Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe has called on all states hosting internally displaced persons, IDPs, either in camps or in communities ,to ensure that their rights are protected and not violated in any form.
He said this yesterday in Abuja at a stakeholders’ meeting on the assessment of the state of the IDPs in Nigeria, held in collaboration with the National Emergency Management agency, NEMA.
In a welcome address, Prof. Angwe explained that the meeting was important as it marked the commencement of stock taking by the Commission, to assess the state of the IDPs and ensure that every IDP’s right is respected.
While noting that the IDPs’ rights are being violated in the camps owing to lack of formal education and quality health care, the executive secretary also lamented the fact that most of the state governments are not rising to the occasion of taking care of the IDPs in their states. He further added that any form of negligence on the part of state government will not be taken lightly.
Also speaking, chairman of the House Committee on Human Rights, Hon. Edward Pwajok and his counterpart on IDPs, Refugees and North East Initiative, Hon. Muhammed Sani, opined that more efforts were needed to strengthen states and local government emergency management agencies as it will go a long way in helping to alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs.
They said that the IDPs are populated more with young people who are the work force of the nation, adding that if efforts are not doubled to protect their rights and give them good life, they could be a threat to the security of the country in the future.
In addition, Director of Rehabilitation, NEMA, Alhaji Aliyu Sambo, while speaking on behalf of the Director General, noted that the agency has risen to the occasion, adding that the major challenge they have is identifying the real insurgency IDPs as a lot of people are taking advantage of the situation to migrate to the city centre. He further added that the federal government is ready to work with development partners to give the IDPs a better life.

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