20-year moribund borehole unsettles Delta community residents
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Twenty years moribund borehole in Ubulu Unor Community in Delta state has unsettled its residents who, on Wednesday, called on the state government to either revamp the borehole system or face their protest
It was gathered that the borehole was sunk 20 years ago in the community with a view to alleviating the suffering of the people, but this was not to be as the residents alleged that their suffering had worsened as there had been no water and power supply for them in the last 20 years.
Speaking to Orient Weekend, a staff of the state urban water board who craved anonymity described the situation as pathetic adding that approval had been given by the state government in collaboration with the European Union for the revamping of the borehole to no implementation, disclosing that the generating set had been in bad state.
While one Sunny Nwadie who also spoke to us said that the community had virtually nothing to show in the present-day democracy, disclosed that the community was very much concerned about revamping the borehole, adding that all efforts to ensure that it was revamped proved abortive.
He said: “We have written to the state government through the state ministry of water resources sometime in March this year over the water problem and, as part of our request, we are asking the state government to come to our aid. “
The state commissioner for water resources, Dr Martin Okonta, however, told newsmen that the Ubulu Unor water borehole was receiving attention. Describing the incident as unfortunate, Okonta expressed regrets that the past administration did not recognise that the borehole system was in bad shape. He, however, assured that the Okowa-led administration was committed to ensuring the dividends of democracy for citizens.
Also speaking, Chief Dennis Nwaedozie said” the borehole used to assist my people until it was broken down, and now my people are suffering to get water, we have to buy water from few people with boreholes, and we are not finding anything easy as such, we want the government to help us, we are not happy with the broken down borehole.”
Investigation revealed that Ubulu Unor community contributes meaningfully to agricultural supply of food items, especially yams and cassava production.