UNHCR, UNICEF To Build 2, 500 Family Shelter Units For Borno IDPs

UNICEFTHE United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with Borno State government have planned to build 2, 500 family shelter units and classrooms for Borno Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) currently taking refuge at Maiduguri public schools.

The shelter units will have toilets, boreholes and health centres for the over 20, 000 IDPs who will be relocated from the various public school camps of Maiduguri to Bakasi camp.

Disclosing this yesterday, the UNHCR field/protection officer, Mohammed Tejan-Cole, while flagging off the construction of family shelter units at Bakasi camp, said that the units, when completed would accommodate 20, 000 displaced persons, who are to be relocated by the Inuwa Kubo committee from the various camps of Maiduguri metropolis to Bakasi camp.

His words: “After this high-powered committee of the Borno State government has completed its relocation and resettlement strategies of IDPs living in public schools, the Bakasi camp was extended for the construction of 2, 500 family shelters.

In the first phase, 1, 250 shelter units will be built by local engineers on ground, while the remaining 1, 250 will be completed during the second phase of massive relocations and re-settlements of these displaced persons currently living in some of the secondary and primary schools in Maiduguri.”

Dr. Franck Ndaie of UNICEF also said that the extended new Bakasi camp would have water and health care facilities so that the IDPs would not contract waterborne diseases.

With the relocations of displaced persons in primary and secondary school camps of Maiduguri, UNICEF will build 150 toilets, boreholes and provide health care centres, including the security of IDPs. Each block of the family shelter units will also have 28 classrooms so that children of IDPs return to school this month.”

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