The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah stressed the need to pay attention to water projects, especially the Man-made River projects, adding that there must be an approved plan, knowing that the priority is for projects that have been suspended for years.
Dbeibah's remarks came in a meeting Tuesday at the Office of the Man-made River Authority, in the presence of the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, the Head of the Audit Bureau, the director of the Man-made River Authority, ministers of finance and water resources, and heads of technical and administrative committees.
Dbeibah indicated that the most important of those projects was the pipeline that is pumping water to the cities of the western coast from the Ghadames wells, the Ajdabiya-Tobruk pipeline, which has been suspended since 2010, and the start of maintenance of the 147 idle wells in the Al-Hasawneh system.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Libya and the Head of the Audit Bureau said the water file will be essential in the 2023 development budget, and regarding to funding sources, it was confirmed during the meeting that the relevant laws had been amended by Law No. 5 of 2003, which stipulates the provision of financial allocations as a matter of development for the benefit of the Man-made River projects.
The meeting saw an agreement also on the need to complete the suspend projects of the Man-made River system, repair the idle wells, and form an urgent committee from all relevant parties to develop a clear vision for the water file.