Finance Minister Amara Konneh Representing Government On UN Agencies $52m Agreement
GOL, UN Agencies Sign US$52m Agreement
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, September 25 (LINA) -The Government of Liberia has signed a US$52 million contractual agreement with four agencies of the United Nations to implement emergency Ebola response projects.
The Liberia News Agency reports that the agencies, which include the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, World Food Program and the United Nations Office for Project Services, will implement projects with the US$52 million provided by the World Bank.
At the signing ceremony held Thursday in the conference hall of the Liberia Telecommunication Company (LIBTELCO), Finance Minister Amara Konneh, who represented government, said the World Bank US$52 million grant will be used to underwrite the operational cost of existing Ebola Treatment Units (ETU’s) for the next six months.
He further disclosed that the grant under the emergency Ebola response projects will also finance the construction of additional ETU’s as well as provide medical personnel and patients various necessities to combat the Ebola virus.
“Resources are also directed toward preventing the further spread of the disease through community outreach and awareness and to further ensure that the bodies of those succumbing to the deadly Ebola virus are disposed of with dignity and respect,” the Minister stated.
Meanwhile Minister Konneh has reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and provision of just benefits for healthcare workers in the country.
He pointed out that government remains immensely grateful for the level of services being provided by healthcare workers in the country and as such government will provide every benefit including those for hazard payments as included in the emergency program.
The US$52 million grant to facilitate Liberia’s emergency Ebola response project is part of a total of US$105 million provided by the World Bank to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three Mano River Union countries currently fighting to contain the Ebola disease.
Liberia being the hardest hit nation, received the maximum share of the grant which is to be managed for the next six months with various UN agencies serving as implementing partners.