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Ethiopia to register water and hygiene facilities
Sileshe Bekelle (PhD)

Ethiopia to register water and hygiene facilities

After almost seven years,Ethiopia will be conducting the second round of facilities registration focusing onestablishments working on the provisionof clean water and hygiene, The Reporterhas learnt.

Involving close to 4500 nominators and supervisors participating in the counting and registering of the aforementioned facilities, the registration will be conducted in all the nine regional states and two city administrations for the coming two weeks.

Once the assessment is done, among other things, it will provide an essential data and information regarding facilities built to provide clean water to the public across the country, its distribution, per capital distribution and etc.

However, it was also learnt that the Ministry Water, Irrigation and Electricity which oversees the process has decided to extend the count in some parts of the country where the security situation is not favorable to conduct the assessments.

The counting for those areas where the statement by the ministry did not mention will be conducted when they are safe for nominators and supervisors involved.

It is to be recalled that the government has recently announced that the security situation particularly in West Oromia has been deteriorating.

“We ask the public to cooperate by providing accurate information,” SilesheBekelle(PhD), minister of Water, Irrigation &Electricity, said in a media briefing given to local journalists.

“We are sure that those who are involved in the process will not face a security problem and we ask local security officials to provide their cooperation,” he said.

It is to be recalled that mainly due to security concerns across the country; Ethiopia has extended its fourth population and housing census almost by more than one year. It is recently that the Central Statistics Agency is reportedly preparing to conduct the Census by April, 2019.

Thisis the second time that the country is conducting similar assessments on water and hygiene facilities. The first round was conducted back in 2010/11.In this respect, for data gathered back then, access to clean water in urban areas wasat 60 percent where as in rural areas was 74 percent. In addition there are around 600,000 facilities.

Unlike the first round, this one will be done using a digital technology where 4,075 tablet computers will be deployed to gather all the essential data.

The ministry has spent USD 2.1 million to purchase these tablets. Moreover, 111 million birr is paid for software purchases and other related costs where as the rest 100 million is dedicated to the whole counting process.