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NER: Women in Nagboo spend nights at boreholes and wells as water crises deepen in the community

Women in Nagboo, a farming community in the Nalerigu-Gambaga Municipality of the North East region, have to spend nights at wells, springs and boreholes in order to have access to water for domestic and other purposes. Water shortage has hit the community since the onset of the dry season and has worsened in the month of April. The community residents have to rely on springs and wells dug in valleys and low lying areas in order to scoop some little amount of water for their daily needs.

The situation has forced women in the area to spend many precious hours sitting and patiently waiting to scoop water from the springs and wells to enable fetch to fill their basins and other containers. According to the residents, women in the Nagboo have to in some cases sleep at these water collection points to enable them have access to water. Boreholes drilled in the community are either broken down or have dried up. Access to potable drinking water is a luxury, according to the residents of the community. Some of have resorted to fetching water from unwholesome sources thereby putting their lives in danger of being exposed to water born diseases. Ibrahim Awal, a resident of Nagboo, who was lamenting the situation to this portal at the community said, the water crises facing the community is greatly affecting their livelihood activities. He noted, women spend the entire day and night searching for water for the family. " We are suffering a lot because of this water problem, especially, our women. They don't sleep.

They have to be either queuing for water or walking to farther places for water. The situation is really really disturbing us" he lamented. He said they have been appealing to the Nalerigu-Gambaga Municipal assembly to intervene in the situation but very little is achieves. Mr Ibrahim Awal, is therefore appealing to government, Non-governmental organizations in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)sector to come to their aid.

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Ibrahim Awal Nagboo Nalerigu-Gambaga

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