SOMALIA: AMISOM EMBARKS ON OPERATION TO REHABILITATE HIRSHABELLE STATE ROADS
JOWHAR (Somalia), Burundi's contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has embarked on an operation codenamed 'Antelope' to open up key supply routes in the HirShabelle state, the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) said on Saturday.
"The objective of the operation is to open the roads to facilitate humanitarian access, support the local population to move their crops from farms to markets and assist the military to get access to Forward Operating Bases (FOB) in the sector," said a statement issued by the Commission.
It quoted Sector 5 Commander, Brigadier-General Venuste Nduwayo, saying that the operation which was already underway would see more than 150 kilometres of roads rehabilitated in the agricultural rich HirShabelle region.
These include the Jowhar Airfield to Jowhar Town, Biyo-Adde to Jowhar Town, Mahadaay to Elbaraf, Biyo-Adde to Raga-elle and Raga-elle to Mogadishu among others.
The rehabilitation works began on Dec 1, after the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AUC, Francisco Madeira, visited the President of HirShabelle, Ali Abdullahi Osoble, to discuss matters of security and infrastructure.
During the visit, Madeira promised to support efforts by the regional President to develop local infrastructure.
According to the statement, rehabilitation of the roads in the newest federal state in Somalia is expected to take at least three months with the support of United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK