The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has launched the national policy on Internally Displaced Persons ,IDPs, as a framework for national responsibility on prevention and protection of citizens from internal displacement.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, launched the policy at the event of the first Humanitarian Open House themed,”Coordination for Durable Humanitarian Solutions; the Journey so far” held Tuesday in Abuja and organized by the strategic communication unit of the ministry.
H.M Sadiya Farouq while delivering her speech maintained that the “Open House” was necessitated by the compelling need to keep stakeholders and partners, including the media, fully abreast with the Ministry’s programmes and activities.
She continued that it is imperative to allow for accurate, consistent and sustained information dissemination of the mandate, vision, policy direction, activities, interventions and their huge impact on the lives and livelihood all Nigerians and others.
The Minister launched the National Policy on IDPs, which she said is aimed at addressing incidences of internal displacement, which include meeting their assistance and protection needs, among others.
The policy spells out principles guiding humanitarian assistance and implementation of durable solutions in situations of internal displacement in Nigeria.
“Today is a day specifically set aside for the Ministry to engage with the media, strategic partners and stakeholders and offer them the opportunity to ask questions, get clarity and offer useful suggestions by way of their desired feedback.
“The Open House will encourage a nexus for discussion and interchange of ideas to enable the media practitioners report from an informed position, as well as provide stakeholders and partners first-hand information they can share and disseminate across their various platforms.
“Through this programme, we hope to provide a more engaging platform for the Ministry to lead the way through improved connectivity, enable more synergy and cooperation between and amongst stakeholders to support and empower more people, create more possibilities, provide access to more solutions, make things happen faster, and support the growing ranks of people of concern to access more interventions.
“As an integral part of this Open House, the Humanitarian Hub has been created as a veritable platform for the Ministry, its Agencies, partners and stakeholders to directly engage and connect with visitors, the media and other key partners and stakeholders.
“Beyond the robust engagement and information sharing the Humanitarian Hub will offer, it is equally expected to provide an opportunity for networking and sharing global best practices that will encourage the formation of enduring partnerships, improve collaborations and result in more impact and solutions for humanitarian challenges and social protection in Nigeria” H.M Sadiya said
“Today, I am also launching to the world the National Policy on IDP, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in September 2021. As you are aware, the process of developing and adoption of the policy commenced in 2001, and within this period, the initial draft of the policy has been reviewed severally to reflect new realities and emerging trends in the humanitarian space in Nigeria.
“This policy aims to provide a framework for national responsibility towards prevention and protection of citizens and, in some cases, non-citizens, from incidences of arbitrary and other forms of internal displacement, meet their assistance and protection needs during displacement, and ensure their rehabilitation, return, reintegration and relocation after displacement.
She continued that
“The policy spells out principles guiding humanitarian assistance and implementation of durable solutions in situations of internal displacement in Nigeria, and has adopted the human rights-based approach and its principles.”