‘I Go Days Without Bathing’ — Mother of 3 in Gombe Water-strapped Community Laments

Panda, a remote village in Tukulma ward, Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State is suffering acute water scarcity and this is taking a toll on household activities, WikkiTimes can report.

The situation often puts Jamila, a mother of three at loggerheads with her husband. Jamila could not afford to keep herself clean, let alone her house. And her husband hates it.

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“I can only take my bath once in three days as a wife but it is not my fault,” she told WikkiTimes “We don’t have access to water every day.”

According to her, she suffers from stomach aches sometimes when she drinks water.

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“It is common knowledge in this village. This water gives us a serious stomach ache,” she said.

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WikkiTimes gathered that the community depends on well water dug by one of them. Other neighbouring communities also trek to Panda to fetch from that well and a lake, which in turn, runs dry during the dry season.

While appealing to the state government, Jamila called on relevant authorities to intervene and provide her community with portable water.

Efforts to reach Gombe State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) were abortive as a contact made available on its website was not reachable. At press time, a text sent to the agency had not been responded to.

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