FG To Launch Intervention For IDPs

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Federal Government has said it would unveil a National Integrated framework for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in September this year.

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this during the commemoration of the 2017 World Refugees Day on Tuesday in Abuja.

Represented by Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Osinbajo said that the framework would integrate appropriate interventions through effective utilization of data, research and planning for the return, resettlement, rehabilitation and reintegration of all persons of concerns

He said that the new approach would be a shift from relief dependent measures to real and measurable durable solution strategies.

He added that the National Integrated Strategic Framework of intervention is a demonstration of commitments of the Nigerian government towards more responsive, radical and creative approach to providing durable solutions for displaced persons.

“Our responsibility is to provide a more coordinated and harmonized approach to the Nigerian Humanitarian environment that guarantees that future which they hope for because no one becomes seeks refuge of becomes displaced by choice.

“Working with all key humanitarian stakeholders, the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and IDPs shall unveil a National Integrated Strategic Framework for Intervention for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs within the next three months.

“I wish to express my gratitude to the government of Cameroon, Chad and Niger who hosted and are still hosting Nigerian refugees at the time the insurgents were ravaging.

“This show of solidarity is what we need to survive and confront whatever challenges that we encounter both as a region and as individual nations,’’ Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo said that Nigeria was committed to the smooth implementation of the tripartite agreement with Cameroon and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon.

He appreciated UNHCR, other UN agencies, International and Civil Society Organisations for their support and the Military for a successful operation which has contributed to the willingness of displaced persons to return home.

In her remarks, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI said that the World Refugee day is set aside to reflect on the challenges faced by the displaced and how to help to positively shape their future

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