The federal government has unveiled plans to address urgent security threats posed by explosive remnants in the Northeast region.
This was announced by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, in Abuja during the flagging out of the first Management Retreat, 2022, with the theme: ‘Strengthening social inclusion for a better standard of living for Nigerians.’
While expressing concern about the impact of insecurity in the country, she noted that in the Northeast region alone, about 7.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, while a total of about 1.8 million people are internally displaced as a result. disasters, conflicts, insurrections and terrorism.
She said: “Climate change is also a contributing factor to the humanitarian situation, worsening floods and droughts that are depleting agricultural land in the country.
“In addressing this situation, the Ministry has developed policies and plans that positively impact the victims of these crises and alleviate their conditions in line with the vision and commitment of President Muhammed Buhari’s government.
“Let me dwell on one of the key points related to internally displaced persons (IDPs). The National Displaced Persons Policy is a tool that guides stakeholders in managing the affairs of the affected persons and was approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2021.
“This policy also includes the provisions of the Kampala Convention on IDPs in Africa. We are currently domesticating the treaty through standalone legislation. During the recent World Humanitarian Day celebration in Maiduguri Borno state, President Muhammad Buhari directed the ministry and its agencies to come up with specific programs to address the pressing threats posed by explosive remnants in the Northeast region.
“We also need to ensure the inadvertent return of the displaced to their ancestral home in the region, that is, by rehabilitating and resettling them,” she noted.
The minister notes that the management retreat is intended for the management of the humanitarian sector to brainstorm about ways to improve the implementation of the ministry’s mandate.
“It is also a period of inventory and run-down to understand the level of implementation and impact of the ministry’s various programs, including the National Social Investment Programs (NSIPs),” she noted.
In his comments, the permanent secretary, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo said the retreat was to critically analyze the level of implementation of the NSIPs to identify existing challenges and define the strategy for further improving the well-being of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians.
According to him, this ministry, which was established on 21 August 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari in his immediate response to the troubling level of humanitarian crises in Nigeria before he took office in 2015, is to coordinate national and international humanitarian interventions; ensure strategic disaster response, preparedness and response; and managing the formulation and implementation of fair, targeted social inclusion and protection programs in the country.
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