IN KWALI COMMUNITY, MEMBERS RAISE REVENUE THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURAL POLICING

Basic infrastructural amenities in rural communities in Nigeria has always been a promise from one government to the other. Many communities in Nigeria see the nearest stream or river as source of water and most times trek kilometres to fetch water to their house.

The rich members in these communities dig boreholes in their homes and sell at higher price to other residents.

For the people of Kwali, a community in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, they are lucky to have the government construct a borehole in the community.

The public borehole serves more than a thousand people and to prevent damage, the community members agreed to pay N5 per 40 litres of container. For the first fetch, it is free while subsequent fetch attracts sum of N5 as against the private borehole in the community where same litres of container is sold at N30 at every fetch.

Luka Yusuf, a student of Government Secondary School Kwali, told RuralReporters that the borehole is not a profit making venture for the community in that the highest amount of money realised daily is N450 ($2.8), and is used to maintain the facility.

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Luka’s duty as prescribed by the community chief is to collect payment and ensure no community member damage the borehole while fetching.

Emmanuel Awe, a 15 year old boy in the community told RuralReporters that the borehole has benefited him in many ways.

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His words: “This public borehole is the only tap in the whole of the community that is convenient to use and cheap. Other private boreholes owners sell 40 litres of container for N30 but here, we pay N5.”

With this initiative, public facility will last longer and serve the community before it records damage. This will also triggers government intervention in rural communities to alleviate poor citizens from untold hardship.

Ibrahim Olalekan is a media writer and specialist. His enormous task as journalist has earned him media space in some leading online newspapers. Aside being a seasoned journalist, Olalekan has keen interest in advocacy, rural development and politics. Olalekan is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, and can be reach via: ibrahimolalekan001@yahoo.com or +2348101988313 and @lekanpaul

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