Minister of Water, Juma Aweso said last week when he witnessed Equity Bank and Duwasa exchange a cheque to that effect at a ceremony held in the new capital, that although the government is investing heavily in water supply, the private sector has an important to play in supporting such investments.
Aweso who was also launching a countrywide campaign to stop water leakages, said the public has a duty to protect and safeguard water supply and sanitation facilities. “The government is investing a lot of money in water project hence the public needs to protect such facilities,” he said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Equity Bank’s Managing Director, Esther Kitoka said the bank has for many years been a good partner to the government and public through offering banking services but also support community projects including water supply.
“Equity Bank as one of the key development partners in the country has decided to donate the cash in order to support water supply at Makole Primary School in Dodoma. We understand very well the importance of water supply to the community hence the donation,” Kitoka said.
She said the donation will also ensure proper sewage system at the public school which in turn will lead to better health for pupils and success in examinations. The Equity Bank Tanzania chief further noted that the bank has through WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) been championing improvement of clean water supply and sanitation facilities countrywide.
“WASH services are aimed at providing clean water supply to communities but also better waste water management,” she said while noting that the bank has loans to support such projects which also include purchasing of storage facilities and borehole drilling.
Equity Bank Tanzania Limited is part of Kenyan based Equity Group Holdings Plc but also has presence in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and DR Congo. Currently, the bank has 14 branches, over 100 big agents and over 3,600 agents countrywide.