In September, the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) sector continued to advocate for the decongestion strategy and progress in key areas at LGA level. Operational partners are now ready to deploy for implementation. Top priority locations such as Dikwa, Ngala and Bama (Banki LGA) are being prioritized for decongestion and the Borno State government has given approval for partners to use identified land in Dikwa and Bama (Banki). The Zulum IDP camp has been completed and will facilitate the decongestion of the IS camp in Ngala by accommodating about 883 Households (HH).
As steps to improve the delivery of CCCM activities, Sector partners throughout September ensured thorough sensitization on COVID-19 related risks and prevention measures in camps and camp-like settings throughout September. The campaign focused on personal and environmental hygiene, and general sanitation on site. It also included the creation of water pathways as well as weekly routine infrastructural assessment of site facilities to identify gaps and basic needs.
Furthermore, a total of 6,653 HH are currently staying in reception centres across Pulka, Banki, Bama, Dikwa and Konduga. Mobar (Damasak LGA) witnessed an increase in influx of returnees resulting in the congestion of the temporary camp. Over 400HH reside in makeshift shelters while over 855 HH remain without shelter, hence sleeping in the open.
Throughout September Sector partners scaled up efforts in advocating and mobilizing for prompt responses to the cross-sectoral gaps reported by CCCM operational partners. Coordination meetings were held in 110 of the 160 sites benefitting from CCCM interventions. Additionally, sensitization and awareness-raising activities to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as participation of populations at risk were reinforced through focus group discussions and house-to-house sessions. Reminding of prevention practices such as handwashing and physical distancing are now part of the daily interventions in camps and camp-like settings.
Over 600 complaints by beneficiaries were received across sites, with the majority of the complaints relating to food, especially in Banki. In support of greater accountability to affected populations, 521 of these complaints were referred to partners from relevant sectors, while about 168 complaint files were closed.
Land advocacy and decongestion of highly congested camps or reception centers in the BAY states will remain the main priority for the sector. Other priorities include implementing a rigorous community mobilization and sensitization campaign towards decongestion in order to gauge the perceptions and understand the fears and expectations of the affected populations as well as ensure maximum participation in the process. The CCCM sector and its partners must ensure ownership of the process along with close coordination and guidance from the local government.
As CCCM partners continue to scale up the delivery of activities in Camps and Camp-like settings, they will continue advocacy and mobilization to bridge the gaps raised by partners. The sector will also conduct more field visits in an effort to swiftly support partners in every way possible, ranging from flagging issues from camp level to sector and Inter-Sectoral Working Group (ISWG) levels.
In view of improving the sub-sector coordination in Adamawa and Yobe states, a visit is planned for the coming weeks to improve coordination and aid delivery.