Ivory Coast: €840m to be spent on sanitation and drainage by 2030

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In Ivory Coast, the government plans to invest 550 billion CFA francs (about €840 million) to strengthen sanitation and drainage services over the next seven years. The announcement was made on 16 May 2023 by Konan Ahou, the director of operations and quality monitoring at the National Office of Sanitation and Drainage (ONAD).

Ivory Coast will redouble its efforts to finance sanitation and drainage. The West African country’s government is expected to spend 550 billion CFA francs (nearly 840 million euros) on sanitation and drainage projects over the next seven years, about five times the portfolio dedicated to sanitation and drainage between 2013 and 2022 in Ivory Coast, or 81.5 billion CFA francs, more than 123 million euros. This decision follows the recent publication of a report on sanitation in Ivory Coast by the National Office for Sanitation and Drainage (ONAD).

According to the document, the rate of access to sanitation in Ivory Coast has increased from 22% in 2011 to 56% in 2021, i.e. 74% in 2021 in urban areas and 32% in 2021 in rural areas. The report was presented by Konan Ahou, the director of the monitoring of the operation and quality at the National Office of Sanitation and Drainage (ONAD). It was presented during the weekly conference “Tout savoir sur”, of the Centre for Information and Government Communication (CICG).

According to the Ivorian authorities, the future infrastructures will support existing works such as “flood control dams, rainwater and wastewater networks, sludge treatment stations, sludge dumping stations. Ivorian households have also been connected to ONAD’s effluent network,” says Konan Ahou.

The challenge for Ivory Coast is also to reduce flooding, which is partly due to the blockage of pipes by waste. In the economic capital of Ivory Coast, Abidjan, for example, the floods of 21 June 2022 caused four deaths and affected some thirty people, according to the Ivorian authorities.

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Already in 2014, ONAD set up the “Pre-rainy season” operation which allows, among other things, the permanent maintenance of primary drainage works, the “punctual” cleaning of drainage works, the treatment of critical points, the setting up of monitoring devices during the rainy season and the release of rights-of-way.

Inès Magoum

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