National Policy on IDPs underway to solve humanitarian issues

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


The Nigerian Government is planning a National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to solve the humanitarian crisis in the country.

The policy will include, skill acquisition and empowerment programme to support the IDPs for sustenance and economic development.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajia Sadiyya Faruk made the revelation in Abuja, at an interactive session with House of Representatives’ Committee on Internally Displaced Persons.

Hajia Faruk who expressed concern over the situation of the displaced individuals said their rehabilitation and re-integration remained sacrosanct in the mandate of the Ministry.

“The Ministry takes up the issue of rehabilitation and re-integration very serious.

IDPs issue is really an issue that bedeviling this country and all hands must be on deck to see that this issues are address.” The Minister added.

The Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Mahmud Jega, stressed the need for synergy between the stakeholders in the humanitarian service as well as durable and practical solution to the causes of displacement.

Alhaji Jega also reiterated the committee and the House’s commitment to provide legislative solutions that would ease the plight of the displaced individuals.

“The 9th Assembly based on our slogan of “Nation Building; a Joint Task”, will continue to provide legislations that would solve the problem.” The lawmaker stressed.

The Ministry is also organizing a workshop in November to all the relevant stakeholders, comprising security agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian service providers to ensure proper coordination and synergy among them.