Connect with us

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

  •  The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Farouq says Nigeria is moving from just giving humanitarian relief to its vulnerable population to empowering them with skills Farouq told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York at the 77th session of UN General Assembly that the Nigerian Government was working to build the resilience of the population The minister spoke on the sidelines of High Level Side Event on Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No one Behind We are shifting away from just giving humanitarian relief to see how we can build the resilience of our people and empower them We are moving towards a sustainable way of building the lives of the vulnerable people those who have been affected by displacement to have a dignified way of life by empowering them We have provided for them different empowerment opportunities for them to learn different skills to earn a living with those skills and for their prosperity she said According to her empowering the vulnerable population is a right step to reduce poverty noting that Nigeria has done well under the present administration to reduce poverty index The minister said that the United Nations UN had been working with Nigeria to achieving sustainable development like eradication of poverty and addressing issues of vulnerability Earlier at the event UN Deputy Secretary General Ms Amina Mohammed said humanitarian action and lifesaving relief remained critical saying we must recognise that protracted crises require a synchronised and complementary development and peace support This must be supported by long term investments to address the drivers and the root causes of crises in the first place and the ensuing fragility This is at the core of the humanitarian development peace nexus approach We know that investing in development is the best way to prevent the crisis in the first place This is where I would like to commend the Government of Nigeria for now practically in its adoption of the triple nexus approach particularly in relation to those who have been displaced internally and supported by the creation of enabling frameworks and mechanisms she said The UN deputy chief said the Government of Nigeria also used the triple Nexus approach beyond the issue of finding durable solutions to empowering its displaced population For example UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA International Organisation for Migration IOM and UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR kickstarted 1 5 million U S dollar pilot project to the Nigeria humanitarian fund According to her the fund is to address durable solutions working closely with the governance of Borno Adamawa Yobe and the UN under the leadership of UNDP She said that UN had helped on the stabilisation programme and restoration of the social contract working with the private sector and resulted in constructing many permanent shelters and classrooms in those states The stabilisation efforts are conducted under the auspices of the Lake Chad Commission s regional stabilisation strategy and this is an important cross border coordination and cooperation which is even more pressing not just in the Lake Chad region but also in the Sahel In her remarks Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen said women were driving force in disaster risk reduction and emergency response and therefore should not be left unattended to We see this thing during the public lighting pandemic where 70 to 80 per cent of health volunteers are women Women were at the forefront front of risk communications and are trusted by their communities she said The General Debates which started on Sept 20 with the theme Watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges ended on Monday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Nigeria moving from humanitarian relief to empowering vulnerable population- Minister
     The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Farouq says Nigeria is moving from just giving humanitarian relief to its vulnerable population to empowering them with skills Farouq told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York at the 77th session of UN General Assembly that the Nigerian Government was working to build the resilience of the population The minister spoke on the sidelines of High Level Side Event on Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No one Behind We are shifting away from just giving humanitarian relief to see how we can build the resilience of our people and empower them We are moving towards a sustainable way of building the lives of the vulnerable people those who have been affected by displacement to have a dignified way of life by empowering them We have provided for them different empowerment opportunities for them to learn different skills to earn a living with those skills and for their prosperity she said According to her empowering the vulnerable population is a right step to reduce poverty noting that Nigeria has done well under the present administration to reduce poverty index The minister said that the United Nations UN had been working with Nigeria to achieving sustainable development like eradication of poverty and addressing issues of vulnerability Earlier at the event UN Deputy Secretary General Ms Amina Mohammed said humanitarian action and lifesaving relief remained critical saying we must recognise that protracted crises require a synchronised and complementary development and peace support This must be supported by long term investments to address the drivers and the root causes of crises in the first place and the ensuing fragility This is at the core of the humanitarian development peace nexus approach We know that investing in development is the best way to prevent the crisis in the first place This is where I would like to commend the Government of Nigeria for now practically in its adoption of the triple nexus approach particularly in relation to those who have been displaced internally and supported by the creation of enabling frameworks and mechanisms she said The UN deputy chief said the Government of Nigeria also used the triple Nexus approach beyond the issue of finding durable solutions to empowering its displaced population For example UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA International Organisation for Migration IOM and UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR kickstarted 1 5 million U S dollar pilot project to the Nigeria humanitarian fund According to her the fund is to address durable solutions working closely with the governance of Borno Adamawa Yobe and the UN under the leadership of UNDP She said that UN had helped on the stabilisation programme and restoration of the social contract working with the private sector and resulted in constructing many permanent shelters and classrooms in those states The stabilisation efforts are conducted under the auspices of the Lake Chad Commission s regional stabilisation strategy and this is an important cross border coordination and cooperation which is even more pressing not just in the Lake Chad region but also in the Sahel In her remarks Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen said women were driving force in disaster risk reduction and emergency response and therefore should not be left unattended to We see this thing during the public lighting pandemic where 70 to 80 per cent of health volunteers are women Women were at the forefront front of risk communications and are trusted by their communities she said The General Debates which started on Sept 20 with the theme Watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges ended on Monday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Nigeria moving from humanitarian relief to empowering vulnerable population- Minister
    Foreign1 week ago

