A Multi-Purpose Community Centre (MPCC) built by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was officially handed over today (15.06) to the Adamawa State Government. The USD 2 million project was constructed with funding from the Republic of Korea and aims at preventing gender-based violence (GBV) and improving the well-being of the affected population.
“The Multi-Purpose Community Centre was established at the right time when the State needed additional facilities to compliment the needs of affected populations,” said Elaja Tumba, Commissioner at the Ministry of Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement.
This project aims to deal with the root causes of GBV while enhancing the capacity and skills of community members including women and girls. The Multi-Purpose Community Centre provides a safe space for activities such as lay counselling, basic emotional support, skills development and other activities targeting especially children and teenagers to promote positive coping mechanisms, resilience and facilitate healing and recovery of affected communities.
“Since the inception of the centre in 2020, IOM together with the World Food Programme have been working closely with Ministry of Women Affairs, State Emergency Management Agency, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement and community members to provide full support to those in need,” said Prestage Murima, IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission a.i.
To support the handover process of the Multi-Purpose Community centre to the national authorities, a transition plan has been developed in close consultation with the community and other stakeholders, particularly the Adamawa State Government, who will be responsible for the centre.
“I am convinced the Multi-Purpose Community centre will continue to thrive under the management of the State Government to promote and strengthen a response system that complements existing local resources,” Murima added.
According to the Nigeria Humanitarian Needs Overview 2022, GBV, including sexual violence, is widespread in the region, in part due to the ongoing conflict, insecurity, and living conditions in camps for IDPs and informal settlements. Generally, women and girls in Adamawa State have restricted mobility due to the ongoing conflict, exacerbated by the prevailing gender norms that tend to discriminate against women and girls. Communities hosting IDPs are vulnerable in most cases, and the IDPs’ needs strain scarce community resources.
“The joint project is an excellent example of operationalising the Humanitarian – Development and Peace Nexus and Delivery as One approach. It aligns perfectly with the UNSDCF objectives and contribute to address in a holistic way the needs of affected populations,” Serigne Loum, Head of Programme at WFP Nigeria.
The crisis in Northeast Nigeria has led to increase in GBV, including sexual violence. This initiative promotes women’s and girls’ psychosocial wellbeing, create social networks to reduce isolation or seclusion, enhance integration into community life, participation and generate conditions for their empowerment.