FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2004
Hilary F. White
Michael A. Leach
DISTRIBUTIONS MADE TO BABIL PROVINCE FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Hilla, Babil Province, Iraq. During April, the Coalition Provisional
Authority awarded more than $345,300 in contracts for community projects in
Babil Province. The projects are now employing local Iraqis from Babil Province.
Iraqis are using the funds to refurbish health clinics and clean up roads in
Hilla. The money also pays for sewage projects in Hilla, road upgrades in Al-Jaryan,
and a footbridge in Shomalie.
CPA believes a good educational system is essential as Iraq progresses toward
self-government. The money is being used to repair the Reno Al-Jouahri School in
Hilla, and it provides sports equipment for schools in the area. Repairing and
improving schools creates a better learning environment for children and
increases opportunities for their futures as they learn in a free Iraq.
The local Iraqi contractors were chosen from a competitive bidding process. All
the money is given in increments, and as the work is properly completed, more
money will be given to the Iraqi contractors. Seized from the former regime
assets, the money is now being used for the Iraqi people.
The above examples show Iraqis determined to work on improving their communities
as they move toward a sovereign country. We will continue to support the Iraqi
people as they become a self-governing and democratic nation.