The Follow The Money team during its data mining session found out that the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) of Yobe State advertised on a tender for the drilling of 55 number of single phase boreholes and 35 solar powered boreholes in some selected Local Government Areas in the state. Abaridi, a community in Karasuwa Local Government Area of the state is one of the beneficiary communities.
We have initiated #WaterAbaridi Campaign as a part of 2018 first quarter campaign to track implementation of the solar borehole drilling at the cost of six million Naira (N6,000,000.00) while using it as a point of contact in tracking other borehole projects, as aforementioned. We invite the public to get involved in the campaign today. Help us in this campaign so that Abaridi community will have access to clean water.
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The Follow the Money Team Held a Townhall Meeting in the Community
29 March 2018: The team was at Abaridi for a town hall meeting. In attendance were over 30 participants including the FTM lead, Muazu Alhaji Modu; Representative of Karasuwa Bade Local Government; Village Head etc. While representatives from AfDB could not make it, they explained in a letter that was delivered during the town hall meeting that the contracting has been concluded but awaiting assent by their Abuja office. They also promised to share all project details with Follow The Money and the community, they promised the project implementation will start soon. The continental body also promised to invite Follow The Money and the community during the contract signing.
Find the full report here.
The Follow the Money Team Had a Radio Session on the Campaign
1 March 2018: The team was on Wazobia FM 99.5 Abuja discussing the #WaterAbaridi campaign. Listen below;
Community not Aware of the Water Project
9th February 2018: It was found that the community was unaware of the proposed project as neither the government nor the implementing agency has visited the community with regards to the project. Unsatisfactorily, the project has not started.
Abaridi Community Biggest Challenge is Water
9th February 2018: Abaridi is in the middle of the desert where access to clean water is most needed. Water in the desert is as precious as a diamond. The community has only two sources of water (hand pumps). One of the boreholes has odour while other is somehow normal.
Follow the Money Team Went for a Community Outreach
9th February 2018: For a full comprehension of the situation of things in Abaridi, our FTM team conducted a preliminary visit to Abiridi community. The community is in the North-Eastern part of the state, 1 hour 30 minutes ride on a bike from Karasuwa village with a population of 3000. Major ethnic community in the community is Manga (Kanuri) followed by Fulani (Kanuri). Majority of the community members are farmers and fishermen by occupation. There is no school or health facility in the entire community.