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FG pledges better deal for migrants, other social interventions

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
17 August 2022   |   2:40 am
The Federal Government, yesterday, pledged strategic disaster mitigation, response management, social inclusion and protection programmes in Nigeria.

Hajiya Sadiya Farouq

The Federal Government, yesterday, pledged strategic disaster mitigation, response management, social inclusion and protection programmes in Nigeria.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, told reporters during a five-day capacity-building training on National Migration Policy and Governance organised by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Person (NCFRMI) in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Benin City, Edo State.

Represented by Deputy Director, Humanitarian Affairs in the ministry, Abubakar Suleiman, the minister said issues of return and reintegration have become imperative.

She assured Nigerians of the ministry’s continuous formulation of humanitarian policies and effective coordination of national and international humanitarian interventions.

Farouq stated: “In the next four days, the stakeholders gathered here, who were carefully selected in line with their mandates and relevance in humanitarian response in Nigeria, will be sharing ideas and information geared towards operationalisation of the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on Return, Readmission and Reintegration (RRR) of Nigerian Migrants. This will strategically prepare us to carry out the humanitarian intervention tailored at assisting migrants with specific needs.”

On her part, Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, tasked stakeholders, particularly partners and institutions, with migrants’ protection and reintegration through targeted pieces of training, enlightenment and engagements.

Represented by Director, Migration, Mrs Catherine Udida, the NCFRMI chief explained that the training would build the capacity of migration actors in each of the five selected states on the SOP on RRR and national migration policy, governance framework and other national, regional and global instruments.

She said: “One of our key mandates as a commission is the coordination of the migration governance structure of the country through the provision of a platform for the uniform administration and management of migration in Nigeria.

“This underscores the vital importance of this training, especially at a time when the commission is strengthening its internal framework for better service delivery. For example, we have successfully created a stand-alone department of Migration Affairs, thereby allowing for a more focused and deliberate effort towards achieving success in this core mandate area.”

Acting Chief of Mission, Murima Prestage, represented by Emeka Anene, hailed the support of MDAs in the fight against irregular migration in the country.