UNDP begins construction of 288 houses for IDPs in Borno

IDPs used to illustrate the story.
IDPs used to illustrate the story.

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has begun the construction of 288 housing units for internally displaced persons in Borno, the agency said in its fact-sheet.

The prospective beneficiaries are victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the state.

The projects are in Ngwom community in Mafa Local Government Area.

The UN agency said that the 288 were under construction, while work on a remaining 12 had not started.

The agency also stated that it constructed a clinic, 288 market stalls, 20 shops, as well as six classrooms, one administrative block and a store at the primary school in the community.

It stated that the clinic would be equipped by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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The agency said it had also distributed 210 bags of assorted fertilisers, 105 knapsack sprayers and 120 goats to farmers in the community.

The agency also stated that it distributed 2,100kg of sorghum seeds, 2,100kg of millet seeds, 2,362.5kg of cowpea seeds and 24 cartons of chemicals to farmers.

It also highlighted some of its proposed projects, including a police out-post, borehole, installation of solar equipment at the clinic, distribution of agricultural inputs for fish farmers and livelihood support.

It also proposes to provide unconditional grants to women and young girls, train youth entrepreneurs on micro and small business enterprises and train local government officials.

“The training is to build the capacity of local government officials on the provision of basic community services, maintenance of public infrastructure, planning and monitoring skill,” it stated.

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