    UNGA77: Nigeria moving from humanitarian relief to empowering vulnerable population- Minister

    The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq says Nigeria is moving from just giving humanitarian relief to its vulnerable population to empowering them with skills.

    Farouq told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York at the 77th session of UN General Assembly that the Nigerian Government was working to build the resilience of the population.

    The minister spoke on the sidelines of High-Level Side Event on “Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No one Behind.

    ’’ “We are shifting away from just giving humanitarian relief to see how we can build the resilience of our people and empower them.

    “We are moving towards a sustainable way of building the lives of the vulnerable people, those who have been affected by displacement to have a dignified way of life by empowering them.

    “We have provided for them different empowerment opportunities for them to learn different skills, to earn a living with those skills and for their prosperity,’’ she said.

    According to her, empowering the vulnerable population is a right step to reduce poverty, noting that Nigeria has done well under the present administration to reduce poverty index.

    The minister said that the United Nations (UN) had been working with Nigeria to achieving sustainable development, like eradication of poverty and addressing issues of vulnerability.

    Earlier at the event, UN Deputy Secretary General, Ms Amina Mohammed said humanitarian action and lifesaving relief remained critical, saying, “we must recognise that protracted crises require a synchronised and complementary development and peace support.

    “This must be supported by long term investments to address the drivers and the root causes of crises in the first place, and the ensuing fragility.

    “This is at the core of the humanitarian development peace nexus approach.

    We know that investing in development is the best way to prevent the crisis in the first place.

    “This is where I would like to commend the Government of Nigeria for now, practically in its adoption of the triple nexus approach, particularly in relation to those who have been displaced internally and supported by the creation of enabling frameworks and mechanisms,’’ she said.

    The UN deputy chief said the Government of Nigeria also used the triple Nexus approach beyond the issue of finding durable solutions to empowering its displaced population “ For example, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  kickstarted 1.5 million U.

    S. dollar pilot project to the Nigeria humanitarian fund.

    ’’ According to her, the fund is to address durable solutions, working closely with the governance of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, and the UN under the leadership of UNDP.

    She said that UN had helped on the stabilisation programme and restoration of the social contract working with the private sector and resulted in constructing many permanent shelters and classrooms in those states.

    “The stabilisation efforts are conducted under the auspices of the Lake Chad Commission’s regional stabilisation strategy, and this is an important cross border coordination and cooperation, which is even more pressing not just in the Lake Chad region, but also in the Sahel.

    In her remarks, Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen said women were driving force in disaster risk reduction, and emergency response and therefore should not be left unattended to.

    “We see this thing during the public lighting pandemic, where 70 to 80 per cent of health volunteers are women.

    “Women were at the forefront front of risk communications and are trusted by their communities,’’ she said.

