It is really a shame that this Nigerian community has suffered for too long from lack of access to potable water. It is at the same time painful to learn that Palam community has to celebrate the sinking of the “first ever water well” (hand-dug well). This should not happen to any community in a country awash with petrol dollar.
Nigeria collects millions of US dollars daily from sale of petroleum. But this gets squandered on bogus salaries, wasteful purchases such as several official cars, at times air planes for the executive in each state, houses, inflated allowances for government officials and politicians at the three tiers of government, etc. When the funds are not squandered on profligate purchases, they are embezzled through corrupt practices by both government officials and politicians at the expense of the citizens’ welfare. Premium Times on July 27, 2012 reported the monumental fraud in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) funds at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources .
It has been said at informal discussions that the security vote of a governor for a year should be enough to improve access to potable water in any state. If this is so, one would like to know how much the Governor of Adamawa collects yearly as security vote.
Furthermore, the Economist recently published a comparative table on how Nigeria’s politicians are over paid in comparison with politicians in the USA and some other first world countries as shown in the quotation below;
More than they deserve? – The Economist, July 20, 2013
IN TIMES of austerity, awarding yourself a fat pay rise goes down badly. An independent body’s suggestion that British lawmakers’ salaries should rise from £66,396 ($105,400) to £74,000 in 2015 has prompted a media firestorm, even though perks such as a generous pension scheme would be slimmed down.
British MPs earn around 2.7 times the country’s GDP per person, on a par with many rich countries. But their basic pay is parsimonious by other states’ standards, and defining fairness is tricky.
Lawmakers in poorer countries in Africa and Asia enjoy the largest salaries relative to GDP. Voters have noticed. Earlier this year, furious Kenyan demonstrators burned 221 coffins outside parliament in a row over the pay and benefits awarded to Kenyan MPs (known for their self-indulgence). Last month MPs lowered their salaries but still managed to secure themselves a $58,000 car grant.
Italian legislators enjoy one of the lushest deals in Europe, including free transport. Indian MPs are ill-paid, but rewarded for their work with beautiful but decrepit bungalows in the swankiest parts of Delhi; these are a far cry from the uninviting dormitories in which Japanese lawmakers from outside Tokyo must live. An odd feature of Thai politics is that the governing party’s MPs are paid more than those of the opposition. America appears notably stingy. Senators have had no pay rise since 2009, though this is perhaps less tragic when their often staggering personal wealth is considered. What about payment by results: salaries go up when GDP does?”
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Adamawa Community celebrates first ever water well
by Ibrahim Abdul’aziz, Premium Times, July 23, 2013
Residents of the community had been getting their water supply from ponds.
The residents of Palam in Shuwa area of Madagali Local Government in Adamawa State now have their first major source of water, a well.
Ponds and small-scale irrigation reservoirs, situated several kilometres from where the residents of the community live, have been the main sources of drinking water for the community.
The residents, though entitled to better quality and clean water provided by the government, were grateful that after decades of trekking long distances to get water to drink, a well had been sunk in their community.
They commended the Shuwa Development Area administration for sinking the well and rehabilitating the washed away portion of the road that links the community to other villages.
A cross section of the people who spoke on Monday at the inauguration of a culvert linking the area that was destroyed by recent flood expressed happiness at the development.
“We have suffered because of the destroyed road but now things have changed for the better,” a resident, Yahaya Ahmadu, said.
“For decades we don’t have well, nor boreholes; we trek for kilometres to fetch water from ponds where our domestic animals drink.
“We want to thank the Administrator of Shuwa Development Area for his prompt response in rehabilitating our affected road and culvert,” Mr. Ahmadu said.
Another resident, Joy Ibrahim, while expressing joy over the road rehabilitation said that transportation has been made easy for them.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the well and the road on Monday, the Administrator of Shuwa Development Area, Sule Duhu, said his administration would continue to remain committed in discharging its responsibility to the people.
Mr. Duhu lauded the contribution of the community in providing free labour particularly for the culvert project.