The National,Friday13January 2012
By GABRIEL FITO
THE Turubu local level government in East Sepik, has expressed interest in partnering with an Australian humanitarian aid and development organisation to bring safe and clean drinking water to its 21 wards.
LLG president David Kausik said negotiations between his government and WaterAid Australia Wewak office were under way to bind their commitment to deliver water projects to the people.
Before the agreement, which should be finalised shortly, WaterAid has delivered water and sanitation systems to three villages.
That aroused the interest of Kausik to partner with WaterAid for the project to cover all villages.
The three villages that had water connected last year are Kamasau and Sinamblai, in the hinterlands, and Musangun, on the east coast of Turubu.
WaterAid Australia programme manager Jay Maheswaran and Kausik are working on a memorandum of understanding that should be signed next week for the delivery of the water projects.
The MoU will allow the parties to partner for the implementation of WaterAid projects related to provision of rural water supply under the jurisdiction of Turubu LLG.
It will cover the appointment of a water supply and sanitation monitor by the Turubu LLG and training support to be given to the appointed monitor by WaterAid Australia.
Kausik commended Maheswaran for reaching an understanding with the LLG to venture into a much needed project that would change the livelihood of his people.