Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk
It has been revealed that as many as two million Nigerians have been living as refugees out of their homes and communities.
This is as a result of terrorist activities in the Northeast, as well as banditry and other forms of criminal activities in the Northwest and other parts of the country.
This was disclosed to State House Correspondents on Thursday by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, after leading a delegation on a thank you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
The Minister spoke on the level of dislocation that humanitarian crises had inflicted on Nigeria when answering questions from correspondents.
According to her, in the course of discharging its mandates, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs had been doing as much as the resources at its disposal would permit to ensure to cater for the needs of all internally displaced persons (IDP) in different parts of the country.
“As at today, we have over two million displaced persons in the country. Ranging from those displaced by insurgency, armed banditry, communal clashes and so on and so forth.
“The mandate of the ministry is to provide effective communication of national and international humanitarian interventions, ensure strategic disaster education and response as well as to formulate and implement policies and programmes geared towards social protection and inclusion of our citizens.
“So, the ministry is doing its best to see that people who are displaced in this country are given the necessary support by way of supporting their livelihoods, rebuild their homes in areas of disasters and settling those who have fled their places seeking for refuge, provided their communities are safe for them to return.
This is what we are working and we hope to achieve the desired result”, she said.
She said she led others to visit the President to thank him for the attention and priority that his administration had devoted to members of the citizenry who live with disabilities, recalling that it was the current administration that had ever given such attention to the people with special needs.
According to her, “today is a very important day for us and the disability community. We are here on a thank you visit to Mr. President. First, for his support on the issues of persons with disabilities in this country.
“You may recall that in January 2019, Mr. President assented to the bill on the prohibition and discrimination against persons with disabilities in this country. That was the first milestone. Mr. President also graciously appointed the chairman, board members and the executive secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
“So, this is a visit to demonstrate our appreciation and our commitment to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“That was followed by the fulfillment of Mr. President’s campaign promise to the disabilities community, where he promised to sign the disabilities Act when he comes on board.
“That has been done and the commission has been created. So the next take away is for Mr. President to issue and executive order for compliance with this act, especially in the area of access, where most of our public and private buildings are not really friendly to persons with disabilities.
“So, this is an appeal we have made to Mr. President and we are hopeful that he will direct both public and private buildings in this country to comply with this provision.
“Another issue is that of funding, Mr. President mentioned that the commission will be adequately funded in order for them to achieve the desired objectives of giving a dignified attention to the disabilities in this country,” she said.