EU, UNDP Engage 600 IDPs For Cleanup, Waste Management In Borno State
EU, UNDP Engage 600 IDPs For Cleanup, Waste Management In Borno State – European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) say they have engaged 600 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State for “cleanup and waste management” activities.
The EU is funding the community waste management programme to deliver sanitation-related services, under the “Sustainable Waste
Management and Environmental Protection” project tagged: “Emergency Employment in Borno State.”
Inaugurating the employment programme yesterday in Maiduguri, the UNDP Head in Northeast, Ms. Mizuho Yokoi, said: “This project aligns with the EU’s funding objectives. It is also part of UNDP’s early recovery efforts, aimed at resuscitating household sources of livelihoods that will sustain communities beyond humanitarian aid. The beneficiaries of this intervention include IDPs and their hosts communities.”
She explained that income generated from opportunities like this would help families to meet household needs, which include feeding, medication and children’s school fees.
Yokoi stressed that previous beneficiaries from similar opportunities had used their income to start small businesses and support even more community members.
She further disclosed that over $8 million (N2.88 billion) would be invested in the activities to rid the region of debris from conflict reconstruction, and clean up of communities in Maiduguri,
Bama and Biu Local Council Areas.
Head of Cooperation at the EU delegation to Nigerian and ECOWAS, Kurt Cornelis, lauded the project, which would change attitude towards the environment.
Deputy Governor of the state, Usman Durkwa, agreed that the project will create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.