Despite Budgeting Billions, Kaduna’s Rural Communities Lack Portable Water

In this report, Daily Trust Saturday visited three communities in Kaduna State where access to safe, drinking water has deluded citizens despite the allocation of billions of naira by the state government.

The rainy season, which starts in April annually is a symbol of hope for residents of Ungwan Mangoro, Kosoh and Madamai communities in Jema’a, Kagarko, and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna State. The communities hardly get access to clean water, except during the rainy season.

Despite budgeting billions of naira in the 2022 Budget to provide safe drinking water in rural areas through the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), the Kaduna State government is unable to provide clean water to several rural communities in the state.

This reporter first visited Kosoh village, a 45km journey from Kagarko town, headquarters of Kagarko LGA, where he met Godiya Mathew, a seven-month pregnant woman. The mother of three narrated with frustration, the efforts of the community to access clean water for daily use.

Her daily routine consists of getting up early to trek 2km to the stream, preparing food for the family, and getting the children ready for school before making a living. “It has not been easy for children, aged women, pregnant women, and nursing mothers to trek through forests looking for water,” she said.

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