The Member representing Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State at the House of Representatives, Umar Muda Lawal is constructing ten deep wells in
ten rural towns and villages of Toro LGA.
This was disclosed in tweet on his official twitter handle @ Hon_UML.
According to him, he is going outside the box to construct the wells, because traditional wells are often more reliable and lasts longer than any modern small-scale water supply system.
He claimed that most wells are centuries old and still working and supplying water to people.
Construction of wells are rarely in vogue. Most people now drill boreholes instead to get clean and healthy water.
The reps member said, “This time we are going outside the box to construct 10 Deep Wells in 10 rural towns and villages of Toro LGA. Because Traditional Wells are often more reliable and lasts longer than any modern small-scale water supply system. Most Wells today are centuries old and still working.”
But, following backlash from twitter users over his initiative which is viewed as archaic and petty and unhealthy, Lawal fired back in a series of tweets.
He tweeted, “On a serious note, you may not truly understand how important it is for rural dwellers to have constant source of water. The people we represent rarely benefits anything from the Executives you Twitter Warriors failed to hold accountable. We are doing our best!
“For someone that has to go as far as 10 kilometres to fetch water, a single well close could mean the world. You may not appreciate it but we can’t stand and watch our people suffer. We are looking for ways to ameliorate their situation as we figure out a lasting solution.
“You confidently condemn our Deep Well strategy without regards to the situation, or how the project was funded. What we do is a crisis response necessitated from the health risk associated to critical water scarcity. Our people will not die waiting for fancy solutions.”
Typically, a borehole is drilled by machine and is relatively small in diameter.
A well is usually sunk by hand and is relatively large in diameter.
The main advantage of a borehole is that it is possible to penetrate the aquifer to a greater depth ensuring a reliable supply in times of drought or high usage.