Commission to focus on internally displace persons
The Federal Government has said there are no longer refugees camp in Nigeria, attributing the development to the fact that there was no more war in Liberia or Sierra Leone.
The Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, Hadiza Sani-Kangiwa, announced this in Lagos on Friday, as the commission donated rice, noodles, milk and clothes to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA.
Mrs. Sani-Kangiwa was speaking through her representative, Margaret Ukaegbu, Coordinator of the South West zone of NCFRMI.
She said since refugees were gradually diminishing, government had expanded the mandate of the commission to include Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs,
“There has been a recession since 2008 and the camp in Oru in Ogun had been closed down,” she said.
She explained that the presentation of the items was part of its efforts to improve the emergency status of displaced persons in Lagos state.
Members of Lions Club of Nigeria collaborated with the commission to make the presentation.
Mrs. Sani-Kangiwa promised that the zone would assist states, especially Lagos, whenever the commission was called upon.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, Aderemi Desalu, who received the items, said it was touchy when people showed compassion on children.
Mr. Desalu urged people not to turn a blind eye to the problem of others and not to hesitate in showing kindness when it was within their power to do so.
He added that the situation of IDPs was unpredictable and the idea was to be ready to react.
He commended the commission’s idea to have an agency or body that looked at internally displaced people because it was a critical part of the society.