Lawmakers blame poor policy, coordination for IDPs crisis
Posted by News Express | 25 November 2016 | 1,661 times
The National Assembly says the current crisis in the management of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Nigeria is a fallout from poor policy thrusts from government and absence of proper coordination of stakeholders in the sector.
The Chairman, House Committee on IDPs Refugees and Initiatives on the Northeast, Rep Sani Zorro, said this while speaking with journalists in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.
Zorro said that proper coordination has been discovered to be missing in the operations and management of the IDP camps which have opened doors for an all-comers affair in the sector.
This, he said, has resulted to negative activities which have placed the country in bad perception globally.
According to Zoro “if policies were to be available, that policy would have clearly spelled out the roles, responsibilities and obligations of state institutions, nongovernmental organisations and so on.
“That will make it easier for everybody to operate within the space available; but now it is free for all, there is no coordination, and there is no communication among all the actors in the humanitarian Sector.”
He believes “there is also no effective collaboration among agencies of government and that is why you hear about abuses in the camp, you hear about corruption like diversion of food items meant for IDPs.”
“We have investigated and visited camps to ascertain the extent of this unfortunate situation.
“The recent report by Human Rights Watch which says there are cases of rape, unwanted pregnancies and general abuses of displaced persons, especially women, now I have read the report very carefully and I endorsed it but there are some explanations that need to be tendered, which probably the Human Rights Watch didn’t consider.
“Peculiarities in terms of culture and tradition need to be taken into account. What can constitute an abuse in one country may not be considered so in some other environment because of the tradition.”
He, however, affirmed that steps would be taken on revising the security and operational setups across the IDP camps.
“They have taken their time to investigate. We have not only recognised the content of the report, we are working hard to address them.” (Channels TV)