Kenya launches Nairobi sewerage improvement program

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Kenya launches Nairobi sewerage improvement program
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The Government of Kenya has launched the second phase of  Nairobi Sewerage Improvement Program set to be completed in 2023.

The launch follows the successful implementation of the first phase which increased sanitation coverage from 40 per cent in 2012 to 48 per cent by 2017 for improved public health and sustainable environment.

Funded by the Government of Kenya (GoK), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the French Development Agency (FDA) to a tune of US $101 million, the second phase will contribute to the realization of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal 6 which has committed to ensure universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water for all, access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and an end to open defecation by 2030.

Speaking during the launch, Nnenna Nwabufo, the acting Director-General of AfDB said that the project seeks to improve access, quality, availability and sustainability of wastewater services in Nairobi City with a view of contributing to the restoration of Nairobi rivers.

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“The planned investment will enhance the provision of reliable, safe, and sustainable urban sanitation services in Nairobi City with a view of contributing to improved access and increased economic activities,” Nnenna said.

The Water Secretary Eng. S.A.O. Alima said that the Nairobi Sewerage Improvement Program will expand access to sewerage services, improve fecal sludge management, eliminate pollution of Nairobi Rivers and protect them as alternative water sources through construction of secondary reticulation networks and last mile connections.

“I am glad to note that the completed investments have had a positive impact on the city of Nairobi by increasing the sanitation coverage to remarkable levels. We appreciate the continued cooperation with the Bank in the various water and sanitation programs under implementation throughout the country.” Eng. Alima said.

Speaking on behalf of the National Treasury, Makori said that the Government has met all the conditions for loan effectiveness and the implementing agency has received no objection for advance procurement.

“So far, the financing agreements and the subsidiary loan agreements have been signed between National Treasury and AfDB. The Government has provided US $18.5 million in the budget for the 2020/2021 financial year and the project is now ready for implementation,” Makori added.

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