– With the absence of basic amenities, Folwoya Goriji, a community in Nigeria’s Adamawa state, is not finding life easy
– The community lacks portable water making the residents drink from the same pond as their animals
– The residents, while lamenting, seek attention to their plights because they think they are forgotten
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Folwoya Goriji, a farming community at the Ndikong ward of Mayo Belwa local government area of Adamawa, has only one source of water. Unfortunately, it is the same that serves both its human inhabitants and animals.
This sleeping community, according to The Pilot, depends on the groundwater for daily chores and they believe that they have been neglected by their state and local representatives.
Mostly rural dwellers, members of the village are pleading with the state and local governments to address their plight and save them from the health hazards of drinking from the same source with their animals.
The main source of water for the community is also used by their livestock
Baba Musa, a resident, was quoted as saying:
“We only see them (politicians) during election campaigns with fake and empty promises. For God’s sake, see the water we are drinking with our livestock as if we are forgotten.
“Please tell them about our plight,” an indigene of the community.”
Corroborating Musa’s complaints, an activist, Ibrahim Makejo, noted that the community was not alone as there are others suffering same fate.
Some children from the community waiting to get water
“Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene are among the five key strategies aimed at combating neglected tropical diseases.
“So, it’s important for our elected leaders to assess drinking water quality, household sanitation, and hygiene practices in rural communities.”
Bioreports made an effort to get to the councilor representing the area but this proved abortive as he was said to be out of town.
The residents of the community claim they have been forgotten
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Further attempts to get the reaction of the chairman of the local government area did not yield a positive result.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian parent, Stella Asho, a farmer in Rivers state, has said that she will never allow her children to go into the same profession because it is a very arduous job.
In speaking with Bioreports, the woman said that when she finishes on the farm, she is always very tired, adding that the reason she is doing the work is to make ends meet.
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