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Posted: 2018-04-13

The National Human Rights Commission has observed that serious protection issues still abound particularly in the epic center of insurgency in the north east despite the degrading of insurgents by the military in the region.

The Acting Executive Secretary Mrs. Oti Ovrawah made this observation at the opening session of a three-day training of protection monitors from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states which took place in Yola Adamawa state.

Mrs. Ovrawah who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Director, Protection and Investigation of the Commission Mr. Harry Ogwuche Obe, said that insurgency and counter insurgency have exposed the citizens particularly millions of displaced persons to serious humanitarian and human rights issues. Mr. Obe maintained that although the Commission's report on the human rights and humanitarian situation of those affected by insurgency in the region revealed that degrading insurgency has led to an increase in the number of displaced persons returning to their homes, the humanitarian needs of these people still abound.

He added that the NHRC/UNHCR IDP monitoring project which came into existence in 2015 is determined to finding solutions to these problems with the aim of ameliorating the sufferings of the population of concern and providing assistance to them.

According to the UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Jose Antonio Canhandula, the training exercise is crucial in sustaining the peace that is gradually being experienced in the North East.

A staff of the UNHCR office in Yola, Tejan Mohammed who represented the Country Representative said over 14 million people have been affected by insurgency, adding that "you do not have to be a law enforcement officer to be a protection officer and to uphold the rights of citizens in conflict situation'.

He urged the monitors to take the project seriously as they remain the eyes of the communities, saying effective monitoring and documentation will add a lot of value to the project.

One of the participants from Yobe state, Mr. Habu Fika said the event is timely as it will enhance their capacity as protection monitors aside encouraging them to put in their best in learning new ideas required to accomplish their tasks.

Issues discussed at the training include among other things, principles and guidelines for monitoring, including hostile environment, understanding the duties and responsibilities of monitors, interview techniques etc.

It would be recalled that the project initially started with 10 states in both the North East and North Central and was later reduced to 6 states in the North East including Benue state in the North Central in 2017 and now three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe which were under emergency rule at the onset of Boko Haram insurgency.


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