Early recovery – Laying foundation for development to take place again
United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Mr. Edward Kollon accompanied by Mr. Peter Plumbarg and Mizuho Yokoi, was in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
After meeting with the Honorable commissioner for Reconstructions, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum. The team proceeded on an inspection tour of Ngom Town, Mafa Local Government area.
Ngom, is a town that was once completly destroyed and overrun by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014. Thanks to the intervention of United Nations Development program (UNDP), The Japanese Government in Collaboration with the Borno state Government, the Town was reconstructed through the new ministry of RRR.
Speaking at Ngom, Mr. Kollon said, the biggest challenge in the Northeast is, How to bridge the Humanitarian and developmental projects together, and the beauty of the Ngom reconstructions project was the use of Intergrated Rural Solution and deployment of emerging skills: Local Labour. This would be the model for for future intervention to the liberated communities.
He also said that, Security is very important, the community must also stand to the occasion in order to compliment the work of the Military and Police. And the UNDP will continue to work with the Borno state Government to expand the services to other liberated Towns.
According to the Hon commissioner for reconstructions, as the pilot project, 70% of the project was founded by UNDP and the Japanese Government, while the 30% by the Borno state Government. A total of 300 Houses, A new Market complex with 288 stalls, Health Center and School with 6 classrooms was constructed. He also said that, the Town’s IDPs are expected to return by the second week of January.