On July 20, 2017, H.E. Mohammad Sarwar Danish, the second Vice President, Mrs. Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and Mrs. Masooma Muradi, Provincial Governor of Daikundi performed the tradition of ribbon cutting ceremony to officially start utilization of two major projects, 1) construction of sport stadium and 2) a 20 bed drug treatment hospital. In this ceremony some high ranking officials including Minister of Higher Education (MoHE), Minister of Public Work (MoPW), Minister of Rural and Rehabilitation Development (MRRD), local government authorities, some MPs, elders, media representatives and etc. were also present.
H.E. Mohammad Sarwar Danish, the Afghanistan second Vice President expressed in his remarks appreciation to MCN for their interventions in Afghanistan in particular in Daikundi province: “The stadium and 20 bed drug treatment hospital are the examples of MCN interventions in developing and countering narcotics in Daikundi province.”, he added.
Mrs. Salamat Azimi, MCN Minister in her short remarks briefly pointed out that MCN/GPI successfully contracted the construction works of four projects worth around 2.32 million USD. According to her, three out of four projects have been completed and handed over to respective authorities for utilization: “It is my pleasure and happiness that officially inaugurate the utilization of two major projects, sport stadium and 20 bed hospital here in Daikundi province.”, she added.
Later on in this ceremony, Mrs. Masooma Muradi, local governor, congratulated the facilities to all participants in particular to the people of Daikundi province: “I express my thanks to MCN/GPI and the donor of these projects for implementation and funding.”, she added. According to her, these two projects have facilitated medical services to people in particular drug addicted patients in this province: “these two major projects assist local government to tackle the problem of addiction in Daikundi province.”, she added.
It needs to be mentioned that the construction works of those projects cost MCN/GPI totally around 1.45 million (1,455,853.49 USD). The construction works of these projects have improved the livelihood of farmers/laborers as generated 221,183 days of temporary daily-wage employment opportunity for the local laborers and will facilitate permanent employment opportunities for many others who will operate these facilities.