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Artisans, Mechanics Keep Water Facilities In Borno IDPs Camps Running 

Posted: Aug 3, 2016 at 1:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Onche Odeh, Abuja


No fewer than 60 artisans and local area mechanics displaced by the Boko Haram led insurgency in North East Nigeria that are currently taking refuge in various camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in nine communities across Borno State have received various levels of trainings aimed at keeping them positively engaged, while they also help to maintain water and hygiene facilities in the camps.

They were trained using the concept of Village Level Operating Maintenance (VLOM) introduced by the United Nations Children’s Fund with funding support from the European Union Commission for Humanitarian Operations (ECHO) to help provide and increase access to potable water and clean toilets to IDPs and other members of security challenged communities in Borno State.

This has resulted in the rehabilitation of hand pump boreholes, recreating access to water for 3,000 community members including IDPs.

Disclosing this to Independent in Maiduguri, UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Consultant, Auwal Bappa, said they were trained under the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) projects funded by ECHO.

Giving further details, Bappa said, “Not less than 29,024 people in Galtimari, Fori, Juddumri, Alakaramti, Mammanti and Molei Shuwari communities, have been provided access to clean water for drinking through the drilling of not less than 42 hand pump boreholes with funding from ECHO.”

Alhaji Abba Haruna, an IDP from Bama currently resident at the Galtimari Junior Day Secondary School, Jere, camp is one those with the basic skilled sets on hand pump repairs that was trained on the maintainance of the water facilities.

He told Independent in Jere that, he and others, have been trained under the VILOM concept, adding that maintaining the facilities have become a way of keeping up while they are away from home, and that it has also given them the opportunity to help solve one of the major problems faced by his kinsmen at the IDPs camps.

“I learnt how to repair the hand pumps and with more training from the ECHO team, it has been easy for me to take the people along as we ensure that the facilities are in good condition,” Haruna said.

On how the repairs are funded, he said, “Most of the times we task VILOM members and the community members for tokens, and often, we also get support from the UNICEF and ECHO.”

Galtimari, Jiddari and Fori communities are currently host to three solar powered boreholes, each with the capacity to supply over 40 litres of clean water serving over 20 reticulation points.

This, according to the UNICEF WASH consultant, Bappa, is aimed at providing the IDPs with clean and safe water and latrines as a way of reducing the risk of cholera, diarrhea and other water borne diseases among them.