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IOM Launches Multipurpose Community Hall In Yola

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The International Organisation for Migration, IOM, launched a Multipurpose Community Hall in Yola, Adamawa State, as part of its efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in the North East Nigerian.

The hall which was funded by the government of Korea, in collaboration with the IOM, the World Food Programme, as well as the Adamawa State Government, is to serve as a Skills acquisition centre.

The hall, commissioned by the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, was part of 2 million Dollar funding provided to the IOM by the Korean government for humanitarian assistance.

Speaking on the occasion, IOM Chief of Mission, Franz Celestin said that it would also serve as a centre to provide support and empowerment to survivors of sexually based violence.

According to him, the move by the IOM was to provide a hand up to the beneficiaries, so that they could find their feet and push towards life beyond humanitarian aid.

Adding that the hall was built with the purpose of providing a safe space for those who have been displaced and also for those in the community who need assistance.

Fintiri, who was represented by his deputy, Martins Babale, said that considering the limitation of funds, such a huge investment by the Korean government must be commended, assuring that the state government would sustain and make good utilization of the centre for the purpose for which it was built.

The governor, however, urged the government of Korea and other international organisations to expand their interventions in the state.

On his part, the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae said that the intervention by his government was in the light of the cordial relations between the two countries.

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