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Adamawa govt. sets up committee on reintegration of IDPs, says official

Mrs Regina Vincent, Deputy Director, Ministry of Women Affairs, Adamawa State  told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Tuesday in Abuja.

Vincent said that the committee would ensure that the returnees were properly treated to enable them cope with the challenges of life in the larger society.

She said that government was conscious of its responsibility to protect the rights and dignity of IDPs as they move back to larger society.

“Those that intend to leave the camp and settle with host communities remain our priority, because they have nothing and nowhere to go; there is a plan to shift them to other camps and settle them there.

“Although the committee has not gone far in the process, but they are working hard to see that things are put in place,’’she said.

She also said that at the ministry level, the vulnerable children among the IDPs were being assisted to get the necessary help to live normal life.

“We also train and empower women on skills acquisition; we help to link children who did not know the whereabout of their parents after the crisis.

“And those that have been violated, we take care of them through some NGOs and partners; ensuring that the vulnerable ones are properly catered for.”

Vincent further assured that the ministry would continue to sensitise the people on the best practices towards IDPs.

She stressed the need for more collaboration among stakeholders to tackle the problems the IDPs face, who are victims of circumstances.

Also, Mrs Aishatu Margima, Executive Director, Women and Youth Empowerment for Advancement and Health Initiative (WYEAHI), an NGO, told NAN that series of projects have helped in tackling the challenges facing the IDPs.

She assured that with more training, stakeholders would learn better ways of handling IDPs issues in their localities.

“We should not infringe on the right of IDPs; we know that this displacement can happen to anybody,’’ Margima  said.

She urged communities to treat the IDPs with dignity and respect, adding that their rights must be given back to them.

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