The Nigerian Red Cross Society with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC, has constructed blocks of toilet for the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs at Kona Primary School in Jalingo LGA of Taraba state.
The WASH Coordinator, Mr. Hayatuddeen Muhammad Bashir who disclosed to newsmen in Jalingo also informed that the Red Cross has built another 2blocks of toilet for the Kona community and additional 2blocks for the Kona primary school where the IDPs are currently seeking refuge in the LGA.
He noted that the Kona community would not forget in a hurry, the role that the Red Cross played in restoring peace between members of the community and the IDPs at the Kona primary school.
According to the WASH Coordinator, the konans had have this age long practice of not building toilets within their houses, so when the Red Cross with intervention of ICRC built blocks of toilets for the IDPs at the primary school in the area, the Kona community then saw the need and the usefulness of the toilets.
However, Bashir maintained that issues began to spring between the IDPs and the community, as the IDPs accused the community of not maintaining the toilets by messing up without cleaning.
“This caused constant frictions and the Red Cross haven engaged the community, they spring up that they do not have toilets in their houses”. He added.
The community as well as the IDPs, appreciated the gesture by the humanitarian aid organization and promised to make good use of the structures put in place for their benefits.