    The General Debates, which started on Sept. 20 with the theme: “Watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,’’ ended on Monday.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Journalists International Forum for Migration JIFORM says it will be awarding exceptional individuals who have contributed to global advocacy for safe migration in its forth coming International summit in Canada Ms Teresa Jacob Communication Secretary of the summit disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third edition of the JIFORM Summit scheduled to hold from Oct 1 to 10 in Toronto Canada is with the theme Exploring the Benefits of Migration Post COVID 19 According to Jacob Gerry Weiner former Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration among others will be honoured with international leadership awards She noted that Dr Lateefat Kolapo Chief Executive Officer the Point Newspapers Nigeria would speak on the challenges of journalists on migration reportage Jacob also quoted JIFORM s President Ajibola Abayomi from Nigeria as saying that time has come for all of us to be involved to understand the dynamism of migration And show love to migrants by encouraging them to understand that regular migration remains the only profitable human mobility JIFORM shall continue to serve as a rallying point to engage stakeholders and the media on the need to also report that which is factual with human face about migration because human lives are involved Jacob listed other recipients of the award to include Prince Yinka Farinde the CEO Abedorc Productions Inc Canada Prof Byron Price of Medgar Evers College City University Brooklyn Dr Adrew Nevin The Home for Needy a foundation in Benin Edo dedicated to care services for victims of forced migration and other less privileged in society had also been listed as recipient of the award Guest speakers at the event included Festus Keyamo SAN from Nigeria Prof Patrick Lumumba Sierra Leonean Minister of Labour and Social Security Sierra Leone amongst others The International Organisation for Migration IOM will also be in full participation at the Summit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Canada: JIFORM Awards advocates safe migration at international forum
     The Journalists International Forum for Migration JIFORM says it will be awarding exceptional individuals who have contributed to global advocacy for safe migration in its forth coming International summit in Canada Ms Teresa Jacob Communication Secretary of the summit disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third edition of the JIFORM Summit scheduled to hold from Oct 1 to 10 in Toronto Canada is with the theme Exploring the Benefits of Migration Post COVID 19 According to Jacob Gerry Weiner former Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration among others will be honoured with international leadership awards She noted that Dr Lateefat Kolapo Chief Executive Officer the Point Newspapers Nigeria would speak on the challenges of journalists on migration reportage Jacob also quoted JIFORM s President Ajibola Abayomi from Nigeria as saying that time has come for all of us to be involved to understand the dynamism of migration And show love to migrants by encouraging them to understand that regular migration remains the only profitable human mobility JIFORM shall continue to serve as a rallying point to engage stakeholders and the media on the need to also report that which is factual with human face about migration because human lives are involved Jacob listed other recipients of the award to include Prince Yinka Farinde the CEO Abedorc Productions Inc Canada Prof Byron Price of Medgar Evers College City University Brooklyn Dr Adrew Nevin The Home for Needy a foundation in Benin Edo dedicated to care services for victims of forced migration and other less privileged in society had also been listed as recipient of the award Guest speakers at the event included Festus Keyamo SAN from Nigeria Prof Patrick Lumumba Sierra Leonean Minister of Labour and Social Security Sierra Leone amongst others The International Organisation for Migration IOM will also be in full participation at the Summit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Canada: JIFORM Awards advocates safe migration at international forum
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Canada: JIFORM Awards advocates safe migration at international forum

    The Journalists International Forum for Migration (JIFORM) says  it will  be awarding exceptional individuals who have contributed to  global advocacy for safe migration in its forth-coming International summit in Canada.

    Ms Teresa Jacob, Communication Secretary of the summit disclosed this in a statement in Abuja  on Sunday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third edition of the JIFORM Summit scheduled to hold from Oct. 1 to 10 in Toronto, Canada is with the theme:  “Exploring the Benefits of Migration,  Post COVID-19”.

    According to Jacob,   Gerry Weiner, former Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, among others will be honoured with international leadership awards.

    She  noted that  Dr Lateefat Kolapo, Chief Executive Officer, the Point Newspapers, Nigeria, would speak on the challenges of journalists on migration reportage.

    Jacob  also quoted JIFORM’s President, Ajibola Abayomi, from Nigeria as saying that  “time has come for all of us to be involved to understand the dynamism of migration .

    “And show love to  migrants by encouraging them to understand that regular migration remains the only profitable human mobility.

    “JIFORM shall continue to serve as a rallying point to engage stakeholders and the media on the need to also report that which is factual with human face about migration because human lives are involved.

