Federal government to address challenges affecting IDPs

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The National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, in Nigeria says it will continue to protect and promote the dignity of IDPs through material and financial interventions.

The Federal High Commissioner, Sadiya Faruq said this while presenting some relief materials to the IDPs in Durumi camp, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory,on Friday.

She said that the Commission remains committed to keying into the recovery plans for the North-east as envisioned by the present administration.

“The provision of these materials today therefore signifies only the start of our interventions because we are ramping up our activities in 2017 to focus heavily on economic empowerment, based on our assessment, knowledge gained from our pilot projects that we implanted across the North-east and our consultations with stakeholders including the affected individuals,” she said.

Hajia Sadiya noted that Economic Empowerment is an important tool that can be used to bring an end to internal displacement hence the need to be made available to people who need it.

“We at the NCRFMI will continue to provide opportunities that will promote dignity and self reliance because we believe that empowered persons can become agents of their own durable solutions” she further said.

According to her, the Commission will make sure that its activities take into consideration, the serious protection issues faced by vulnerable groups such as women, children, disabled persons and the aged by offering specialised psychosocial interventions such as psychotherapy, counselling and improved access to social services and amenities for its concerned population.

“The Commission also seeks to strengthen its role as a coordinating agency for durable solutions and so it is looking forward to developing solid partnership with all stakeholders involved in the efforts to resolve this crisis,” she added.

The Federal High Commissioner had previously distributed some relief materials to assylum seekers and refugees in one of the camps in Nyanya Gwandara of Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, North-central Nigeria.

Some of the relief materials include school materials, assorted food stuffs, mattresses, clothing  and drug commodities.