The Mayor of Tikrit, Omar Tariq Ismail, says he is proud of the progress his city has made in the past seven months following liberation from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “With the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the people of Tikrit have reestablished the essential services for our community. With water stations and electrical grids repaired and police stations, healthcare centres and schools rebuilt, people can now restart their lives.”
The Mayor was a major part of the operation to retake Tikrit, and he reentered the city just after ISIL was pushed out.
“Water, electricity and healthcare were the first services that had to be restored. Following that we needed to provide livelihoods for people,” Ismail stated. He credits UNDP’s Cash for Work programme as instrumental. “Through those programmes, we were able to clean up our community, provide income for the youth and keep them occupied with productive activities,” the Mayor commented.
Stabilization support through FFIS has been provided in Tikrit, where 90 percent of families have returned to their homes and are rebuilding their lives. Nearly 65,000 people are now receiving safe drinking water from three rehabilitated water pumping stations and treatment plants; 30,000 people are accessing rehabilitated primary health care centres and using ambulance services; and 43,200 people have better electricity supply and expanded coverage.
New initiatives are underway in liberated areas of Salah al-Din, Diyala, Ninewah and Anbar. All activities are implemented based on the Government’s assessed priorities.
Since its establishment in June 2015, UNDP’s FFIS has been channelling fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation in newly liberated areas in Iraq.
Source: United Nations Development Program Iraq Website