UNICEF PRESENTS THREE UTILITY VANS, TWO MOTORBIKES TO ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNMENT
By John Ndu
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has presented Three
Toyota Hilux Vans and two motorbikes to Anambra State government.
The utility vans and bikes would be used by the UNICEF body in Anambra, for effective service delivery.
Presenting the keys to Gov Willie Obiano at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia, the leader of the team and Chief of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) section of UNICEF, Mr Zaid Jurji, confirmed that UNICEF, especially the water section had been working in Anambra State since 2012.
According to Mr jurji, "It is a uniform program found by the
European Union and geared towards ensuring safe water and sanitation for every
individual ". He assured the State Government of an increase in the tempo
of their projects to ensure provision and access to safe water and sanitation
for all citizens of the State.
Jurji further commended Governor Obiano for being responsive
and faithful towards fulfilling all counterpart obligations, some of which
includes funding and ensuring proper supervision and monitoring of all ongoing
projects being executed by UNICEF in the State, to ensure standard and quality
Receiving the keys, Gov Obiano assured that his government would
not relent in supervising the various WASH initiatives which have been
put in place.
The Governor recalled that in 2016, his wife, Chief Mrs
Ebelechukwu Obiano, was decorated as the Ambassador of Water, Sanitation
and Hygiene (WASH), to become the first WASH Ambassador in South East, Nigeria.
He promised to sustain the partnership with UNICEF, vis-a-vis
prompt payment of counterpart funds and other terms that would enhance quality
Governor Obiano however, promised to make judicious use of the
utility vehicles in the improvement of human lives.
It will be recalled that Anambra State is the first of the six States
in the EU/UNICEF support with regard to the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector
Reform Programme (WSSRP), to pay counterpart fund worth more than 700 million
Presently UNICEF is executing projects in four Local Government
Areas in the State, namely Aguata, Anambra East, Idemili South and Nnewi Local Government