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In this photo taken on September 15, 2016 women and children queue to enter one of the Unicef nutrition clinics at the Muna makeshift camp which houses more than 16,000 IDPs (internally displaced people) on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.  AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

In this photo taken on September 15, 2016 women and children queue to enter one of the Unicef nutrition clinics at the Muna makeshift camp which houses more than 16,000 IDPs (internally displaced people) on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.<br />AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

UNFPA, Borno train 400 female IDPs in bead making, tailoring, cosmetology

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, (NCFRMI) has assured internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country that their needs would be met in due course.

The Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Mrs. Sadiya Umar Farouk, who spoke at the kick off ceremony at Nursing Village IDPs Camp in Borno State, also applauded security operatives and other stakeholders for attending to the immediate needs of the internally displaced persons in the country.

In another development, the Borno State government in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has trained 400 female IDPs in skills acquisition and trades to reduce poverty and unemployment in camps.

Farouk, who promised periodic distribution of relief materials to the camps, noted that tremendous support of stakeholders in the management of IDPs especially sister agencies and security personnel.

She expressed the hope that the plight of IDPs would continue to receive attention it deserves from the government, corporate organisations and philanthropists.

Borno State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development (WASD), Hajiya Fanta Baba Shehu disclosed this yesterday at the graduation of the fourth batch of 100 women and girls at the Women Development Centre, Maiduguri.

The commissioner said the graduation of 100 women and girls was in addition to over 300 females from the various IDPs camps, who had earlier benefitted from the exercise.

“The training programme of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with UNPFA under the Safe Space For Women and Girls have so far graduated 400 IDPs on vocational skills and trades in the state. This is in addition to the disbursements of startup funds to them,” she said.

She also commended the UNPFA for empowering of women and girls for self-reliance.Humanitarian Programme Coordinator of UNPFA, Mohammed Shelkadan Ismail, urged the graduates to sustain the disbursed seed capital through revolving loans.



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