The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Somali contractors to launch three Quick Impact Projects in the country.
AMISOM will be working in partnership with the contractors, Brothers Relief and Development Organisation (BRADO) and United Development Housing in Somalia (UDHIS ) to start three projects which include Construction of classrooms for 600 children at the Saabir Primary School in Wardigley District of Mogadishu, Repair of Warmaham Bridge and Refurbishment of old Leego Primary School building for 300 children both in Wanleweyn District in Bay Region. The project will be funded through the AMISOM Trust Fund provided by partners.
Speaking during the handover ceremony on behalf of the AU Special Representative, Ambassador Epiphanie Ntamwana Kabushemeye expressed her satisfaction for the initiative saying it is a concrete example to enhance good coordination and collaboration to find solutions to issues at the community level.
“I trust that the results of these types of quick impact projects will pave the way for long- term and more sustainable projects that will benefit the communities in Somalia,” she said adding that the initiative also complements the efforts of the military in providing a safe space in which such initiatives can take place.
Dr. Opiyo Ododa, Civil Affairs officer for AMISOM said this initiative comes at a time when there is an increase interaction with civilians and this is crucial to consolidate peace dividends gained in Somalia.
“AMISOM has good relationship with the civilians and the identified projects will go a long way to help the Somali people and I hope we will continue to do more of the projects,” said Dr. Opiyo
Qasim Yaye Ibrahim, the Executive Director of BRADO expressed his gratitude to AMISOM and UNSOA for the support saying that this will go a long way in helping the Somali people. “I can assure you that contractors, the local leaders and organizations will work hand in hand with AMISOM to continue better the lives of the Somalis and I thank AMISOM who have always supported the Somali people.”
The signing ceremony which took place at AMISOM base camp was attended by the two directors of the two organisations, Civilian Chief of Staff, Ambassador Epiphanie Ntamwana Kabushemeye, Head of Somalia Support Mike Hanrahan, AMISOM Civil Affairs officer Dr. Opiyo Ododa and a representative of Civil Military Coordination unit (CIMIC).