Ministry to execute over 2 bln USD WASH Program

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Addis Ababa, 7 February 2014 (WIC) - The Federal Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy announced that it would execute water supply and sanitation software and hardware activities at a cost of 2.411 billion USD in the One WASH National Programme (OWNP) throughout the country.
Opening the 6th Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Multi-Stakeholders Forum held with the theme: “Innovative One WASH for Sustainable Development”, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Alemayhu Tegenu said here yesterday that the programme would be the main instrument for the universal goals that are to achieve 98.5 per cent, 100 per cent, 77per cent and 80 per cent in water supply, basic sanitation, hand washing and open defecation free status respectively.
He noted that an additional 20,000 artisans, experts, technical groups, consultants, contractors and specialists as well as 5,000 junior health professionals are required to undertake water supply and hand sanitation activities in the One WASH Program.
As regards obtaining the huge financial and human resource requirement of the program, he called for development partners, stakeholders and the public at large to play their respective roles towards achieving the program.
UNICEF Ethiopia Representative Dr. Peter Salama, as one of the partners in WASH sector said: “We have now formalized the first ever pool fund for water and sanitation sector in Ethiopia.” The implementation of the ONE WASH National Program would provide a vehicle to reach both the Sanitation and Water for all (SWA) and MDGs Commitments.
At the two-day Multi Stakeholders Forum, State Ministers of Education, Health, Finance and Economic Development Ministries as well as representatives of potential stakeholders of WASH and others delivered keynote speeches.
In connection with the Forum, an exhibition that displays various types of materials and chemicals for the use of purifying water was officially opened to the public. (EH)