Water costs in Yobe, the Adamawa State capital, have risen following a power outage lasting for days.
Vendors, hitherto offering 12 kegs of water for between N200 and N300 depending on the particular part of the city, now accept no less than N500, where water is usually the cheapest to find.
Within the twin Jimeta and Yola Town, which constitute the main Yola capital territory, public tap water is hardly available, placing the job of water supply in the hands of water vendors who supply residents.
The vendors take the water to residents’ doorsteps in kegs packed in two-wheel hand trucks.
The current increase in price was said to have arisen from an increase in the cost the vendors incur to draw water from the commercial borehole owners, who themselves complain of having to pump water to their overhead tank using power generators.
As a DAILY POST reporter gathered on Saturday, some of the worst affected areas include Mbamoi, Damare Polo, Lamido Palace area, Yola Bypass, Yolde Pate, in Yola South local government area; as well as Jimeta Old Market, Upper and Lower Lugere, Old GRA, Demsawo, among other places, where 12 kegs of water cost between N500 and N800.
The power outage in Yola has also meant much hardship in the face of sweltering heat, which began in the city in March and is expected to remain up to the end of May.
The Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) had informed its customers that its 33KV feeders in Jimeta, Jambutu, and Yola Town were faulty, hence the long days of blackout.
The company added in its Facebook post that a team of engineers were working round the clock with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to restore the power supply.