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 ) section of UNICEF, Mr Zaid Jurji, confirmed that UNICEF, especially the water section had been working in Anambra State since 2012.
Mr jurji said ” It is a uniform program found by European Union geared towards ensuring safe water and sanitation for every individual ”
He assured the state government that they would increase the tempo of their projects to ensure provision of access safe water and sanitation for all citizens of the state.
jurji commended Gov Obiano, for being responsive and faithful towards fulfilling all counterpart obligations, which includes funding and ensuring proper supervision and monitoring all on going projects being executed by UNICEF in the state , to ensure standard and quality assurance.
Receiving the keys, Gov Obiano said his government would not relent in supervising the various WASH initiative.
The Gov 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.
Gov Obiano however, promised to make judicious use of the utilities vehicles to improve on human lives.
It will be recalled that Anambra is the first of the six states in the EU/UNICEF support 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 in state, namely Aguata, Anambra East, Idemili South and Nnewi LGAs respectively.