    ” Jacob  listed other recipients of the award to include; Prince Yinka Farinde, the CEO, Abedorc Productions Inc Canada, Prof. Byron Price of Medgar Evers College, City University, Brooklyn, Dr Adrew Nevin.

    The Home for Needy, a foundation in Benin, Edo, dedicated to care services for victims of forced migration and other less privileged in society had also been listed as recipient of the award.

    Guest speakers at the event  included; Festus Keyamo (SAN) from Nigeria,  Prof. Patrick Lumumba, Sierra Leonean Minister of Labour and Social Security Sierra Leone amongst others.

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will also be in full participation at the  Summit.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday showcased some of the social investment programmes carried out to tackle poverty and ensure social inclusion in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ministry showcased the interventions at the High Level event organised on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York The event with the theme Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and some top political leaders NAN reports that some of social investment programmes showcased were the Home Grown School Feeding Programme the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme the N Power Programme and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme among others In her remarks the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Farouq said the humanitarian interventions programmes had been tremendously beneficial to Nigerians from all walks of life especially through the National Social Investment Programmes NSIP The NSIP is delivered through the N Power National Home Grown School Feeding Programme Conditional Cash Transfer and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme which are anchored on TraderMoni MarketMoni and FarmerMoni and the recent Grant for Vulnerable Groups These interventions are intended to ultimately eliminate hunger build human capital and contribute to lifting a hundred million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 as envisioned by Mr President she said In addition the minister said it would be difficult to talk about development without speaking about building human capital as it is a key pathway to restore peace and reduce poverty She said the N Power Programmes through N Agro N Tech N Creative N Build and N Skills focuses on teaching youth agricultural technological web design and animations and construction work respectively to promote self reliance We are also empowering women at the grassroot levels through various skills acquisition trainings to ensure women are no longer marginalised economically Youth women and other vulnerable groups are regularly given empowerment opportunities to build their skills and competencies for them to learn to earn and to grow she said In his remarks Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr Martin Griffiths said Nigeria is a good example of a country with great initiatives He said Nigeria had great initiatives and potential for more sustainable solutions for internally displaced people which will allow displaced to get back on their feet The National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria facilitated by the Honorable Minister is showing the way for the realisation of the rights dignity and wellbeing of vulnerable populations through durable solutions to internal displacements And while I heard in January from IDPs in Bama and Damasak in Borno State of how dreadful the security situation continues to be we know that it gives hope It gives hope when local government authorities community organisations and UN agencies are able to come together and support IDPs in more sustainable manners on education integration disability rights and so forth the UN official said According to him multiple challenges remain especially when it comes to protecting civilians and many of these initiatives are still at small scale But if we can replicate and adapt these new approaches we can help chart the way forward noting that this entails a few steps of two First we need to focus on implementation and results This involves ensuring international humanitarian and development planning frameworks align with national strategies Second and crucially funding needs to be better aligned with common priorities Almost 10 months into 2022 we have only about 35 per cent covered of our financial requirements to meet urgent humanitarian needs It s time for us to work with donors and investors to break open funding siloes and find more flexible financing solutions he said Also speaking Ms Ugochi Daniels International Organisation for Migration IOM Deputy Director for Operations said Nigeria is the biggest operation of the organisation on the continent According to her IOM has staff of 1 400 across five offices and nine humanitarian hubs in the Northeast which enables all UN and NGO partners to deliver Daniels said following the launch of the National Action Plan and commitment from the highest levels of Government ther was clearly an opportunity to advance solutions to conflict and displacement Political willingness is the most important enablers for durable solutions to displacement in fragile contexts There are a few other key enablers which are needed for locally led solutions to crisis to work The first is mobilising development financing in support of large community based peace recovery and development programmes such as IOM has done with the KfW or the World Bank in Ukraine and South Sudan Development financing enables government leadership multi year timeframes and a stronger integration with national policies and planning frameworks she said The second IOM official said was catalyzing the role of the private sector to provide economic opportunities to populations residing or returning to crisis affected areas Through the Enterprise Development Fund in Iraq for example IOM capitalises local businesses to increase their capacity to recruit displaced populations returning to their homes and increase productivity overall Third we need to ensure the data we collect contributes to the objectives we want to pursue she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At UNGA77: Humanitarian Affairs ministry showcases social investment programmes
