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Economy News - Baghdad
The government service and engineering effort team revealed new plans to implement vital projects for the poorest areas during the current year, and while noting that the services provided were appreciated by the United Nations organizations concerned with urban areas and international work, he stated that the Prime Minister monitors the work of the service team on a daily basis.
The head of the Service and Engineering Effort Team, Jaber Al-Hassani, said in an interview with the Iraqi News Agency (INA) followed by “Al-Iqtisad News”: “The Service and Engineering Effort Team was established by Cabinet Resolution 286 in the year 2022 and based on what was stated in the ministerial curriculum of the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, and based on From the needs of citizens in Baghdad and the governorates and regions with irregular population centers called “slums” established on agricultural and non-agricultural lands.
Providing urgent services
He added, "The team was established from all formations of all ministries and agencies and has tasks drawn up by Resolution 286, and among its tasks is to provide urgent and necessary services to neighborhoods in various sectors such as municipal services, water, sewage, electricity, education, health, and the rest of the necessary services that the citizen needs, including slums."
He pointed out that "the effort began on 11/5/2022 in three neighborhoods in Baghdad, and the work expanded to include new neighborhoods in Baghdad and the governorates with 95 different projects, ranging from small to large, in various sectors," indicating that "about 60 projects out of 95 were completed." Until now, the others are under construction.”
He pointed out that "the effort implemented many projects in Baghdad next to Al-Karkh, such as the Shaker Al-Ani project and the Al-Dawanem area in Al-Shu'la, which is a large area with four thousand dunums, and the implementation of a park in Al-Rashid, burying a 14-kilometre-long shakha and converting its path to a road, which will contribute to relieving traffic congestion in the region."
Ya Hussein Road - Baghdad
He explained that “the effort participated in the Ya Hussein-Baghdad road, and carried out important works on the Rusafa side, such as the neighborhoods of Kufa, Al-Kawthar, the second Kufa, Al-Risala, the areas of the Basateen neighborhood, the Mustafa neighborhood, the Al-Sadrin neighborhood, and various streets in the Basateen neighborhood, Saradat, Al-Tha’labah, and Bob Al-Sham, in addition to providing services in Al-Nahrawan, Saba Al-Bour, and rehabilitating 13 people.” A school in Baghdad, rehabilitation of large sewerage works in the various areas mentioned, and paving of roads.”
Al-Hassani continued, “The effort also participated in rehabilitating the entire Central Children’s Hospital at a cost amounting to 8 and a half billion dinars, which has not been renovated since 1986 until today. As for the educational sector, the effort contributed with the Ministry of Education in meeting the requirements of the classrooms for chilled water and refrigeration equipment.” And (air) coolers and school trips. As for the electricity sector, the effort contributed to rehabilitating the electricity networks in all the areas of Baghdad that we dealt with, removing bottlenecks and rearranging the network to be fundamental,” pointing out that “the effort also contributed to the work entrusted to it, such as opening the energy route and transferring controls.” Such as the control of Al-Abaiji and the control of Al-Rustamiya to Al-Laj, in addition to assistance in the social protection network and municipalities in removing violations and other matters in the capital.”
Service effort plan
He noted that "the effort plan for the current year is to provide services to 51 areas in Baghdad, including water, sewage, municipal works, and electricity. These areas were started on the twentieth of last September, but the funds have not been released yet," noting that "the completion rates in those areas are The areas range from (5 to 15%),” stressing that “our goal and ambition is to have no slums in Baghdad and Iraq, but that requires great efforts and the allocation of funds and state mechanisms.”
Al-Hassani continued, "The effort needs to restore the path of mobilizing mechanisms again, to begin major work and for the initiative to be in the hands of the team, especially in light of the presence of government support and large exceptions to bypass routine and direct implementation. This is an available opportunity that must be exploited to provide services to deprived areas," in addition to the presence of a response. A large number of citizens and acceptance of the work that is being carried out,” indicating that “the effort seeks to employ the state’s capabilities correctly and benefit from good and efficient surplus cadres, in light of the presence of areas that are still waiting for their turn to work, and this motivates us to work in unusual contexts and non-classical work methods.” To extricate these areas from their reality.”
He stated that “in the current year’s plan, we hope that it will be a first stage, and work will continue until the end of 2023 and 2024,” pointing out that “the effort now has 6 governorates, and about 25 works have been initiated in Diwaniyah Governorate, and neighborhoods such as Al-Amel neighborhood and its annex, which is a large random area, have been completed. Completion of the infrastructure of water, sewerage, and electricity, in addition to the road network in the first and second Al-Amin neighborhoods, the second Al-Amin annex, the mechanics district, and Sayed Muhammad in the Shamiya district. The streets in the Al-Hamzah Tourist Road and the Al-Hamza district were covered, and there are contributions to the social protection network and development within the city on Umm Al-Khail Street. As for Al-Muthanna Governorate, we started with four areas, which are in the process of being completed, and work is continuing on infrastructure and municipal works, and in the 2023 plans, we added 6 new neighborhoods in Al-Muthanna, Al-Warka, Samawah, Al-Rumaitha, and Al-Hilal District, and the rehabilitation of Al-Rumaitha General Hospital and Al-Khader Hospital, and the rehabilitation of 13 schools as well. “As for Maysan, there are 16 areas in architecture,The infrastructure is being rehabilitated, municipal services and electricity are being provided, as well as schools and health facilities being built.”
