By Kampala Post Reporter
ENTEBBE. Cabinet on Monday accepted the Government through the Ministry of Finance to borrow US$251m (over Shs953m) from the International Development Association of the World Bank Group for financing the Integrated Water Management and Development Project.
Mr. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, in a statement on Tuesday said the loan will help to provide safe water and sanitation services in the project areas of; Gulu Municipality, Adjumani Town Council, Pakele, Ciforo and Dzaipi (as well as the parishes of Agojo and Mungula).
Other areas to benefit from this project are Busia Town Council, Namungalwe-Kaliro, Kyegegwa-Mpara-Ruyonza, Namasale, Mbale Municipality, Butaleja-Busolwe and Budaka-Kadama-Tirinyi-Kibuku.
He adds that the loan will also help in provision of water and sanitation services to refugees and refugee hosting communities in the districts of Adjumani, Moyo, Arua, Lamwo, Yumbe, Koboko, Isingiro and Hoima.
“The money will also strengthen the National Water Resource Monitoring and Information System,” said Mr. Tumwebaze.
The loan will boost the capacity of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) which is the beneficiary agency in its programs of providing quality water and sewerage services to its customers.
According to NWSC, the corporation stands out as a model utility in the African continent due to its achievements. The water service coverage is estimated at 78.6%. The Corporation produces about 120 million cubic meters of water per annum from 51 water treatment facilities and is distributed through 9,760 Kms of water mains.
In addition, NWSC operates three conventional sewerage treatment plants and 27 waste stabilization ponds with a total sewer network length of 556.2Km.
The number of new water connections averages 30,000 per annum and its customer base is 530,000 accounts of which 99.9% are metered.
The NWSC MD Eng Silver Mugisha was recently elected Vice President of the International Water Association.
Mr. Tumwebaze adds in the statement that the cabinet meeting which was held at State House Entebbe also shared the update on the progress of the construction of the new bridge across River Nile in Jinja and resolved that the bridge will be commissioned on 17th October, 2018.
On a different note, Tumwebaze said that Uganda will commemorate the World Teachers’ Day on Friday 5th October, 2018 at St. Leo’s College Kyegobe Playground, Kabarole district under the theme “The Right to Education means the right to qualified teachers”.