     The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday showcased some of the social investment programmes carried out to tackle poverty and ensure social inclusion in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ministry showcased the interventions at the High Level event organised on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York The event with the theme Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and some top political leaders NAN reports that some of social investment programmes showcased were the Home Grown School Feeding Programme the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme the N Power Programme and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme among others In her remarks the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Farouq said the humanitarian interventions programmes had been tremendously beneficial to Nigerians from all walks of life especially through the National Social Investment Programmes NSIP The NSIP is delivered through the N Power National Home Grown School Feeding Programme Conditional Cash Transfer and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme which are anchored on TraderMoni MarketMoni and FarmerMoni and the recent Grant for Vulnerable Groups These interventions are intended to ultimately eliminate hunger build human capital and contribute to lifting a hundred million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 as envisioned by Mr President she said In addition the minister said it would be difficult to talk about development without speaking about building human capital as it is a key pathway to restore peace and reduce poverty She said the N Power Programmes through N Agro N Tech N Creative N Build and N Skills focuses on teaching youth agricultural technological web design and animations and construction work respectively to promote self reliance We are also empowering women at the grassroot levels through various skills acquisition trainings to ensure women are no longer marginalised economically Youth women and other vulnerable groups are regularly given empowerment opportunities to build their skills and competencies for them to learn to earn and to grow she said In his remarks Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr Martin Griffiths said Nigeria is a good example of a country with great initiatives He said Nigeria had great initiatives and potential for more sustainable solutions for internally displaced people which will allow displaced to get back on their feet The National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria facilitated by the Honorable Minister is showing the way for the realisation of the rights dignity and wellbeing of vulnerable populations through durable solutions to internal displacements And while I heard in January from IDPs in Bama and Damasak in Borno State of how dreadful the security situation continues to be we know that it gives hope It gives hope when local government authorities community organisations and UN agencies are able to come together and support IDPs in more sustainable manners on education integration disability rights and so forth the UN official said According to him multiple challenges remain especially when it comes to protecting civilians and many of these initiatives are still at small scale But if we can replicate and adapt these new approaches we can help chart the way forward noting that this entails a few steps of two First we need to focus on implementation and results This involves ensuring international humanitarian and development planning frameworks align with national strategies Second and crucially funding needs to be better aligned with common priorities Almost 10 months into 2022 we have only about 35 per cent covered of our financial requirements to meet urgent humanitarian needs It s time for us to work with donors and investors to break open funding siloes and find more flexible financing solutions he said Also speaking Ms Ugochi Daniels International Organisation for Migration IOM Deputy Director for Operations said Nigeria is the biggest operation of the organisation on the continent According to her IOM has staff of 1 400 across five offices and nine humanitarian hubs in the Northeast which enables all UN and NGO partners to deliver Daniels said following the launch of the National Action Plan and commitment from the highest levels of Government ther was clearly an opportunity to advance solutions to conflict and displacement Political willingness is the most important enablers for durable solutions to displacement in fragile contexts There are a few other key enablers which are needed for locally led solutions to crisis to work The first is mobilising development financing in support of large community based peace recovery and development programmes such as IOM has done with the KfW or the World Bank in Ukraine and South Sudan Development financing enables government leadership multi year timeframes and a stronger integration with national policies and planning frameworks she said The second IOM official said was catalyzing the role of the private sector to provide economic opportunities to populations residing or returning to crisis affected areas Through the Enterprise Development Fund in Iraq for example IOM capitalises local businesses to increase their capacity to recruit displaced populations returning to their homes and increase productivity overall Third we need to ensure the data we collect contributes to the objectives we want to pursue she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At UNGA77: Humanitarian Affairs ministry showcases social investment programmes
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    At UNGA77: Humanitarian Affairs ministry showcases social investment programmes

    The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday showcased some of the social investment programmes carried out to tackle poverty and ensure social inclusion in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ministry showcased the interventions at the High-Level event organised on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York. The event with the theme ”Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind.

    ’’ was attended by  President Muhammadu Buhari and some top political leaders.

    NAN reports that some of social investment programmes showcased were the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, the N-Power Programme and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, among others.

