The African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Thursday it would inaugurate the 200-million-U. S Dollar Rivers State Water Supply and Sanitation Project in April.
The Country Director of the bank, Dr Ousmane Dore, who made this known in an interview with reporters in Abuja, said the project was to enhance the living standard of the people in the area.
“We are going to be in Port Harcourt in April to launch the project; we have approved and are almost about to launch, in coming weeks, the Port Harcourt urban water supply and sanitation project and this project is worth 200 million U.S. dollars.
“What the launching is going to do, is to provide some sort of training and to give some indication about the procurement role; this is the initial kick-off of the project.’’
He said that the water sector was a critical infrastructure and that the bank was the major donor of such infrastructure in the country.
Dore said that the bank had executed projects in the power, road, water, and agriculture sectors, among others, in rural and urban areas of the country.
Speaking on women empowerment, the country director said that an African women empowerment programme on agriculture announced by the president of the bank in Oct. 2015 at an international conference in Dakar, was aimed at ensuring economic development across the continent.
He added that the project is also aimed at reducing poverty in the continent.
He said that when the initiative was announced, it was well-received by the ministers of finance and of agriculture at the conference.
According to him, during the conference, the bank pledged to put up 300 million U.S. dollars into the programme.
“The idea was to get money from the regional member countries, some 1.2 billion U.S. dollars with much commitment from the ministers present at the Dakar conference.
“The project has not taken off yet; we are working towards project design.
“We are at the level of disbursement.”