President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has delivered a 300 housing units of two-bedroom each and other basic facilities at two Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in Borno State.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina unveiled on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
“The projects constructed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, OSSAP-SDGs, were commissioned at the IDPs camps in Gwoza and Nganzai Local Government Areas of the Borno State on April 26 & 27 respectively,” Adesina said.
He mentioned that Nganzai project consists of 200 housing units, primary healthcare center, pipe borne water supply, sport facility, centre for skill acquisition, accessible roads, community hall and a 400 units of solar powered street lights.
“The President commends the OSSAP-SDGs for delivering for use the IDPs 100 housing units in Gwoza, a fully equipped 20-bed Primary Healthcare Centre and a quarter for security operatives.
“The other projects unveiled include three fully furnished blocks of six classrooms, a water scheme with complete reticulation, access roads, 500 poles of integrated solar streetlights and market lockup/open shops,” the Special Advicer added.
The laudable projects were commissioned by top government officials at federal and state levels, lawmakers, the management of OSSAP-SDGs, as well as traditional and religious leaders.
Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State commended President Muhammadu Buhari and OSSAP-SDGs for the projects for the benefit of people, who were displaced by the insurgency in the state.
He noted that housing is a critical aspect of the resettlement and rehabilitation process for communities affected by the insurgency and the projects executed by OSSAP-SDGs in the State are the largest single intervention by any organisation since the beginning of the insurgency in the state.
“This will enhance the living condition of the people, and also provide a sense of security and stability,” Governor Zulum said.
Zulum also reiterated his commitment to the resettlement and rehabilitation of communities affected by the insurgency.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire expressed gratitude to the President for providing the needed resources that have enabled her Office to work closely with sub-national governments to deliver key interventions to fast-track the achievement of the 2023 agenda.
Orelope-Adefulire also appreciated the Borno State Government for the support given to her Office to deliver on the initiative.
“The projects were in line with the promise of the President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years with emphasis on delivery of key interventions with multiplier effects on multi-dimensional poverty, such as basic healthcare, vocational skills development and education provisioning as well as the North East Stabilisation and Development Master Plan (NESDMP),” she said.
She added that the interventions were also meant to help Nigeria accelerate the progress on the SDGs by 2030 and the Borno State Strategic Development Plan by 2024.
“The provision of decent and affordable housing is a fundamental human right, enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG 11, these housing units, alongside the other facilities, will go a long way in improving the living conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons and ensuring their safety and resilience,” she said.
The presidential aide added that the facilities have spillover effects on other related Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 1, which seeks to end poverty; SDG 2, which seeks to end hunger and promote food security; SDG 3, which seeks to promote good health and well-being; SDG 4, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education; SDG 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality; SDG 6, which seeks to ensure access to clean water and sanitation and SDG 7, which seeks to ensure access to affordable and clean energy.
The projects are also in line with SDG 8, which seeks to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth; SDG 9, which seeks to promote resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization; SDG 10, which seeks to reduce inequalities; SDG 13, which seeks to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; SDG 16, which seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies; and SDG 17, which seeks to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
“My office and Borno State Government have worked closely to complete these interventions which demonstrate our commitment to providing sustainable infrastructure that meets the needs of the communities. We look forward to working together to achieve more SDGs in Borno State and Nigeria at large so that “No-One is Left Behind,” the SSAP-SDGs added.