The residents of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State are currently lamenting scarcity of drinkable water, and both residents and community leaders are lamenting the water crisis at the moment.
Elijah Ateki, the chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC) in Ogbia LGA where Otuoke is situated, bemoaned the fact that even though the community had been suffering water problems for several years, the recent oil spill and water pollution in the area has made the situation even worse.
According to what the people told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the oil spillage is not helping matters at all and they all plead with both the state and federal governments to come to their aid.
“Otuoke community depends on rivers and now that all the rivers are polluted by oil, it is difficult for us to get potable water here,” Ateki said.
A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in the area, Emmanuel Agede, expressed dissatisfaction with the scarce water situation and called for government’s intervention.
“You will not believe it that here in Otuoke, we use water from an unused soak-away pit dug near our lodge, for washing clothes and bathing. For cooking and drinking, we buy sachet water; life is very difficult here; we spend the bulk of our monthly allowances on water for survival,” Corper Agede revealed.