Service effort in the governorates
He stated, “In Salah al-Din, we have begun efforts in the Al-Qadisiyah neighborhood area, and the completion of a large regular area of water and sewage works. We have also recently begun in the Nineveh and Babil governorates, and in our Nineveh governorate there are approximately 12 projects distributed between districts, districts, and the center of Mosul, in addition to including random areas.” "With services."
He continued, “In order for the service and engineering effort team to continue its work, it must be transformed into a body or institution that has an internal and legislative system and has mechanisms organized to reduce time and costs and implement the work directly,” explaining that “the effort work is subject to the Financial Supervision Bureau, and we have a consulting office in the union.” Engineers, and our work is monitored by the Prime Minister and followed up on a daily basis.”
He pointed to the possibility of entering new governorates during 2024, where the focus will be on the poorest governorates, explaining that “the effort has a great responsibility and demands achievement in light of the presence of continuous follow-up by the Prime Minister, so the effort continues day and night in order to advance achievement for the citizens,” noting that “The financial allocations for the effort in the 2023 budget do not meet the ambition, but the effort is working as much as possible to provide the best services to deprived areas.”
He stated that "if the effort is transferred to an institution, it will have a personality and an internal system and will be able to contract with companies and departments to provide services in a correct and orderly manner, but now our number is limited and there is an accelerating pace and its work is many, despite the presence of obstacles in a country like Iraq after 2003. The nature of the system and the political changes and fluctuations Security has produced work contexts that are not strong and unproductive, so the work formula must be restored and the work must return to the correct track. The state’s contexts and laws must be above controls and in accordance with specifications, and every dinar spent must be in return for a specific production, and we must abandon inaccurate statements and exaggerated prices. And crusty projects that are not productive, we must rearrange priorities, work decisively, and make room for consulting offices to work, so that the work is engineering according to correct contexts and scientific foundations.”
Praise for the service effort
He pointed out that “the effort’s work in slums or regular areas has received the approval of the United Nations organizations concerned with urban agglomerations, international work and the International Management Center, considering what we are doing as one of the methods of reducing and upgrading slums, and transforming them from a scattered area into an organized area that contains services like the rest of any neighborhood.” Organized housing such as Al-Mansour or Karrada neighborhoods.”
He pointed out that "the effort was established in accordance with the decision that gave legal protection and legal cover, because all the state decisions, whether laws or decisions, whether the State Administration Council or the dissolved Revolutionary Command Council, did not permit the provision of services to slum areas, nor even the law of the Ministry of Municipalities nor the decisions attached to it so as not to Encourages transgression,” noting that “slums are not just emerging today or after 2003, but even during the time of the previous regime they existed in Baghdad and a number of governorates.”
He continued, "There is a neighborhood in one of the governorates that was established randomly in the 1980s without any services," stressing that "the service effort entered this neighborhood in the Muthanna Governorate in 2022 and we provided services to it, and there are also similar neighborhoods in the Diwaniyah and Baghdad governorates." ".
He added, "Al-Duwanim is an old area that the service effort team entered under the guidance of the Prime Minister," noting that "in 2022, there was a kind of acceleration in the work, but in 2023, each project has a time period for implementation, with the presence of the Engineers Syndicate."
Allocating funds to Baghdad
He pointed out that "the capital, Baghdad, has allocated funds estimated at 206 billion dinars for municipal services projects, water, sewage, and paving, as well as health, electricity, and schools," stressing that "all governorates are included in the 2023 plan."
He explained, "The service effort was assigned other duties, such as the 25th Gulf Championship in Basra, and it provided assistance by removing the rubble, as well as restoring the house of the poet Badr Shaker Al-Sayyab, and also rehabilitating state institutions such as the Retirement Authority and the area surrounding the National Theater, including the streets, and also in the Karkh area, Al-Rashid Theater and the area surrounding this area." They are all contributions from the service effort team.”
He continued: "The effort was also tasked with preparing an examination of the restoration of Ali Al-Wardi's grave as well as the area surrounding it," indicating that "the service effort addressed humanitarian cases, poor areas that needed services, and areas where the state's hand was absent."
He pointed out that "the effort contributed to supporting the Ministry of Education and some schools in Diwaniyah with school trips, as well as meeting the requirements of examination halls by providing coolers and cold water, according to the directives of the President in Baghdad and some governorates."
Support the Ministry of Education
He went on to say: “We are working with the Ministry of Education in the committee to prepare blackboards and many things for schools. The effort also contributes to establishing mechanisms for building schools, searching for lands, and obtaining approvals from the directorates of the Ministry of Education to build schools. The effort also contributes extensively to health centers, land registration, and everything related to the citizen.” Pointing out that “cooperation and coordination with the governors is good, and there are comments on a number of them, with the exception of the governor of Baghdad. He is cooperative and we have high and good coordination with him.”
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