Reps de­cry con­di­tion of IDPs in N/East

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Committee on Internally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs), Refugees and Ini­tia­tives in the North-east has ex­pressed con­cern over the ap­palling con­di­tion and mal­nour­ish­ment among IDPs in the re­gion.

The committee chaired by Rep Mo­hammed Sani Zorro (APC, Ji­gawa) said yes­ter­day that there was rapid de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion.

Zorro, in a state­ment, said: “The present chaos in the field can be trace­able to the ab­sence of con­cur­rent plan(s) to re­spond to to­day’s in­ter­nal dis­place­ment chal­lenges trig­gered by in­ten­si­fied mil­i­tary cam­paign aimed at de­feat­ing Boko Haram in­sur­gency.”

The state­ment said for “in­ex­pli­ca­ble” rea­sons, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had failed to em­brace best global pol­icy prac­tices that would have helped sig­nif­i­cantly in at­tract­ing the com­mit­ment of gen­uine donor or­ga­ni­za­tions and hu­man­i­tar­ian agen­cies.

“The sit­u­a­tion has been ag­gra­vated fur­ther by the re­fusal of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to adopt and op­er­a­tional­ize the well ar­tic­u­lated na­tional pol­icy on internally dis­placed per­sons (IDPs), de­vel­oped and up­dated over the years”, it added.

To con­tain the sit­u­a­tion, the committee said the gov­ern­ment should im­me­di­ately ap­point a “re­spon­si­ble, con­ver­sant and com­mit­ted com­mis­sioner” and chief ex­ec­u­tive for the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Refugees (NCR).

The com­mis­sioner, the committee added, should be able to de­velop ca­pac­i­ties and re­po­si­tion the com­mis­sion such that it could de­liver on all man­dates spec­i­fied in the Geneva Con­ven­tion and the ad­di­tional pro­to­col gov­ern­ing treat­ment of refugees and IDPs.

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