Ambulances and Garbage trucks delivered to town in Libya’s deep south

Jan 17, 2017

The people of Obari received two ambulances and a garbage collecting truck, heralding the start of several rehabilitation projects that will improve the infrastructure for this oasis town located deeply in southwestern Libya.

Obari, which is about a 1,000 kilometres south of Tripoli the capital and has a population of about 15,000 people, has suffered a collapse in services due to the fighting and ears’ long neglect which have weakened key sectors such as health and education.

The other projects include rebuilding and refurbishing schools, the women’s and youth centres, the public market and the main hospital which services neighbouring southern towns.

 “Libya is a considerably big country and we are particularly happy to reach and help citizens who are located so far away from the capital and the main cities with the projects they really need,” said Noura Hamladji, the United Nations Development Programme Country Director for Libya.

 “The projects in Obari will be a major shift for its citizens and we hope they can enjoy improved services,” said Essam Garbaa, who heads the technical cooperation department in the Ministry of Planning, at the signing ceremony.

Attending the ceremony were: Obari Mayor Taher Mohammed, Director of Obari Hospital Mansour Jundi, Head of the Tribal Committee Ahmed Sattouk, Head of Stabilization Unit at the municipality Khalifa Abdel-Hafid and Ali Saleh of Obari’s local council.

The rehabilitation projects are part of efforts by the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL), an initiative by the Presidential Council to provide quick upgrading of critical

infrastructure, boosting the capacity of municipalities and strengthening the links between the Government of National Accord and local authorities.

The UNDP implements the SFL projects with support from the international community to advance a strong post-war Libya.

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