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Nigeria: EU to spend N85m on water projects in Anambra

The European Union (EU) has approved six new water and sanitation projects for Anambra State .

The projects are worth N85 million and would be implemented by six local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as grant contracts.

The grants are to support the local NGOs to implement innovation water supply and sanitation projects in communities in Anambra State with the objective of contributing to improved access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to the people in the State.

The grant projects will also contribute to improved water governance in Anambra State and to Nigeria meeting the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation.

The six non-governmental organisations to benefit from the grants are:

1.         Abantu for Development; – whose project will cover Aguata,        Anambra East, Ogbaru, Idemili South and Nnewi North LGAs;

2.         Always Life Foundation – will work in Agulu in Anaocha LGA;

3.         Bread of Life Dev. Foundation – will cover 20 communities;

4.         Centre for Development and Civic Education – to work in two (2) towns in Anambra West LGA

5.         Integrity Nigeria – will cover Idemili North and South LGAs

6.         Women Action Committee – will work in Amaenyi Awka in Awka South LGA.

The Anambra State Technical Unit (STU) for the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP), funded by the EU, will manage the grant contracts, on behalf of the EU.

The contracts will be endorsed on July 28, 2009, in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

The grant contracts will be signed by the Anambra State Coordinator for WSSSRP State Technical Unit (STU), Mr Sam Okedi, while the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, is scheduled to sign as a witness.

Between 2006 and 2008, the EU, through the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) in Anambra State, funded the institutional restructuring of the Anambra State Water Corporation and supported the creation of the new Ministry of Public Utilities, Water Resources and Community Development. The EU, in 2008, co-financed, to the tune of N100 million, the rehabilitation and expansion of the Amawbia Water Supply scheme.

The Amawbia Water Scheme is the main source of water supply for Amawbia and Umuokpu, two peri urban settlements around Awka.

The WSSSRP is also funding the development of water policy and capacity development for improved water governance at the State level and in the five selected LGAs of Aguata, Anambra East, Ogbaru, Nnewi North and Idemili South to the tune of Naira 526 million.

To improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in Anambra State , the EU will in 2009 and 2010, fund the construction of water supply and sanitation facilities in 179 rural communities, 10 small towns and 2 urban communities, at a total cost of Naira 535 million.

Kelechi Onyemaobi,
Press and Information Officer,
Delegation of the European Commission to Nigeria,