Dog­ara: North­east IDPs num­ber hits 5m

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The num­ber of Nige­ri­ans dis­placed in the north­east re­gion has reached the 5 mil­lion mark, speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara has said.

As such, the speaker said, the House is look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up a stand­ing com­mit­tee for IDPs, whose main pre­oc­cu­pa­tion is to cater for the dis­placed Nige­ri­ans.

The speaker said this yesterday when he re­ceived the head of the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sion for Refugees, Ms. An­gel Dekonge An­tan­gara in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Dog­ara’s rev­e­la­tion con­tra­dicts the ear­lier fig­ures of 2.1 mil­lion IDPs num­ber, the fig­ure which the speaker him­self re­futed.

“As an in­di­gene of the North East, it is safe to say the num­ber of IDPs in Nige­ria can be up to 5 Mil­lion. The NHCR deals with symp­toms of ter­ror­ism which is the dis­place­ment,” he said.

He ap­pealed for help from any­where it can be got­ten, even from bod­ies as UNHCR and said: “Ter­ror­ism is global and if not dealt with; it will spill across borders such as the cur­rent refugee cri­sis fac­ing Europe from Syria, Libya, etc.”

The Com­mit­tee on public safety and na­tional in­tel­li­gence will be man­dated to han­dle is­sues re­lat­ing to IDPs for now.

“If they are over­whelmed how­ever; a sub­stan­tive Com­mit­tee for IDPs will be looked into. The House is ready to part­ner with all rel­e­vant bod­ies com­mit­ted to end­ing the evil that pro­duce refugees, IDPs and the events of state­less­ness,” he added.

Ear­lier, Ms. An­tan­gara told the Speaker that the of­fice is pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions both lo­cally and world­wide.

The UNHCR, ac­cord­ing to her, in­ter­venes for peo­ple termed as state­less or border­less and that she is in Nige­ria to look at the MoU UNHCR has with the coun­try.

“I hope Nige­ria will sus­tain its pi­o­neer role in the se­cu­rity and re­set­tle­ment of IDPs as well as Par­lia­men­tary in­put to sen­si­tiz­ing on the right of IDPs as hu­man be­ings,” she stated.

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