Angry youths and their parents in their hundreds on Monday, took to the streets of Zaria, the second largest town in Kaduna State, demonstrating against alleged government’s insensitivity to their plight which they said had no end in sight.
The protesters, who burnt tyres on major roads in Kofan Doka and Tudun Wada area of the ancient city, chanted anti-government slogans and threatened to vote for the opposition parties in the state, who they hoped, would bring a change in their lives.
They said for the past nine months, they had been living in darkness and despite the billions of naira said to have been spent on the Zaria Water Project, they could not even remember when last water flowed from the taps.
Keen observers of events as the protest heightened, however, gave pass mark to the police and other security agents for neither arresting any protester nor firing a single bullet or teargas canister.
Meanwhile, the state government, in its reaction to the protest said that, “His Excellency has immediately ordered that the transformers already procured by the Zaria Local Government should be installed and connected within the next 24 hours.
“While appealing for more calm and patience, His Excellency further reiterates his administration’s commitment in solving the water issue of Zaria and other nearby local governments through the ongoing multi-billion naira Zaria Water Works.”