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UNHCR urges Nigeria to tackle issues of Internally Displaced Persons
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By Theo Adegoke
July 8, 2015 20:12:30pm GMT      |      Views: 2197
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WorldStage Newsonline-- The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has challenged the Federal Government of Nigeria to tackle the issues of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)  with all the seriousness it deserves.

Speaking at a post IDP conference meeting in Abuja, the UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Angele Dikongue-Atangana said Nigerians should also examine the various issues that causes forced displacement and tackle it.

"The commission  will continue to support the sensitization and advocacy mission in Nigeria and the country’s commendable response to internal displacement, which we hope will highlight some best practices that could serve as a model to other ECOWAS countries who are yet to embark on domestication process,” she said.

She stated that Nigeria has been a pioneer in the IDP- related fora as the first conference on the  issue which wass  held in Abuja in 2006 entered into  discussions that subsequently led to the drafting and adoption of the Kampala Convention  in October 2009.

The Federal Commissioner for the National Commission for Refugees, migrants and Internally displaced persons, NCFRMI,  Hadiza Sanni Kangiwa who also spoke at the session said  the FG  will soon adopt a fresh policy that will cater for the rehabilitation and re-integration of IDPs  in the country.

She said the policy will ensure the  prevention and protection of Nigerians and even non Nigerians from incidences of displacement and ensure their rehabilitation, resettlement, return or reintegration after displacement.

She explained that the commission in 2012 organized a high level meeting with relevant stakeholders in the area of protection, care and maintenance of internally displaced persons.

According to her, the result of the summit was the birth of draft National Policy on internal displacement that outlined the rights and obligation of IDPs, the responsibilities of government, humanitarian agencies, host communities and armed groups in a humanitarian crisis.

“The draft policy drew consultation from several relevant national agencies, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs, CSOs and members of the academia and was validated by the meeting in July 2012,” she said.

Kangiwa also assured that the government of Nigeria will continue to be committed to the principles of international protection towards IDPs, Refugees, Asylum seekers, stateless persons and indeed all persons in need of protection.

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