    In her remarks, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq.

    said the humanitarian interventions (programmes) had been tremendously beneficial to Nigerians from all walks of life, especially through the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP).

    “The NSIP is delivered through the N-Power, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, which are anchored on TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni, and the recent Grant for Vulnerable Groups.

    “These interventions are intended to ultimately eliminate hunger, build human capital and contribute to lifting a hundred million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030, as envisioned by Mr. President,’’ she said.

    In addition, the minister said it would be difficult to talk about development without speaking about building human capital as it is a key pathway to restore peace and reduce poverty.

    She said the N-Power Programmes through N-Agro, N-Tech, N-Creative, N-Build and N-Skills focuses on teaching youth agricultural, technological, web design and animations and construction work respectively to promote self-reliance.

    “We are also empowering women at the grassroot levels through various skills acquisition trainings to ensure women are no longer marginalised economically.

    “Youth, women and other vulnerable groups are regularly given empowerment opportunities to build their skills and competencies for them to learn, to earn and to grow,’’ she said.

    In his remarks, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr Martin Griffiths said Nigeria is a good example of a country with great initiatives.

    He said Nigeria had great initiatives and potential for more sustainable solutions for internally displaced people which will allow displaced to get back on their feet.

    “The National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria, facilitated by the Honorable Minister, is showing the way for the realisation of the rights, dignity and wellbeing of vulnerable populations through durable solutions to internal displacements.

    “And while I heard in January from IDPs in Bama and Damasak in Borno State of how dreadful the security situation continues to be, we know that it gives hope.

    “It gives hope when local government authorities, community organisations and UN agencies are able to come together and support IDPs in more sustainable manners on education, integration, disability rights and so forth,’’ the UN official said.

    According to him, multiple challenges remain, especially when it comes to protecting civilians and many of these initiatives are still at small scale.

    “But if we can replicate and adapt these new approaches, we can help chart the way forward,’’ noting that this entails a few steps of two “First, we need to focus on implementation and results.

    This involves ensuring international humanitarian and development planning frameworks align with national strategies.

    “Second, and crucially, funding needs to be better aligned with common priorities.

    Almost 10 months into 2022, we have only about 35 per cent covered of our financial requirements to meet urgent humanitarian needs.

    “It’s time for us to work with donors – and investors – to break open funding siloes and find more flexible financing solutions.

    ,’’ he said.

    Also speaking, Ms Ugochi Daniels, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Deputy Director for Operations said Nigeria is the biggest operation of the organisation on the continent.

    According to her, IOM has staff of 1,400, across five offices and nine humanitarian hubs in the Northeast which enables all UN and NGO partners to deliver.

    Daniels said following the launch of the National Action Plan, and commitment from the highest levels of Government, ther was clearly an opportunity to advance solutions to conflict and displacement.

    “Political willingness is the most important enablers for durable solutions to displacement in fragile contexts.

    There are a few other key enablers which are needed for locally-led solutions to crisis to work.

    “The first is mobilising development financing in support of large community-based peace, recovery and development programmes – such as IOM has done with the KfW or the World Bank in Ukraine and South Sudan.

    “Development financing enables government leadership, multi-year timeframes and a stronger integration with national policies and planning frameworks,’’ she said.

    The second, IOM official said was catalyzing the role of the private sector to provide economic opportunities to populations residing or returning to crisis affected areas.

    “Through the ‘Enterprise Development Fund’ in Iraq, for example, IOM capitalises local businesses to increase their capacity to recruit displaced populations returning to their homes and increase productivity overall.

