Workers strike grounds Jalingo | Dailytrust

Workers strike grounds Jalingo

A water vendor filling his kegs
A water vendor filling his kegs

The strike action embarked on by workers in Taraba State has grounded the state capital, Jalingo as water vendors make brisk business as a result of the shut down of water pumps.

Daily Trust gathered that all the water pumps have gone dry for one week now.

Water vendors, it was gathered also, have increased the price of water because of the high demand.

A water tank, sold at N2500 before the strike, has gone up to N5500 while a 20-litre-Jerrycan of water, sold at N50 before the strike, is now sold at N120.

Many children and adults are seen with buckets searching for water at different locations in the metropolis.

Some residents of Jalingo, who spoke on the issue, expressed concerns over the scarcity of water in the metropolis.

They also raised the alarm that the situation may cause an outbreak of water-related diseases because people are compelled to drink unclean water.

One of the residents interviewed, Musa Haruna, said even before the strike action started, they were not getting water in their area regularly.

“Our taps have stopped running for many days before the strike action embarked by workers and water vendors increased the price of water they sell to us now,” he said.

Another resident, Bello Yakubu, told Daily Trust that water vendors are not bringing water for sale to their area because there is no good road to drive in their tanks and water trucks.

He said the few wells and boreholes in the area were overwhelmed.

Most of the residents are appealing to Governor Darius Ishaku to meet the demands of the workers and bring an end to the strike action.