AU commends FG for the care of over 2 million IDPs in North East


By; Tina Phineas, Yola.
The Federal Government has been commended over the proper handling of over two million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North Eastern Nigeria.
Dr. Aisha Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs, African Union Commission, made the commendation during inspection visit of the officials of the Commission to Malkohi IDPs camp in Yola.
Abdullahi who led the officials of the commission, said that they were impressed with the way and manner Nigerian government was actively intervening in all aspect of humanitarian assistance to the IDPs.
“I have travelled to many parts of the Continent, but this is the only place (Nigeria) I find where government at Federal and state levels are fully actively intervening in all aspect of assisting and helping the IDPs.
“This is very unique for the Nigerian Government, in some parts of the continent, International donors and partners are the bodies responsible and taking care of the IDPs from food items to the shelter provision” Abdullahi said.
She said that the AU was concern about the situation of populace living in North Eastern Nigeria and the entire Lake Chad Basin.
According to the Commissioner, managing over two million IDPs at a particular time is not an easy task, adding that the AU would look into some areas for intervention.
The Commissioner said that the African Union on Peace and Security Council in one of its session directed her to come and assess the situation.
“I visited many camps and I have seen a lot of massive displacement of people especially women and children. I listed areas of needs that I have gathered from the IDPs and the affected state governments which I will submit to the peace and Security Council of the Union for appropriate and consideration.” She said.
She said that among urgent need areas listed include Girl child education, Women and Youth Skills empowerment.


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