Evariste Yameogo does not hide his joy. The manager of the “Respect Plus” maquis in Sakoinse, a village in the rural commune of Kokologho (Boulkiemde province) welcomes the connection of his establishment to electricity. He acquired a fridge-freezer and his restaurant, which now employs 13 people, has the means to offer new services to its customers.
” The power cuts are rare and we have plans for expansion, ” he said before the directors of the African Development Bank, who came to the center-west of Burkina Faso for a study visit organized since February 17.
Evariste Yameogo is one of the beneficiaries of the project for strengthening electricity infrastructure and rural electrification (PRELER), which provides for 38,500 connections to the electricity grid, financed by the Bank up to 20 billion CFA Francs.
The networking of Sakoinse has also benefited the clinic and maternity village. ” The number of consultations has doubled and we can now deal with some difficult situations, unmanageable in the past, such as traffic accidents ,” says Dr. Sawadogo Sayoba.
Launched in November 2010 and completed at the end of June 2016, this program has delivered electricity to 159 localities, 1,723 km of medium-voltage electricity networks (15 to 33 KV) and 557 km of electricity networks. low voltage, as well as 350 transformer stations. Connections were also made in 249 schools, 155 health and social promotion centers and 126 other administrative structures such as prefectures, town halls and security posts. However, demand remains high, only three villages out of nine having been connected, according to the Sakoinse Mayor, Pascal Sampebre.
The directors of the Bank also visited the Kokologho Water Tower. The facilities were renovated by the Bank through co-financing between the African Development Fund and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) to the tune of CFAF 16 billion. and 8 billion CFA francs, respectively.
Another major project visited by the Bank delegation, the drinking water supply and sanitation in rural areas (PAEPA 4R), has improved the drinking water supply, with revenues of around 800,000 Francs. CFA per month. Only downside, the infrastructure has aged, including drilling that is over 20 years old. Its continuous operation has resulted in high energy consumption.
” The automatic shutdown system does not work anymore, ” says hydropower manager Daouda Ouedraogo. Construction needs to be modernized and appropriate measures taken to meet demand. One of the solutions is to oblige the beneficiaries to contribute to maintaining the facilities in good condition “. According to him, innovative projects should be committed in the future, which would take into account the management of solar panels to reduce costs. ” Greater access to clean water will boost agricultural activities, ” he adds. The rate of access to drinking water is 61% in Kokologho, compared to 71% in west-central Burkina Faso.
For her part, Fadila Tiendrebego, manager of the most important fountain in the village, is delighted with the continuous supply of water. ” Since the new installation of the water tower, there is no break, and many people come here, even from far away, to stock up. Especially the market days. Customers pay without complaining “. The saleswoman pays herself, every month, on the volume of water sold. This project has enabled the construction of 1,580 new boreholes equipped with pumps with human motility.
25 km from the capital, Ouagadougou, Ragussi association, located in the commune of Tanghin-Dassouri, is part of the beneficiaries of the project for support to the integrated development of the shea sector for the economic empowerment of women (PADIFK). This project, which is currently being completed (June 2019), is also financed by the African Development Bank for CFA 575.8 million, but also by Japan. Its objective: to strengthen the organization of the shea sector in Burkina Faso and support the development of the 100 most profitable organizations in the country.
Its main objective is to promote local products, especially shea butter and the processing into derivatives. It’s all about the value chain. Traceability already exists, from the collection of almonds to the finished product, and the crop is certified organic.
The president of the Ragussi association, Ms. Caroline Diallo, praised the contribution of the African Development Bank, in the preparation of administrative documents, training or access to the national and international market and the marketing and communication activities .
The last project, which was visited by the Bank’s administrators, is the first sub-project for the sanitation of the outlying districts of the capital Ouagadougou (SPAQPO). It aims to improve the living conditions of the populations by facilitating the evacuation of rainwater and by improving the solid waste management of the city. The trustees visited a composting unit managed by a women’s association, for which the Bank financed a manufacturing platform, a hangar and a study to improve the production and quality of compost. As the cornerstone of the project, the Mogho Naaba canal is in the construction phase. Some 400,000 people, half of them women, have already been sensitized to solid waste management.
Source: African Development Bank Group – Djibouti