NHRC/MDAS BRAINSTORM ON COMMON GROUNDS FOR PROTECTION OF IDPS.

Posted: 2017-07-10


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of governments of Taraba, Benue and Bauchi states have convened in Jos Plateau State to seek common grounds for the protection of IDPs in the North East.

At a two day training put together by the (NHRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), participants shared experiences on their various roles in providing protection and humanitarian assistance to IDPs and Returnees.

High point of the training was the importance of handling cases referred to them with dispatch with a view to alleviating the plight of the population of concern.

The MDAs which constituted the Protection Sector Working Group (PSWG) were encouraged to have a platform at which they meet regularly with a view to acquainting themselves with the various problems affecting the IDPs and how to appropriately respond to them.

Earlier in her address, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah encouraged participants to seize the opportunity of the training to build their capacity in providing rapid response in the area of protection and humanitarian assistance to the population of concern.

While pledging their commitments to step down the training at their various organizations, participants called for more proactive measures on child protection especially in the areas mostly affected by insurgency, as it is key to eradicating violent crises both now and in the future.

The project coordinator who is also the NHRC Director of Monitoring Department, Tony Ojukwu Esq, pledged the total support of the Commission to the MDAs whenever the need arose, adding that the statutory mandate of the commission is the promotion, protection and enforcement of the rights of everyone living in Nigeria including the IDPs and other populations of concern.


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