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NHRC TASKS BORNO STATE GOVERNMENT ON PROTECTION OF IDPs

Posted: 2018-11-01


The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq has called on the Borno State government to intensity more efforts in protecting the rights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the State.

Mr. Ojukwu made the call at a two day interface with MDAs and other Stakeholders with protection mandate. The event was organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) in Maiduguri.

Ojukwu who acknowledged the efforts of the state government in providing the needs of the IDPs said "we are pleased with the efforts of the state government for the IDPs especially considering the facts that some of them originate from other states but are nevertheless citizens of Nigeria. We applaud your sense of generosity and hospitality in Borno State".

The Executive Secretary however said it has become necessary for the government of Borno State to do more in the area of protecting the IDPs considering their vulnerable nature.

He lamented that the situation they find themselves has contributed in exposing them to all manners of human rights violations especially sexual violence.

"We are calling on the appropriate authorities to end the menace and danger of sexual and gender based violence" he said.

Mr. Ojukwu further stressed the need for the state government to continue to improve funding of humanitarian activities as well as improvement in infrastructure and provision of farm lands for the IDPs.

Ms Hida Ochuowoyo UNHCR Country representative in Maiduguri said the UNHCR is ever committed in ensuring the protection of this population of concern.

Participants at the interface were drawn from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Development Partners, Ministries of Justice, Education, Health, Agriculture, Water Resources and the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement including the Borno State Emergency Agency.

They all pledged their readiness and support towards enhancing governments effort in protecting the rights of IDPs in the State.


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