FG HOSTS REGIONAL PROTECTION DIALOGUE FOR VICTIMS OF BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY
The Federal Government is hosting a regional protection dialogue for victims of Boko Haram insurgency from 6 – 8 June, 2016 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
Speaking in his office, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), said that the dialogue, which would be held in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has become imperative as the Boko Haram insurgency has adversely affected the livelihoodof the population of the Lake Chad Basin consisting of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.
The Minister noted that the primary objective of the event would be to identify the protection risks of the population affected and adopt concrete measures to support the various governments in ensuring the protection of refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities.
He said that emphasis would be on the vulnerable groups such as women, children and the elderly, as the dialogue would provide the opportunity to decide on common solutions to the problems of those affected by violence and displacement.
Gen Dambazau expressed concern over the devastating effects of the insurgency on the livelihood and local economies of the Lake Chad Basin region, which have impacted negatively on their activities, such as in fishing, farming and trading.
Participants at the Dialogue will include Ministers of Interior of the affected countries, as a ministerial meeting on the 8th of June 2016 will validate the findings for full implementation.