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Kano Community: Animals and Residents Share Dirty Water Source

By Buhari Abba

Residents of Jemagu Village in Warawa Local Government Area, Kano State, have called for quick intervention by the government and well-meaning individuals to help solve the problem of sharing water with animals due to water shortage in the area.

CITAD Radio learned that the villagers resort to fetching water from the dirty river where the animals drink. When the river dries up during the dry season, they trek over 3km away to neighboring villages to access boreholes.

Abdullahi Muhammad Jemagu, who lives in Jemagu community, laments the poor access to potable water in his community and its multiple impacts on their livelihoods.

“Lack of water has caused us untold hardship. The government is yet to provide us with pipe-borne water despite our repeated calls for help in this regard,” he added.

He also mentioned that children miss out on several days of school because they spend a whole day trying to fill up 5kg, 10kg, and 25kg kegs of water, sometimes unsuccessfully.

“The water problem affects our children’s schooling. Sometimes when they (children) go to fetch water, especially during the dry season, they may not get water until evening and, in most cases, may end up not getting the water that very day.”

Umar Muhammad Jemagu, chairman of the Warawa Local Government Pensioners Association, said the absence of potable water was affecting the quality of food Jemagu residents consume, making them vulnerable to various diseases.

“We are forced to consume this dirty water despite the associated risks of contracting waterborne diseases like cholera, gastroenteritis, among others.”


“In the dry season, we spend hours around in this palace to get water. Herders struggle with us as they also have to care for their cattle. The competition for every drop is usually stiff.

“For years now, we have been suffering in Jemagu; it has lingered for long without any meaningful help.

“As a community, we have made efforts toward addressing this challenge, but it has not yielded much result; sometimes we dig the grounds in search of water,” he lamented.

“We call on the government and concerned individuals to come to our aid, particularly to safeguard our future as young people because if this continues, our educational journey is already bleak,” he fumed.

Access to potable water has become a perennial nagging issue in rural development in Nigeria. According to UNICEF, access to safe drinking water remains a huge challenge for the majority of Nigerians, especially those living in rural areas. It is estimated that about 69 million people do not have access to clean water sources, and 19 million rural dwellers walk long distances to collect unsafe water from lakes, streams, and rivers.

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