Children hustle to drink water from dirty pond in Ogun Community

Children hustle to drink water from dirty pond in Ogun Community

The residents of Baba Pupa village in Odeda local government area of Ogun state have revealed what they go through on a daily basis. Correspondents of Legit.ng made a visit to the village to witness firsthand what the villagers face in the course of going about their daily businesses.

One of the major challenges of the villagers is the lack of potable water. The people in that village rely on a dirty pond for survival. The children in the community hustle to fetch water from the dirty pond and drink from it as well. Adults are not left out as they do carry out most of the house chores using water from that source.

Chief Emmanuel Oduoye, the Baale of the village, also expressed his concerns over the lack of potable water. According to him, politicians do visit the community and often ask him what they want. However, none of them have been able to change anything about the village.

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Children hustle to drink water from dirty pond in Ogun Community
Children hustle to fetch dirty water from the pond.
Source: UGC

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While the correspondents of Legit.ng were there, children trooped to the pond to fetch water and played while at it. A middle aged woman who also spoke with our correspondents said that once they add alum to the water, they can drink as much as they want. That is their way of cleaning the water to a certain level.

Children hustle to drink water from dirty pond in Ogun Community
This is the life the children in the village are used to.
Source: UGC

Chief Oduoye also mentioned that the villagers live in darkness as there is no electricity supply there. According to him, electrical poles were erected over fifteen years ago without the electrical wires fixed to it.

Children hustle to drink water from dirty pond in Ogun Community
Lack of potable water is one of the problems in that area.
Source: UGC

Not having power supply in the village has also deprived the villagers of many things as visitors do not want to stay there as there is practically nothing that counts as fun there.

Children hustle to drink water from dirty pond in Ogun Community
Children drink the water from the dirty pond on a daily basis.
Source: UGC

Getting educated seems to be a tough call for residents as the secondary school opened by the government folded up over ten years ago. Thus, their wards are forced to school in nearby villages like Olodo and Alagbagba. The bad roads make this option hard too as students have to trek long distances to get to their respective schools. Oduoye said that they end up getting late as school activities would have piqued by the time they get there.

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Children hustle to drink water from dirty pond in Ogun Community
The abandoned health centre in the village.
Source: UGC

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Legit.ng also got to know through the village chief that their major occupation is farming. They produce food crops like cassava, yam,maize, vegetables and so on. However, they do not have vehicles to transport the goods to the market.

The village chief said it is inevitable for residents not to fall sick since they drink unclean water. To make matters worse, the health centre commissioned in the year 1996 has become abandoned. He said the responsibility of fixing the building was rested on the shoulders of the residents. According to him, they tried their best but the unavailability of nurses deadened the facility.

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