Life is no longer safe in some parts of Edo State as acute water shortage may lead to outbreak of some water-borne diseases if nothing is done quickly.
According to Mr Chris Ebare, the state Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, who raised this alarm on Monday in Abuja, there is an urgent need for the Federal Government to intervene and help out on the matter.
Ebare said that a whole Senatorial Zone, comprising five local governments had been cut off from access to potable water.
“Ojirami dam is supposed to be feeding the whole Edo North, while Ugbalo in Eborin is supposed to be feeding Edo Central but these facilities are broken down.
“Something drastic has to be done for Ugbalo because a whole Senatorial Zone — five local governments are cut off. The interim measures by the state government, through my ministry, have provided some bore holes which are been channelled to some houses,? he said.
According to Ebare, the Federal Government is supposed to come to this zone and make water available to the people because it is under its jurisdiction.
“The Federal Government is supposed to come over to Ugbalo, rehabilitate the water works then hand over to the state for management but this has not been done. It is so disappointing. We are begging the Federal Government to come before epidemic and water-borne diseases hit the people,?? the Commissioner said.