19 February 2016

Nigeria: FG to UN - Help Us Resettle IDPs

The Federal Government has urged the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to help in resettling and rehabilitating the internally displaced persons.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the call at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja Friday while meeting with a delegation of the UNHCR led by Assistant High Commissioner Mr Volker Turk,

"We're looking forward to much more assistance from the UNHCR. We urge the UNHCR to work with us as closely as possible on the resettlement and rehabilitation of IDPs", Osinbajo stated..

President Muhammadu Buhari had said earlier this week said that over two million persons had been displaced by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

Osinbajo said described the situation of the IDPs as an enormous challenge, acknowledging that the UNHCR "is peculiarly equipped to deal with this kind of situation".

He said though the federal government was committed to the recovery and rehabilitation of the northeast, the continued support of the UN was required in this regard.

He said despite the current economic challenges, the Federal Government was determined to "restore the infrastructure, de-mine farmlands and make the affected communities safe and habitable again".

According to the vice president, although the insurgents still create a sense of fear, "many Nigerians are aware and are doing their bit to accommodate the IDPs.

Osinbajo commended Nigerians in the northeast for accommodating internally displaced victims of the insurgency in their homes and communities.

Earlier, Turk had told Osinbajo that the UNHCR intended to support and assist the Nigerian government on how to create the space for IDPs' return to their communities with safety, dignity and sustainability.


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