FG Donates Relief Materials to Victims of Southern Kaduna Attacks

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has donated relief materials worth several millions of Naira to over 3,000 victims of the frequent attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State.

At the symbolic presentation of the relief materials to representatives of the victims, the Commissioner (NCRMIDP), Sadiya Farouq, said the gesture was to cushion the suffering of the victims who were displaced from their homes during the attacks.

“The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has the responsibility of ensuring that durable solutions are found for persons and communities who have been displaced by conflict, man-made and natural disasters.

“The provision of relief materials today does not reflect the totality of our interventions, neither does it represent what we hope to achieve. Rather, it is a means for us to demonstrate to you that we empathize with the plight of affected populations and to assure you all that we are very committed to our responsibilities”.

Items donated included mattresses, bags of rice, grains, cartons of noodles, oil, blankets among others.

Meanwhile, as normalcy gradually returns to the troubled areas, the commission has also announced plans to close all Internally Displaced People Camps as soon as possible and ensure the safe return of the IDP’s to their ancestral homes.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that encampment of people is brought to an end. We are aware that encampment is necessary, though a temporary solution in emergency situations.

“However, we believe that Kaduna state is gradually but most assuredly approaching its post-conflict and recovery stage. We will therefore strive to see that displaced persons are either returned home or resettled and actively integrated into communities in safety, dignity and with unimpeded, access to basic social amenities such as healthcare, adequate shelter, education, means of livelihood, justice and security”.

The Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Ezekiel Baba-Karik and representatives of the victims commended the Federal Government for the gesture and gave the assurance that they would use the items judicously.

Commission Visits Victims Of Ile-Ife Crisis

Victims of the ethnic clash that occurred in the Sabo area of Ile Ife, Osun state, are still counting their losses over the violence that wreaked havoc in their area.

They have appealed to the government to assist them by providing shelters for those displaced.

The residents made the plea when a team from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons visited the community.

A member of the team, speaking to Channels Television, said the commission believes that whenever there is a crisis, the first thing to do is to ensure that the victims are at least able to eat.

According to her, that provides immediate succor for the victims.

Wife of Ooni of Ife

Meanwhile, the wife of the Ooni of Ife, who also accompanied the team, appealed to the community to embrace peace.

“We continue to ask for peace because that is the only way we can move forward. we cannot pay back hurt with hurt and it is important that we all remember that we are one and in unity, that is the only way we can progress,” she noted.

NCFRMI Flags Off Humanitarian Support Programme For IDP’s

NCFRMI Flags Off Humanitarian Support Programme For IDP'sThe National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), has flagged off a humanitarian support Programme to the IDP’s in Yobe state, north east Nigeria.

The Federal Commissioner for the NCFRMI, Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouck, while flagging off the programme in Damaturu the state capital, said the first phase would include supply of both food and non-food items to the IDP’s in the affected area.

The commission according to her, would in the second phase take on durable solutions that would make the return of the IDP’s a memorable one.

“We are here to flag off the first phase humanitarian support program for the Internally Displaced Persons and subsequently we are going to focus on the durable solutions to those displaced persons, who are ready to go home because their communities have been declared safe by security agents.

“We are going to do that with your support and partnership, considering the fact that you have done so much to bring succor to these our brothers and sisters and we commend you very much for the good work you are doing to ensure normalcy returns to our trouble areas.

“We look forward to a very fruitful working relationship” the commissioner told the state government.

The state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by his Deputy and chairman of the rehabilitation, reconstruction and relocation of IDPs in the state, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, called for more assistance to the remaining IDP’s still taking refuge at the Pompomari camp in Damaturu the state capital.

NCFRMI Flags Off Humanitarian Support Programme For IDP's

He revealed that at the moment, 2,500 IDP’s are taking refuge at the Damaturu official camp, as many more have returned to their ancestral homes, sequel to the return of peace in some affected areas.

According to him, the need for more assistance to the IDP’s has become necessary as all those at the camp as well as returnees, have not engaged themselves in meaningful means of livelihood for several years.

Mr Aliyu, however said that the Yobe state Government had carried out lots of reconstruction and rehabilitation works to improve the lives of the IDP’s.

He expressed appreciation to some
philanthropists, NGO’s and other spirited individuals for the untiring support to the displaced.

“While expressing our appreciation for the support received from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, the flagging off of the distribution of the relief materials to the IDP’s by the commission should therefore be viewed as part of another giant stride in our multi-dimensional approach to providing succor to the teaming IDP’s.

“I wish to inform the federal commissioner that though various forms of assistance was received in favour of the IDPs in the state, considering the seriousness of the humanitarian crisis which is the second most hit after Borno state, we still need intervention in the form of additional food and essential non-food items, provision of building materials and cash support, to enable our traumatized people reconstruct and rehabilitate their house.

“The state government will also require support in the great and monumental task of reconstructing the destroyed public and private structures” the governor said.

IDPs In Yobe Get Humanitarian Support

IDPs, Yobe State, RiceThe National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has flag off humanitarian support Programme to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe State, north east Nigeria.

The Federal Commissioner of the agency, Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouck, flagged off the programme in Damaturu the state’s capital on Wednesday.

She says the first phase will include supply of both food and non-food items to the IDPs in the affected area.

The supply is coming at a time that UN agencies have raised concerns over severe cases of malnutrition in the region triggered by insurgency that has left the northeast region devastated.

UNICEF said getting ‘nutritious food’ items to the region had been hampered by activities of Boko Haram terrorists and even counter-terrorism operations in the area.

In the last few weeks, however, the IDPs in Damaturu have continue to receive assistance of food and non-food items from philanthropies, government, non-governmental organisations and spirited individuals across the country and beyond.

This time it is the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs that have brought succour to the displaced.

While kick-starting the distribution of the relief materials to the IDPs at the Pompomari Camp in Damaturu, Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouck, said that the first phase would be distribution of food and non-food items while the second phase would focus on durable solutions that would make the return of the IDPS a memorable one.

The state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by his Deputy and Chairman of the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Relocation of IDPs in the state, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, called for more assistance to the remaining IDPs still taking refuge at the Pompomari Camp.

He revealed that 2,500 IDPs were currently taking refuge at the Damaturu official camp, as many more have returned to their ancestral homes sequel to the return of peace in some affected areas.

“The need for more assistance to the IDPs became necessary, as all those at the camp and the returnees have not engaged themselves in meaningful means of livelihood for several years.

“The Yobe State Government has carried out lots of reconstruction and rehabilitation works to improve the lives of the IDPs and we appreciate the efforts of the government, philanthropists, NGOs and other spirited individuals for the untiring support to the displaced,” he told the gathering.

Assistance received from the various philanthropists have been shared to the IDPs in the official camp in Damaturu and to those who have returned to their ancestral homes.

The idea is to support them as they strive to lay a foundation for their means of livelihood that had been taken away by over seven years of insurgency in the region.

Over two million persons have been displaced in the region while over six million are in dire need of humanitarian aid, as the northeast region had been cut out of food supplies in the heat of insurgency.

Boko Haram, a terrorists group, had, within the last seven years, pushed for the establishment of an Islamic state and an end to Western education in the region.

Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

FG Announces Plans To Fashion Out National Migration Policy

KibativillagersThe rights of migrants and internally displace persons will no longer be taken lightly as the Federal Government has announced plans to fashion out a National Migration Policy.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mrs Hadiza Kangiwa, said the concept of mainstreaming migration into national development planning has been recognized as an efficient policy that will maximize the benefit of migration.

She expressed concerns about the plight of over 700, 000 IDPs in Nigeria due to the activities of insurgents in the north east.