Student Laments Water Scarcity in Akungba Community

By Adesola Ikulajolu and Promise Adagba (AAUA)

Students living in Akungba-Akoko, host community of Adekunle Ajasin University are lamenting the scarcity of water which is serving as pain to many.

EDUTORIAL gathered that water system in the community has been a major challenge to students and indigenes but they all try to manage the situation.

Water being an essential aspect of life is one of the scarcest resources in Akungba-Akoko, host community of AAUA and the scarcity is said to be affecting students living in the community, EDUTORIAL learnt.

 Students are seen trekking a long distance to go get buckets of water which is observed to be full of dirt particles.

 Some of the students who spoke with EDUTORIAL expressed their pains, saying that even when the water is gotten, the dirt in it makes it undrinkable and not healthy to use.

A student, Boluwaji Emmanuel said he has to wake up early to ensure that he fetch water for the day.

“The rate at which shortage of water is hitting this community is very alarming whereby I and my hall mates have to wake up as early as 5 am because of our 7 am lecture. Each time we get to the borehole, it will be filled up already and we will still be struggling to fetch the coloured water.

“We even have to walk kilometres away from our Hall of residence to get water only to discover that the well is dried. This scarcity is really affecting our academic activities and health because this dirty water is what we drink and use to cook”, Boluwaji lamented.

EDUTORIAL further learnt that the only drinkable waters in Akungba community are fetched from boreholes which are stressful to pump and always crowded with people.

Toluwalope Adebayo, a 200level Mass Communication student added that the scarcity has been making her stay in the community unbearable as she jumps from one well to the other in search of water.

She said “Scarcity of water is making my stay here unbearable. I have to wake up around 5 am to rush to well and on getting there, buckets are already waiting. By the time we queue and fetch, the water would have changed colour well will also get dried. It is painful and the government needs to intervene.”

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