Muoka Irabor and other residents of Abia community, Esan West Local Government, Edo State, drink rainwater. This is the only option available to them since the only borehole they have causes strife each time it produces water. Water seldom comes from it, though.
Abia is 60 kilometres from Benin City, and since its borehole was commissioned in 2006, water supply has been erratic. The few times water is available, it is a struggle, as the number of residents outweighs its capacity.
It is not just water that is in short supply in the community. The only primary school in the area is over-populated. The four classrooms in the school are without chalkboards and ceilings. It has no hospital, and the only health care centre hardly has drugs.