UNDP hands over rehabilitated infrastructure to communities in North-East NigeriaMay 28, 2017
UNDP has handed over rehabilitated infrastructure to communities being supported in the North-East as part of its early recovery interventions in the three most affected States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
In Borno, resources were allocated for the procurement of construction material for 150 houses in Ngwom of Mafa LGA. A community that was totally devastated in the insurgency is now in the process of recovery – it is also a pilot community of UNDP’s integrated community stabilization package. In Yobe, a water borehole that from which over 4,000 residents will benefit was constructed in Biriri village in Tarmuwa LGA and two blocks of a primary school were constructed specifically for IDP children in Damaturu. In Adamawa, a primary health care centre that was reconstructed and two water boreholes were constructed in Guyaku village in Gombi LGA. The Health care centre will benefit more than 8,000 community members while thousands more will have access to clean and safe water.
UNDP Acting Country Director UNDP Nigeria committed UNDP’s continuous support to the North-East region and its intention to scale up the support with the facilities rehabilitated as catalytic evidence. Public facilities were rehabilitated or constructed to support recovery of communities employing local community members in the States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
Hand-over ceremonies of the infrastructure were held in Biriri, Yobe and Guyaku, Adamawa States. Permanent Secretary of Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) expressed heartfelt appreciation for support by UNDP and assured maintenance of the facility by the local government and the community. The infrastructure was rehabilitated with funding support from the Government of Switzerland through the Emergency Development Response to Crisis and Recovery (EDRCR) Fund. First Secretary of the Embassy noted with gratitude his Government’s efforts were contributing to meeting recovery needs of the community. He stressed the importance of continuous maintenance of the infrastructure.
During the mission, a visit was paid to a waste management project site in Maiduguri, Borno State. Through the project, over 1,000 workers have been mobilized, from host communities and among the displaced people, to clean drainage canals in the city. Before the project, most of the drainage canals had been clogged with waste, making the drainage system of Maiduguri barely functional and extremely susceptible to flooding with risks of harmful emissions contaminating the atmosphere, water bodies and groundwater sources. The canals also became fertile sources of transmission of vector-borne disease. Majority of the workers engaged in this projects are women.
UNDP Nigeria is committed to continue to support North-East Nigeria in partnership with development partners including the Government of Switzerland.