By Kwiza Mbumbeh, Maiduguri
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over 608 Ngwom shopping complex, market stalls and houses to Borno state government as part of UN’s early recovery and rebuilding of destroyed communities in Northeast.
Ngwom was attacked severally between 2014 and 2016 by Boko Haram and displaced 370 households, including 2,300 residents that fled and took refuge in camps and host communities.
The UNDP Resident Coordinator, Edward Kallon disclosed to newsmen on Monday in his address at the handing over ceremony at Ngwom village, 15 kilometres east of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
He said that what was left behind, before the completion to rebuild the community was an unimaginable destruction of lives and property.
According to him, the community like any others witnessed the destruction of both property and livelihoods at the hands of
insurgents. “The entire community was destroyed,” said Kallon.
He added, “I have been told that before 2014, this community was associated with an enviable reputation of being the livestock and grains trading hub of Borno state and its neighbouring states.
“The trading in grains and livestock not only extend to neighbouring countries of Lake Chad Basin, but as far to Central African Republic
He noted that the only primary school that served the community, a health care, trading centre and other public infrastructures were also destroyed.
Governor Kashim Shettima thanked the UNDP for its support and commitments to rebuild 20 destroyed communities in the state.
He said the government will take far reaching security measures, before the IDPs return to Ngwom next week.