The Minister of Local Government in the Government of National Unity (GNU), Badr Al-Deen Al-Toumi, stressed the importance of seeking assistance from international partners in the reconstruction process of the city of Derna, calling for “the necessity of having a solid plan for the reconstruction of the city.” 

Al-Toumi also highlighted the necessity of subjecting implementation work to an oversight committee to ensure adherence to specifications and sound execution of the plan.

His remarks came during discussions - in his capacity as head of the government emergency team - with the Deputy UN Envoy and Humanitarian Coordinator, Georgette Gagnon, on Tuesday, when they reviewed the executive steps in the recovery and reconstruction operations of the city of Derna, and efforts to build peace and normal living conditions in Murzuq.

According to the GUN statement, the Deputy UN Envoy expressed her appreciation for the efforts made by the government in dealing with the crisis in Derna, stressing the UN commitment to providing the necessary support and assistance to the government in the recovery and reconstruction processes in Derna and the return of the displaced, and building peace in Murzuq.

Al-Toumi expressed his appreciation for the international support with regard to conducting a full assessment of the damage in Derna, stressing that work is currently underway to carry out urgent maintenance for the partially damaged homes in Murzuq and to rehabilitate the electricity, water and sanitation networks as well as other work that will contribute to achieving a safe and comfortable return for the displaced.