Two new sanitation facilities comprising eight flush toilets have been handed over by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the Marine Market business community at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu to strengthen standards for hygiene in the busy market.
The new facilities, which are part of AMISOM’s Quick Impact Projects (QUIP), were handed over on Saturday by the head of the AMISOM Civil Affairs Unit, Dr Opiyo Ododa, and the Deputy Contingent Commander. from Ugandan troops serving under AMISOM in Somalia, Colonel Samuel Mwesigwa, to Hamar Jajab district commissioner, Moawiye Ahmed Mudey, who represented the administration of the Banadir region.
The two amenities, which each come with a water tank, now replace the old, rusty and uncomfortable pit latrines, which market leaders said were not good for business.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Dr Ododa said the donation is aimed at improving health standards within the market community as part of AMISOM’s efforts to empower communities.
“The purpose of handing over this project is to ensure that the local community has the hygiene necessary for its well-being. This project is part of our Quick Impact Projects and also helps give back to the community to ensure that the communities that host us also benefit from our service delivery, ”said Dr Ododa.
He added that plans are underway to embark on the construction of permanent stalls and a waste management system for traders in the marine market, who operate on the outskirts of AMISOM base camp and sell their goods mainly to AMISOM personnel and other inhabitants of the base camp. which houses the UN, foreign embassies and many private companies.
Colonel Mwesigwa reiterated AMISOM’s commitment to maintain such support to communities in the host country. “AMISOM is committed to meeting the basic needs of civilians in the recovered and peaceful areas of Somalia in order to improve their livelihoods,” said Colonel Mwesigwa.
For his part, the Harmajajab District Commissioner said AMISOM has donated a vital sanitation facility and urged the business community to take care of these facilities.
“Toilets are one of the most important public amenities for a community. We thank AMISOM for this support and I would like to urge the business community in the maritime market to take care of these new facilities and maintain them properly, ”said Mudeey.
Speaking on behalf of the project beneficiaries, Marine Market President Abdullahi Mohamed Ali said the sanitation facilities will improve business as customers and traders enjoy their use.
“We really needed a clean, permanent toilet, and I can say with confidence that this need has been met today, thanks to AMISOM for this support,” said Ali.
AMISOM, through the PAQs of the CIMIC Unit, has already supported communities by building schools, water wells and hosting medical camps and donating office equipment to government institutions, including hospitals, to improve the quality of life of the population.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the African Union Mission in Somalia.