FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PARTNERS UNITED NATIONS ON RESETTLEMENT OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPS)
Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), CFR, PhD; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Bassey Okon Akpanyung; the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Fatmah Samoura, and members of her team
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) has expressed Nigeria’s readiness to collaborate with United Nations on the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria.
General Dambazau made this disclosure when the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Fatmah Samoura, visited him in his office.
The Minister further said that Nigeria would strengthen the tripartite agreement on the resettlement of the refugees back to their respective communities, particularly in the North-East ravaged by Boko Haram.
The Minister, who stressed that Nigeria had a lot in common with the two countries of Cameroon and Niger in the areas of addressing security challenges and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons promised to synergize with the organization on how to tackle the negative impact of human settlement crisis bedeviling the countries, adding that the welfare and resettlement of the refugees would be seriously pursued in line with international best practices.
Dambazau said the Ministry of Interior, being the hub of internal security and public safety in the country, is willing to offer the necessary assistance to the organisation on the total resettlement and rehabilitation of the refugees back to their respective communities.
The Minister called on the team for a closer working relationship in order to effectively resettle and rehabilitate the refugees and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their homes.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the team, Fatmah Samoura, said they were in the country to seek mutual cooperation in the areas of resettlement and returning the refugees and IDPs to their respective communities in a safe and secure manner.
She stated that United Nations is ready to collaborate and offer assistance to the Ministry of Interior in the areas of the Rule of Law and capacity-building so as to effectively tackle the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons in the country.
Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), CFR, PhD, and the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Fatmah Samoura