UNICEF Presents Three Utility Vans, Two motorbikes To Anambra State Government
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query_builder March 10, 2018 20:10:14

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 assurance. 

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 service delivery. 

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 Naira.

Presently UNICEF is executing projects in four Local Government Areas in the State, namely Aguata, Anambra East, Idemili South and Nnewi Local Government Areas respectively.