    “Third, we need to ensure the data we collect contributes to the objectives we want to pursue,’’ she said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The International Organisation for Migration IOM has lauded the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM for its supportive positive and corrective feedback in Diaspora engagement in capacity building The Team Lead Ms Daphn Bouteillet Paquet IOM Belgium Project Lead for the Migration of African Talents through Capacity building and Hiring MATCH said this at a review meeting with NiDCOM on Tuesday in Abuja Bouteillet Paquet had led a delegation of IOM Belgium to a review meeting with the NiDCOM Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa in Abuja The Team Lead commended the commission s contribution to MATCH s agenda in helping to evaluate the outcome of the Project She stated that the MATCH project was a 36 month initiative which kicked off on Jan 31 2020 and is funded by the European Union EU She said the project aimed at providing highly skilled talents to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff could not be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market The Project Lead added that this had enabled young graduates from Nigeria and Senegal to work for companies in four EU member states She noted that as applicants register on MATCH companies from Belgium Italy The Netherlands and Luxembourg would be supported with the sourcing and recruiting of African talents from Nigeria and Senegal The scheme according to her is aimed at upscaling young migrants skills and increasing their employability while addressing EU labour market shortages and contributing in the longer term to the development of Nigeria and Senegal Bouteillet Paquet stressed that the project had implemented complementary activities such as skills development capacity building and knowledge sharing between the participating EU and African countries She stressed the need to have proper evaluation and feedback to help in the next project as the first project would be ending in December 2022 Receiving the delegation Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa said pre departure seminars and capacity building trainings should be held for applicants of the MATCH project Dabiri Erewa who was represented by the Secretary to the Commission Dr Sule Bassi stressed that the recruiting of Nigerian talents should not be a one way street She added that it must be beneficial to the country of origin and a bilateral labour agreement should be created She however suggested that a Memorandum of Understanding be drafted for approval of parties concerned NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IOM lauds NiDCOM’s engagement in capacity building
     The International Organisation for Migration IOM has lauded the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM for its supportive positive and corrective feedback in Diaspora engagement in capacity building The Team Lead Ms Daphn Bouteillet Paquet IOM Belgium Project Lead for the Migration of African Talents through Capacity building and Hiring MATCH said this at a review meeting with NiDCOM on Tuesday in Abuja Bouteillet Paquet had led a delegation of IOM Belgium to a review meeting with the NiDCOM Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa in Abuja The Team Lead commended the commission s contribution to MATCH s agenda in helping to evaluate the outcome of the Project She stated that the MATCH project was a 36 month initiative which kicked off on Jan 31 2020 and is funded by the European Union EU She said the project aimed at providing highly skilled talents to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff could not be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market The Project Lead added that this had enabled young graduates from Nigeria and Senegal to work for companies in four EU member states She noted that as applicants register on MATCH companies from Belgium Italy The Netherlands and Luxembourg would be supported with the sourcing and recruiting of African talents from Nigeria and Senegal The scheme according to her is aimed at upscaling young migrants skills and increasing their employability while addressing EU labour market shortages and contributing in the longer term to the development of Nigeria and Senegal Bouteillet Paquet stressed that the project had implemented complementary activities such as skills development capacity building and knowledge sharing between the participating EU and African countries She stressed the need to have proper evaluation and feedback to help in the next project as the first project would be ending in December 2022 Receiving the delegation Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa said pre departure seminars and capacity building trainings should be held for applicants of the MATCH project Dabiri Erewa who was represented by the Secretary to the Commission Dr Sule Bassi stressed that the recruiting of Nigerian talents should not be a one way street She added that it must be beneficial to the country of origin and a bilateral labour agreement should be created She however suggested that a Memorandum of Understanding be drafted for approval of parties concerned NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IOM lauds NiDCOM’s engagement in capacity building
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    IOM lauds NiDCOM’s engagement in capacity building

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has lauded the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM) for its supportive, positive and corrective feedback in Diaspora engagement in capacity building.

    The Team Lead Ms. Daphné Bouteillet-Paquet, IOM Belgium, Project Lead for the Migration of African Talents through Capacity building and Hiring (MATCH) said this at a review meeting with NiDCOM on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Bouteillet-Paquet had led a delegation of IOM Belgium to a review meeting with the NiDCOM Hon.  Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja.

    The Team Lead commended the commission’s contribution to MATCH’s agenda in helping  to evaluate the outcome of the Project.

    She stated that the MATCH project was a 36- month initiative which kicked off on Jan. 31, 2020 and is funded by the European Union (EU).

    She said the project aimed at providing highly skilled talents to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff could not be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market.

    The Project Lead added that this had enabled young graduates from Nigeria and Senegal to work for companies in four EU member states.

    She noted that as applicants register on MATCH, companies from Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands and Luxembourg would be supported with the sourcing and recruiting of African talents from Nigeria and  Senegal.

