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Friday, January 20, 2012

Implement broad reconstruction plan, Oxfam urges Haiti govt

Oxfam has urged the Haiti government to ensure the implementation of broad reconstruction plan.
NaijaAgroNet gathered that about 520,000 people were still living under tarpaulins or in tents, after two years of earthquake as the country's reconstruction process.
Oxfam, an international agency of 15 organizations, in the press release called on Haiti government to execute a comprehensive reconstruction plan in order to rebuild the county and provide shelters for Haitians that are still homeless.
Donors were also urged to disburse the funds that was pledged to the reconstruction effort and international community were also called on to strengthen the government's capacity to effectively coordinate the reconstruction.
Cecilia Millan, Oxfam's country director in Haiti said the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake must be a call to action as Haitians are asking why there has not been more progress in rebuilding the country despite a new government in place and billions of aids dollars pledged.

"Despite the apparent slowness of reconstruction, this remains an opportunity for Haiti's political and economic elite to address the chronic poverty and inequality that has plagued the country since independence. Haiti must move forward not backward," said Millan.
With more than half a million houseless, cholera has claimed thousands of lives and it still remains a major threat to public health as most people do not have access  to doctor, running water and toilet.
NaijaAgroNet gathered that billions of dollars of aid were pledged for Haiti’s reconstruction, but promises of funding haven’t always been translated into money on the ground. According to the UN, as of the end of September 2011, donors had disbursed just 43 per cent of the $4.6 billion that they pledged for reconstruction in 2010 and 2011.
 'Yinka Awosanya
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