Organization for Migration (IOM) has completed the rehabilitation of two
boreholes in Gwoza and Konduga towns in Borno state, in a bid to assist
residents affected by the North-East insurgency return to safe and dignified
In a statement issued on
Tuesday and signed by Ikechukwu Attah, the National Protocol Officer
of IOM, the construction is part of a project funded by the Republic of Korea.
On the occasion of the
reopening of these water facilities, Lee In-tae, Ambassador of the Republic of
Korea to Nigeria, pledged continued support for the government of Nigeria in
tackling humanitarian needs through the IOM and other agencies.
“The Korean Government will
continue to strengthen efforts by providing support to vulnerable people,
especially women and girls, continuing capacity-building of government
officials, and promoting education and health of Nigerian youth,” In-tae said.
The IOM said he rehabilitation
project has improved the access to water for 13,500 individuals voluntarily
returning to their communities of origin.
“Our aim is to improve access to community
infrastructure and basic services and to ensure that these rehabilitation
activities are sustainable,” said Dave Bercasio, IOM Nigeria Head of
Sub-office. “That is why we are engaging the beneficiaries by forming
community-based water, sanitation and hygiene committees,” he added.
IOM has also completed the
drilling of an additional borehole in Damboa, as well the rehabilitation
of a community market in Konduga and two primary schools
in Mandarari and Pulka benefitting approximately 6,000
According to the UN
migration agency, ongoing conflict in north-east Nigeria has caused the
displacement of 1.8 million people, including women and children. Since August 2015,
about 1.56 million individuals have returned to their communities due to the
expanded presence of security forces.