UN advocates coordinated approach to address Nigeria’s IDP situation

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The United Nations has advocated a comprehensive and coordinated approach to be adopted to address the problems of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Professor Chaloka Beyani made the call at a meeting with members of the House of Representatives Committee on IDPs and Northeast Initiative in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said the Nigerian government must also put together, a policy on Internally Displaced Persons to proactively address the numerous challenges facing the IDPs.

“Resettlements and rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons who are traumatised and destabilised across the country must be the priority in your actions,” Beyani stressed.

In his response, the Chairman of the House Committee, Mohammed Sani Zorro, told the UN official that they had visited some of the IDPs’ camps in the northeast and that the National Assembly is working towards domesticating the Kampala Declaration and many other policies to mitigate the problems faced by the IDPs.

Zorro said “The Federal Government had put together several interventions to address the horrifying plight of the IDPs in Nigeria. We are working on a National Policy that will holistically ease the IDPs conditions.”

Members during the interaction identified some of the factors that led to the problems at the IDP camps and pledged to work with other arms of government to address them.

United Nations Special Rapporteur’s visit is to examine the situation and human rights of internally displaced persons in the country.

The United Nations puts the number of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria at 2.2 million out of which 2.152 million people are displaced mostly from conflict in the northeast region.