From Okwe Obi, Abuja
The federal government and development experts reflected on Thursday on how to alleviate the suffering of internally displaced people).
In February 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of a National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) to oversee all humanitarian actions in the country.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, during the 5th National Humanitarian Coordination Technical Working Group, Abuja, noted that the government will always prioritize the well-being of people displaced.
Umar Farouq explained that the meeting was aimed at allowing experts to provide updates on the national policy on internally displaced persons (IDPs) after approval by the Federal Executive Council on September 1, 2021 and next steps for its implementation.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Nasir Sani Gwarzo, she said: “It is common knowledge that even when humanitarian actions seek to find long-term solutions to violence, persecution and displacement, these efforts have often been ignored and less emphasized. on how these solutions affect or are affected by the general development programs of governments.
“The plan is currently undergoing internal adjustments, after which it will be formally presented for input from harvest members in preparation for the implementation plan.
“You will receive an additional update on the plan during today’s proceedings.
“It is undeniable that there are a number of emerging humanitarian issues that require the attention of the NHCTWG.
“However, given the urgent need to activate a process to bridge the gap in the coordination and management of IDPs, this 5th meeting will focus in particular on updates to the National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons. (PDI) after its approval by the Federal Executive Council on September 1, 2021 and the next steps to be taken guide its implementation.
“It is expected that stakeholders will exchange ideas/views and agree on the most robust methodology for the development of a workable National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of the related policy internally displaced persons”.