The Nigerian government has approved a new policy that would strengthen its operational framework in addressing rights violations and poor conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country, an official said.
Sadiya Farouq, the country’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said the policy dubbed “the National Policy on Internal Displacements” also provides for the contribution of relevant actors in the humanitarian and development sector.
The overall goal of the policy, Farouq said, is to enhance existing structures to address the rights, dignity, and wellbeing of vulnerable populations by suggesting durable solutions to internal displacements.
“With the approval of the policy, a multi-sectoral structure will fully emerge, which will ensure a coordinated, operational and strategic response to all the humanitarian challenges our great nation is facing,” the minister said on Wednesday, Sept. 1 after presenting the policy draft at the National Assembly.
She described the policy as an achievement towards the government’s firmness to bring assistance to displaced persons.
According to a report by Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and assessment carried out by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). In Round 37, a total of 2,191,193 IDPs were identified in 445,852 households. When comparing the Round 37 number of IDPs to Round 32 (2,088,124 IDPs as of July 2020), the number of IDPs in north-east Nigeria has increased by almost 5 per cent during the past year.
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