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FG launches policy to ensure protection of displaced and vulnerable citizens

The federal government on Tuesday launched the National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to protect and help vulnerable people lift themselves out of poverty.

Speaking shortly before the launch, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the policy was intended to provide a framework for national responsibility for prevention and protection of citizens and, in some cases, non-citizens, against “cases of arbitrary and other forms of internal displacement, meeting their needs for assistance and protection during displacement, and ensuring their rehabilitation, return, their reintegration and relocation after displacement”.

She said that “the policy sets out the principles guiding humanitarian assistance and the implementation of durable solutions in situations of internal displacement in Nigeria and has embraced the human rights-based approach and its principles.”

In his presentation, Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), said that the main mandate and obligation of the authorities is to ensure the protection and assistance to IDPs, other vulnerable people through the endorsement of this IDP policy by the federal government, adding that the policy is a demonstration of political will aimed at providing a lasting solution and alleviating the plight of all internally displaced people.

She said: “The policy launch has provided a real forum for increased awareness that will ensure common goals and cardinal confidence in the IDP policy document among key stakeholders.

She noted that the inaugurated national task force will oversee the process of domestication, implementation and monitoring of the policy in a coordinated manner for the benefit of all the more than two million IDPs spread across the country.

She also explained that the launch of the policy will further help position President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of securing the nation by diversifying the economy and lifting 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years.