As part of its effort to help local authorities to improve basic services delivery in Sebha, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funds from the European Union (EU), handed over to the contractor a major sewer line in Sebha for renovation.
This initiative is one of the largest implemented in the city, and it aimed at solving the problem of sewage overflow that the city has been experiencing during the past years. The project will replace the old line, which lacks maintenance since 1990, for a new line of supply of sewage.
Mayor of Sebha Municipality, Mr. Hamed Al-Khayali, Water and Sanitation public company delegate, Mr. Ahmed Mujbar, and representatives from the elders and sages of Sebha, and civil society, attended the ceremony.
During the handover, the Mayor of Sebha, Mr. Hamed Al-Khayali, said: “This project is very important, and it will solve a major crisis for the city. I would like to thank the European Union, and UNDP for their efforts to support the people in Sebha.”
The manager of Water and Sanitation Company in Sebha, Mr. Ahmed Mujbar, added “The current line is on the verge of collapse. If the pressure is not relieved, it would explode at any moment. This project is starting on time to avoid further catastrophic consequences for the city and its inhabitants.”
UNDP is carrying out this initiative under the EU-funded “Strengthen Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery” project, which aim is to support local authorities to restore essential services delivery, security and livelihoods opportunities. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Governance, and Tripoli, Sabratha, Sebha, Murzuq, Benghazi and Kufra municipalities. So far, 1.7 million people are benefiting from the rehabilitation of 27 key social infrastructures, 37 sets of health equipment, and US$2 million investment on water and sanitation.
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This project is implemented in the framework of the €90 million programme "Managing mixed migration flows in Libya through expanding protection space and supporting local socioeconomic development" financed by the North of Africa Window of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The main objective of this programme is to comprehensively reinforce protection and resilience of migrants, refugees and host communities in Libya while supporting an improved migration management along the migration routes in the country.