UNVEILING MORO, A COMMUNITY IN OGUN WHERE ‘GUTTER-WATER’ IS THE ONLY SOURCE THEY HAVE TO DRINK FROM

One of the basic and essential needs of every man is water, because, water itself they say is life. Not just water though, but clean and germ-free. For the residents of Moro community and its environs, in Yewa North local government area of Ogun State, getting good and clean water is a ‘luxury’, as the only source available for them to drink from, is gutter-water which they often share with Fulani-herdsmen’s cows.
We paid a visit to Moro and its environs after being alerted about the extremely poor condition of living in the area and shockingly, what looks like an irritating sight that one can easily mistake for a pothole in the urban area, is where members of these community and its surroundings ‘joyfully’ get their water from which they use for cooking, bathing, and drinking.
According to the residents, this dirty water is what they celebrate they get during the rainy season, because this is the only period that can have access to such ‘luxury’ in the area, as, during the dry season, it takes a whole day journey for them to fetch a keg of water.
Speaking with us, Olusesan Jonathan Adeisha, who was born and bred in the community talked about how they terribly suffer due to lack of water, “this community is one the oldest in this area and source of good water is one of the few things we beg the government to provide for us. We suffer a lot to get water. During the dry season, we may not bathe for 4-to-5 days, because during this period, we have to travel more than 11-kilometers to fetch 30-liters of water for N300. As a result, many have died of numerous diseases like cholera and the likes”.
Another resident who also spoke about how lack of water has made healthy living unrealistic for them said, “Sometimes, we leave our clothes for 4-to-5 months before washing. We use the little we have for drinking and cooking”. Our women travel for close to 24hours to get water where it is available and closest to us.”
When members of this community realized that ‘big and many promises’ during the electioneering period are the only ‘projects ’ their government could offer them, they had rallied round to dig well and make borehole water for themselves, but they met huge disappointment as they discovered that their land is filled with limestones; “we have tried, we have spent a lot of money to make borehole, but because this land is a land of limestones, that dream has become unachievable for us. It will take big engines for us to be able to drill the land up to where we can get good water”.
Apart from lack of good water, the community also lamented how Fulani-herdsmen and their cows have been making life unbearable for them as they usually come during the 10th/11th month to ravage their farms. As a result, they garner a very tiny harvest. And protesting this act of prejudice by the Fulanis will mean their houses getting razed, their women raped and their school children getting matcheted.
“We live in fear during the dry season, because that is when the Fulanis with their cows usually come to dwell among us and when they come like that, they destroy our farm produce and rape our women. We have cried severally to the authorities but nothing has been done until now”, another resident of the area, Jacob Obushu said.
Although the major need these people cried out is clean water, as they have resulted in fate on other needs their government is expected to provide for them. For example, good roads, a clinic. They did not even talk about light. What they call a clinic looks like a madman’s hideout and their unmotorable roads deprived them of commercializing their little farm harvests to make money, especially during the rainy season. Imagine you travel out of the area and coming back you cannot access your house, because of the extremely poor condition of the roads. They have lost quite a number of pregnant women during labor while traveling to the nearest good clinic.

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