The Acting General Manager of the Ebonyi Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Sunday Opoke, has said that over 3,000 water-boreholes are currently dilapidated in the state.
Mr. Opoke said this in the Ebonyi State capital, Abakaliki, noting that the situation has made it difficult for rural dwellers to access water in the state.
At least, 50 people have died from cholera in the state.
Most of the dead are believed to have contracted the disease from contaminated drinking water.
Mr. Opoke said the dilapidated boreholes could worsen the situation in the state.
“The agency recently visited Ndieze-Ndiogbu community in Izzi Local Government Area of the state, one of the affected communities recently ravaged by the cholera outbreak in the state and discovered that five villages in the community don’t have boreholes at all.
He noted that the available bore-holes in other villages are dilapidated, as the agency discovered that the boreholes installed by some nongovernmental organisations lacked technical finesses as most of them were not properly supervised, were shallow and had poor water quality.
“The boreholes we constructed are of high quality, and this is the situation in other areas as poor water sources made the people resort to streams, rivers among others for their water supply.
The Acting general manager noted that the agency despite its poor finances, had repaired some boreholes at Amasiri, Izzi Lga, among others and will soon repair others at Ezza North, Ezza South councils, among others.
“Much emphasis is paid to constructing boreholes but none is paid to adequately maintaining them, as the different tiers of government in the state have serious roles to play in this regard.
He noted that while the state government is doing well in this regard, the local government are doing nothing in this regard.
“We are advocating for total rehabilitation of boreholes all levels of the state, as the commissioner for water resources has made appropriate recommendations to the state government,” he said.
Mr. Opoke urged the state government to adequately fund the agency to effectively discharge its functions of providing water to people at the rural areas, especially to check cases of disease outbreaks.
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