UN urges Nige­ria to pass IDP law

Weekly Trust - - News - Ab­bas Ji­moh

The United Na­tions High Com­mis­sion for Refugees (UNHCR), has urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to fast track the pas­sage of the Na­tional Pol­icy on In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs), to tackle chal­lenges fac­ing dis­placed per­sons es­pe­cially in the North-East.

The Deputy Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the UNHCR in Nige­ria, Brid­get Eno, made the plea yes­ter­day in Abuja at a stake­holder’s meet­ing to re­view the pol­icy or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Refugees, Mi­grants and In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons, (NCFRMI).

She said since the Kam­pala Con­ven­tion which Nige­ria rat­i­fied, there have been se­ries of ad­vo­cacy to en­sure the do­mes­ti­ca­tion of the pact.

The Fed­eral Com­mis­sioner of NCFRMI, Ha­jiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, said pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance and pro­tect­ing the IDPs has been dif­fi­cult for gov­ern­ment and non­govern­ment ac­tors due to the lack of co­her­ent frame­work that has dras­ti­cally im­peded their abil­ity to act as ex­pected.

She said that the pas­sage of the law will among oth­ers en­sure that durable so­lu­tions are pro­vided for sur­vivors to en­sure that they are re­ha­bil­i­tated and re­set­tled.

The Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen. Tukur Bu­ratai rep­re­sented by the Chief of Civil-Mil­i­tary Affairs, Army Head­quar­ters, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Peter Bo­jie, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Civil So­ci­ety Leg­isla­tive Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre (CISLAC) Auwal Musa Raf­san­jani and the Le­gal Of­fice of the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross Is­abel Robin­son among oth­ers stressed the im­por­tance of pass­ing the pol­icy into law in the in­ter­est of the IDPs and the coun­try.

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