The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has restated its commitment to address the challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, who stated this on Thursday in Abuja in a statement, urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to take the issue of IDPs more seriously.
The statement was signed by Fatima Agwai the Chief Press Officer of the commission.
It said that Angwe made the remark when the Coordinator and Directors of Kartu Library Foundation, an NGO, led the President and members of Children’s Government of Nigeria to the Commission.
The Executive Secretary, who was represented at the occasion by his Senior Special Assistant, Mr Lambert Oparah, said that the commission had issues of women and children as one of its cardinal thematic areas of focus.
He said that the Commission was partnering with other stakeholders like the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and UNHCR to ensure that victims of terrorism were taken care of.
He commended the president of the Children’s government, Ms. Zainab Mohammed and her Executives for their concern about the condition of IDPs in country.
He appreciated the Foundation and the Executive members of the Children’s government for making him an ambassador of Children’s government.
Angwe assured them of an enduring partnership that would ameliorate the condition of IDPs especially in the North Eastern part of the country.
In his remarks, Mr Patrick Ikpeme, the Coordinator of Kartu Foundation, the NGO piloting the affairs of the Children’s government, noted that there was about 300,000 children in various IDPs camps in Nigeria.
He appealed to families in Nigeria to adopt the children since the camps would one day close.
He expressed concern that over 100 children in some of the camps could not be identified with any name, a situation he said was dangerous to the society.