Nigeria

Broken pipes, broken promises on Lagos water stir anger

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Author: Kayode Ogunbunmi

LAGOS, April 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hassan Abdullahi lugged his handcart loaded with six jerry cans of water up the slope to God's Grace Calabar Kitchen. It was 8 a.m. and this was his third trip from a private water tap to his major customer.

Abdullahi supplies all the water to the restaurant and three homes on the street, delivering 1,000 gallons each day.

It is back-breaking work for Abdullahi and a small army of water carriers pulling carts over pot-holed streets and the allies of Lagos to serve water to millions in Africa's biggest urban area.

For although Lagos state with 20 million people is surrounded by water, getting water fit to drink or for sanitation is a struggle as efforts to improve supplies have failed.

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