The valve will protect all systems in the water scheme as the government does not want the over N10 billion project to be moribund,” he said.
Dr Christian Onyema, a medical doctor, urged the authorities to quickly address the problem to prevent possible water-borne diseases.
“The people may resort to accessing water from unhygienic sources thereby exposing them to great health dangers,” he said.
Chief Ben Okah, the Commissioner for Public Utilities, noted that the Oferekpe Water Scheme would be operational by the end of January.
“The government wants to ensure that the protective device is installed at the water scheme,” he said, urging the citizens to be patient and support the government to meet all their water needs,” he said.
Edo Community Drags Abattoir Owner To Court Over Environmental Pollution
Ikpoba Slope Community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government area of Edo State has dragged Mrs Sarah Uwaifor, owner of an abattoir located at Ohen-Ore in the community to a Benin Chief Magistrate Court over alleged environmental pollution in the community.
In a suit number MOGB/56/2021, Mr Ken Omusi and Mr Kenneth Imafidon, on behalf of Ikpoba Youth Development Association and other inhabitants of the community claimed that the cow dungs and waste excreta from the defendant’s abattoir were dumped in the community as well as burning of cow hair and skin constitute nuisance in the area.
They alleged that the community had tried to persuade her to abate the nuisance but she did not listen to them.
The plaintiff is seeking a declaration of the court that allowing the burning of cow hair, roasting of cow head and dump of cow excreta and dungs in the community constitute health hazards to the inhabitants of the community.
They also prayed for perpetual injunction restraining the defendant, her servants, agents, or workers at the abattoir from dumping cow excreta, roasting cow head and dumping cow dung along the street of the community.
The community are also seeking N5 million general damages from the defendant for the nuisance she has been and still constituting in the area.
The defendant after listening to charges in court pleaded not guilty while the counsel of the plaintiff and defendant Chief Abayomi Thomas and E I. Otabor respectively asked the court to fix a date for hearing.
Chief Magistrate Prince Mutairu Oarhe, consequently, adjourned the case to January 11, 2022, for hearing.
Oyo Tribunal Fines 60 Persons For Allegedly Violating Environmental Laws
Oyo State Environmental Tribunal court has fined no fever than 60 persons over various sanitation infractions.
The Tide source reports that 60 people were fined for allegedly flouting the state’s environmental sanitation laws during sanitation on Saturday.
The Tide reports that the violators were fined at Bodija, Iwo-road, Beere, Sapati, Elewi-Odo, Ojoo, Gate, Oke-bola and other locations in Ibadan.
Magistrate, Mr. Raheem Wasiu in his judgment, said the offenders were caught dumping refuse in unauthorised areas and are guilty of violating the environmental sanitation and waste management laws.
He charged the violators a fine of between ¦ 5,000 and ¦ 25,000 for their offences.
Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni, in his remarks, commended the Magistrate for his professionalism.
He added that the present administration in the state, will not leave any stone unturned towards regaining the environmental sanity in the state.
“No matter how we take care of our environment, it usually has an impact on every stakeholder’s health and as soon as we enforce the law, it goes a long way in making the state a healthy one.
“Oyo State is a pacesetter state, a state we should be proud of and strive in making it safe and healthy for all and sundry”.
Revive Forest Reserves, Expert Urges RSG
Worried over the depleting natural resources caused by land prospectors and poachers, Professor of Biodiversity in the Rivers State University, Geofrey Akaniwor has made an appeal to the state government to revive forest conservation.
Akaniwor in an interview with The Tide stated that over five forest reserves in the state are endangered as they have been abandoned over the years.
Among the forest reserves now endangered include Lower Orashi in Abua/Odual Local Government Area and parts of Kalabari; Upper Orashi in Abua/Odual, Sombreiro Reserve located in parts of Ikwerre and Ahoada Local Government Areas, Otamiri Reserve sited in Ikwerre and Etche Local Government Areas.
Others are Upper Imo River Reserve in Etche and Daen or Lower Imo River Reserve in Khana Local Government Area.
He also urged that the Andoni Forest Reserve which harbours the remaining forest elephants and hippos in the state should be given attention as well.
The university teacher said forest reserves help promote biodiversity and resource protection warning that endangered species play huge role in sustaining life and stability of the environment.
Besides, he was of the view that conservation can help provide jobs and tourism as government can employ rangers who will be trained to guard those forests from being encroached upon.
Meanwhile, Prof. Akaniwor has recommended that the Port Harcourt Zoological Garden(Zoo) be relocated to more expansive and serene location.
He said the site where the zoo is now has been overtaken by urbanisation and that safety of animals are not safe in such environment
Akaniwor suggested that the zoo can be relocated to either Oyibo Local Government Area by the fringes of Imo River or to Etche where there more expansive land for such facility.
By: Kevin Nengia & Excellent Omehoma
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