The people of Okrika in Rivers State have blamed bad water in their area on the present and past governors of the state. They have thus verbally attacked Governor Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, for not providing potable drinking water for them.
Some of them said since the country returned to democratic governance in 1999, only during former Governor Peter Odili’s tenure did they experience public water project in some parts of Port Harcourt waterfronts.
In an interview with our correspondent, the leader, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) of Okrika Local Government Area, Comrade Tamunokubie Idasefiema, noted that the administrations are to blame because they were primarily in charge of providing potable drinking water for the people they govern.
The chances of contracting cholera and other water-borne diseases are very high in Okrika LGA because of the contaminated water they drink every day.
Others said, “The Creek Road axis of Port Harcourt and its environs will soon be suffering from cholera and other water-borne diseases, resulting from lack of potable drinking water in the areas.
”After former governor Peter Odili’s administration, no successive governments have been able to provide us potable drinking water. This development has made drinking water very expensive where we are living.
”Water sellers in our area popularly called mairuwa now sell a 20-litre jerry can for N50 while some of us spend N10,000 monthly on buying water. A lot of infant deaths in our area will soon be traceable to drinking of contaminated water because this water we buy from mairuwa is not treated.”
They also appealed to those in authorities to come to their rescue by providing potable drinking water for them.