The Minister of Western Region, Nabeela Tunis has called on the Freetown City Council FCC, the United Nations Capital Development Fund UNCDF, and the International Labour Organization ILO to Fully implement the Women for Water and Peace Project.
The project is Sponsored by UN Peace Building Fund within the speculated time frame in other to ensure the accessibility and availability of pure water supply in all communities identified by the project within the Western Area.
Minister Nabeela Tunis noted that the W4WP seeks to provide empowerment and sustainable livelihood support for women and girls centered on job creation. She added that her Ministry will closely monitor its implementation process as it is in line with the government’s development agenda contained in Cluster 5 of the Medium Term National Development Plan which focuses on Empowering Women and Girls as well as Persons with Disability.
She further described the Women for Water and Peace Project as a brilliant initiative as she hopes it will be extended countrywide as World Bank data shows that women and girls bear the greatest burden of water shortages in African Countries. According to the Minister, her ministry was created specifically to bring the people closer to governance. In partnership with the Ministry of Water Resources, they have facilitated the provision of water in deprived communities and the W4WP project is a Step Forward for Expansion.
Minister Nabeela Tunis said the ministry of Western Region is prepared to provide full support toward the successful implementation of the project which is targeting five Wards with the construction and management of a twenty five Modern Water Kiosk with a solar power purification system that will be fully managed by women and girls.
Other dignitaries at the event include; the Director of the ILO Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia Ms. Vanessa Phala, the Country Lead Representative for UNCDF Mr, Wycliffe Ngwabe, UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone Mr. Babatunde Ahoni and Her Worship Mayor of Freetown City Council Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyer.