IDPs, asylum seekers, others at high risk of hunger, malnutrition, says refugee commissioner
The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally-Displaced Persons in Nigeria, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, has expressed worry that Nigeria has been categorised among the countries threatened by famine, hunger and malnutrition.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim, who raised the alarm yesterday in Lagos while distributing food care packs to some Persons of Concern (PoC) at the South-West Zonal Office of the commission, said the initiative was predicated by the rising global food insecurity.
According to her, the high risk of hunger and malnutrition among Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons and returnees require urgent need to achieve food security, hence the need for the project zero hunger initiative.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim said the initiative was in collaboration with the Nigerian Army in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandate.
She said the project would adopt and promote an integrated and whole of society approach, which gives everyone the opportunity to complement Federal Government’s efforts, especially in feeding of PoC.
Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said he was elated to be a partaker of the initiative. Gbajabiamila, who was represented at the event by his Special Assistant on Humanitarian Affairs, Hamza Ibrahim Baba, said: “There’s what we call a ‘durable solution mechanism, which we have already kick-started for people who have been displaced by banditry, Boko Haram and others .
“We have started this durable solutions to assist them to be able to return in safety and dignity and those that cannot return to the places where they were displaced, we are looking at relocating them, empowering them with tools, skills and vocational training to be able to continue their lives.”