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Location of Tudun wada
This is a community located in Jos NorthLocal government area of Plateau state. It is a hilly place surrounded by valleys both of which are occupied and use for residential purpose.
Ladscape and Lifestyle
I love visiting Tudun wada because of the terrain and the lifestyle of the people. One can just sit on one of the many rocks located along the streets or within the community and look at the different activities going on especially when people are coming back from work, young boys are seen around trying to toast the young girls; old people are seen discussing and playing cards and some are seen drinking; women are seen trying to rush home to prepare the meals for the night. During the day, in the afternoons, starting from the junction, one could see the market women selling their products such as tomatoes, spinach, fish, meat and many other food stuffs.
Located along around the junction are other shops for provisions, clothes, shoes, wines, feeds, barbing and many more. This junction is very busy and traffic jam is often encountered especially in the evenings when people are coming back from work, this traffic worsens when something unfortunate happens such as accident or when something minor happens such as a car that spoils on the road, blocking the passage of other cars, sometimes the cause of the traffic jam could be due to the busy activity of people, making the cars to move slowly so as not to run over people.
Standing at some heightsin this area, one could see so many other places in Jos such as the State secretariat, Zoo, Terminus Market, and the surrounding areas such as Mado village and Sabon Gari largely due to the hilly nature of this place.
Accessibility of Road networks
There are various roads that lead into and out of this area;from the junction, one could get Tricycle (Keke Napep) that could take you to Secretariat, Old airport, British American Junction, Terminus, Jos Wild life park, Hwolshe and many other places as far as Gada Biyu or even Farin Gada.
Challenges to human settlement
The problems experienced in this area is the availability of Water as the rocks make it very difficult for digging of wells or boreholes; even though some few people could afford to pay for installation of taps from the water board, even at such instance, the water is not always available and hence some have to build water-head pillars for storage of water in Tanks. This means that only the poor are left to struggle in other to get water for basic needs such as washing and cooking. Also, most of the houses are located on rocks and some are located in valleys; in fact some houses have been built along water ways posing a danger during the period of excess rainfall which is very common on Jos Plateau; the problem of overcrowding arises due to limited availability of land, but even with this shortage of space, people are continuously building houses at the smallest possible space of land available thereby increasing the population and making it more slummy.
The slummy nature of this areapose a danger to outbreak of diseases such as Cholera, Typhoid, Lassa Fever and many other in-hygienic related diseases because some houses face gutters, some latrines and bathrooms drain into nearby streams making it a harbor for diseases mentioned.
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