Residents of some metropolitan areas in Kano state have decried the acute water scarcity being experienced during the ongoing Ramadan fasting.
According to reports, eight local government areas; Dala, Fagge, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Tarauni, Nassarawa and Ungogo are affected by this drought.
These residents mostly depend on the state water board, boreholes established by the government and philanthropists as well as water vendors to get water for their daily use.
However, the situation was worsened because the recent system collapsed on the National Grid, which, both the water board and boreholes rely on for electricity supply.
Dr Garba Kofar-Wambai, the Managing Director, Kano State Water Board had apologised to the residents over the inability of the board to pump water to them.
Kofar-Wambai said that the board depends on electricity supply to pump water, and the supply has deteriorated due to system collapse.
He said that the board would restore normal water supply as soon as the situation improves.
Malam Muhammad Abdullahi, a resident of Fagge, said that water scarcity in Kano has been a major challenge for decades in the history of the state.
“It is unfortunate that up to now the residents are battling with water scarcity in Kano metropolitan areas.
“It is high time for authorities to address the problem squarely, because it has thrown many people into more hardships, particularly during this Ramadan fasting,” he said.
Meanwhile, water vendors are making brisk business from the situation. A 25-litre jerrycan of water, which hitherto, sold at N30, now costs between N80 and N150, depending on the area.
Another resident, Idris Abdullahi, lamented how water scarcity continuously affects the residents which is a basic necessity.
He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to hasten taking measures that would assist to address the problem of the system collapse of the National Grid.
“Yes, because whenever there is a power outage, the problem will affect almost all aspects of human life,” he said.