The Federal Executive Council announced the approval of a new National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, in a meeting with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
What the Minister said
“Today at Council, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development presented a memo for the approval of a draft national policy on Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria.
“I must say that today is a great day for the ministry and the government because this administration has reached another milestone for the purpose of internally displaced persons.
“The National Policy on Internal Displacements provides a platform for all relevant actors in the humanitarian and development space to key in and contribute towards a common goal,” she said.
She added that the goal of the policy is to boost the institutional framework the enables the rights and wellbeing of IDP’s through impact assessment and solutions for internally displaced people.
“A multi-sectorial structure will fully emerge, which will ensure a coordinated, operational and strategic response to all the humanitarian challenges our great nation is facing,” she said.
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Recall Nairametrics reported last month that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Kuchigoro Camp, Abuja have urged the Federal Government to implement a rehabilitation scheme for them like it did for repentant Boko Haram members and Niger Delta militants.
“We are law-abiding citizens of the country who don’t want to cause any harm on anyone. And the people that put us in this condition are being rehabilitated, trained in skill acquisition and after that they are empowered.
“Those of them that want to go to school are being given scholarships to go to school, but what about their victims that are dropping out of school because of the condition they found themselves in?
“We are begging the federal government to also rehabilitate IDPs, provide them with skill acquisition opportunities and scholarships to make their lives better like the ex-Boko Haram members and Niger Delta militants,” they said.