A former Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons says those affected by the insurgency must transit from being dependents on donations and start living a meaningful life by acquiring skills.
Hadiza Sani Kangiwa stated this at the graduation and empowerment ceremony of the IDPs, organised by the Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women in Durumi, Abuja.
Mrs Kangiwa, who thanked the coalition for giving the IDPs the gift of self reliance said “each of you (IDPs) is testimony that we must always have hope and we must never give up that hope when faced with difficulty and I believe that your journey to reclaim your independence has already begun. You are now masters and mistresses of your own success and I have every confidence that you will do great things for yourselves, your community and your country.”
She suggested the best support that could be given was to encourage independence.
“I really think the government is trying it best but my biggest call is that, the government should make sure that it moves away from this petty assistance and follow the footsteps of these NGOs and Muslim women organization by giving people livelihood and income generation activities and to encourage their return so that people are independent. But feeding people from hand to mouth is not the way forward because it creates dependency and it cannot be sustained.”
Vice president of Muslim Women in Da’awa, who also is the coordinator of the skill acquisition and empowerment program, Rahamatu Sani, said “if NGOs can come and contribute a little, I feel that the government has more right to do so. We are calling on the government to do what they are supposed to do because we are only complementing their effort. We also call on the general community to be their brother’s keeper because it is only when this people are happy and contented before we can be at peace. Without that, we cannot be at peace.”
One of the beneficiaries Nafisa Muhammed who spoke with Voice Of Nigeria said “I thank the coalition for helping me because they gave me a sewing machine and they taught me how to sew and how to do other things. I will use what I learned to help my mother and my siblings because my father is no more.”
Over two hundred IDPs in Durumi and Karmajiji camps benefited from the skill acquisition program and more than one hundred were empowered in different skills by the Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women.