By Salone Messenger

“During the 2018-2019 academic year, the taps in the campus run from 6:00 am to 6:30 AM, sometimes it takes 10 minutes, 15 minutes and sometimes days before it opens. Presently, the situation here is miserable. Since the 15th of November, 2019, the taps at the campus stops running. The university administration releases a press release on why they stopped giving us water. In the release, they said, “because of the ongoing road pipe reconstruction that is taking place on the campus presently, there will be no tap running from the 15th to the 17th”. On to this day, there hasn’t been a single tap running besides those taps at the premises (quarters) of the lecturers. Presently, they decided to send us a water tank to deliver water to us. Only one water tank is responsible for providing water to each of the 20 hostels that are on the campus and thousands of students, only one water tank!!!!! The water buzzer gives us water three times in the week, sometimes two and some zero. The water we used from the water buzzer is being fetched by the tank from the river passing through the highway with no processing. Sometimes the color is dusty and occasionally nasty.

A student captured in jacky body

The tap above is our only hope here, if it stops working, then we are in trouble. This tap was named ‘Jacky body’. It normally savages the situation here whenever taps don’t run or run, it helps us much. It is the only reserve that we have on campus whenever the University didn’t send us water. Hundreds of us depend on it daily because the University only sends water for 30minutes once in a day whilst the lecturer’s quarters received more than that. Sometimes when the crisis hit us harder, we turn to the swamps and garden water for a rescue. Almost 60% of us normally fetched water at the swamps and water wells meant for watering garden plants, this, sometimes gives us skin infections. But who to talk to? No one! If by any chance or mistake, anyone of us speaks it out to the heads, ahh! Be ready to face the consequences. For a whole university like Njala to go a whole week and month without running taps, it’s disastrous. What if in a situation where something happens: like fire breakouts and the only means to put the fire off is for students to use the available water (which isn’t available) to put the fire off; since there’s no fire force here and the whole of Moyamba district? At Njala, you feel it, sees it, and shut up. They don’t care!! We are paying for these services, but yet still, these services aren’t rendered to us, which is like paying for a blockbuster movie only for you to see a flopbuster.

My experience so far at N’jala hasn’t been a great one, but one full of depression, stress, and anxiety. Life at this campus isn’t on the right side for us. 99% of us here are suffering. There is more to share with you, more to write about. I hope you at Salone Messenger keep my name anonymous, for the sake of my degree. Knowing fully well that my family, Government, and people from across the world reading this, will do something to make a change, if not for us, but for those after us not to go through the same disgusting things. Above all, I Love Njala.

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