    The scheme, according to her, is aimed at upscaling young migrants’ skills and increasing their employability, while addressing EU labour market shortages and contributing, in the longer term, to the development of Nigeria and Senegal.

    Bouteillet-Paquet stressed that the project had implemented complementary activities such as skills development, capacity building and knowledge sharing between the participating EU and African countries.

    She stressed the need to have proper evaluation and feedback to help in the next project, as the first project would be ending in December, 2022. Receiving the delegation, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa said  pre-departure seminars and capacity building trainings should be held for applicants of the MATCH project.

    Dabiri-Erewa who was represented by the Secretary to the Commission,  Dr. Sule  Bassi, stressed that the recruiting of Nigerian talents should not be a one way street.

    She added that,  it must be beneficial to the country of origin and a bilateral labour agreement should be created.

    She, however, suggested that a Memorandum of Understanding be drafted for approval of parties concerned.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Adamawa Government has inaugurated 21 Local Emergency Committee to enhance disaster management and response services at the grassroots The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committees were inaugurated at the end of a two day capacity building workshop on Thursday in Yola The theme of the workshop is Effective Collaboration in Management of Disasters at the Local Level Inaugurating the committees Dr Suleiman Muhammad Executive Secretary Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency ADSEMA said that 189 members of the committees were drawn across 21 local government areas of the state He described the inauguration as timely noting that the 2022 flood predicted by Nigeria Metrological Agency NiMet is not yet over The committee will be responsible for recovery during disasters they will respond to disasters in a coordinated manner at the local level The primary responsibility of any responsible government is to protect lives and property of its citizens We are here to inaugurate you as committee on how to handle disasters at the local level he said and charged them to use the knowledge acquired into practice and be well coordinated in disaster management The Head of Operations NEMA in the state Mr Ladan Ayuba also urged members of the committee to take their responsibility of providing reliable information seriously He commended the state government for the initiative adding it would enhance disaster assessment and response The Head International Organisation for Migration IOM in Adamawa Mr Maliki Hamidi reitrated readiness to provide technical support to the committees to enhance quality service delivery at grassroots Also Alhaji Salisu Buba Permanent Secretary Local Government Service Commission tasked the committees to be dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities This he said would go a long way to save lives and property of the people RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adamawa Govt. constitutes 21 disaster emergency committees
     Adamawa Government has inaugurated 21 Local Emergency Committee to enhance disaster management and response services at the grassroots The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committees were inaugurated at the end of a two day capacity building workshop on Thursday in Yola The theme of the workshop is Effective Collaboration in Management of Disasters at the Local Level Inaugurating the committees Dr Suleiman Muhammad Executive Secretary Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency ADSEMA said that 189 members of the committees were drawn across 21 local government areas of the state He described the inauguration as timely noting that the 2022 flood predicted by Nigeria Metrological Agency NiMet is not yet over The committee will be responsible for recovery during disasters they will respond to disasters in a coordinated manner at the local level The primary responsibility of any responsible government is to protect lives and property of its citizens We are here to inaugurate you as committee on how to handle disasters at the local level he said and charged them to use the knowledge acquired into practice and be well coordinated in disaster management The Head of Operations NEMA in the state Mr Ladan Ayuba also urged members of the committee to take their responsibility of providing reliable information seriously He commended the state government for the initiative adding it would enhance disaster assessment and response The Head International Organisation for Migration IOM in Adamawa Mr Maliki Hamidi reitrated readiness to provide technical support to the committees to enhance quality service delivery at grassroots Also Alhaji Salisu Buba Permanent Secretary Local Government Service Commission tasked the committees to be dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities This he said would go a long way to save lives and property of the people RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Adamawa Govt. constitutes 21 disaster emergency committees
    General news4 weeks ago

    Adamawa Govt. constitutes 21 disaster emergency committees

    Adamawa Government has inaugurated 21 Local Emergency Committee to enhance disaster management and response services at the grassroots.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committees were inaugurated at the end of a two-day capacity building workshop, on Thursday in Yola. The theme of the workshop is: “Effective Collaboration in Management of Disasters at the Local Level.

    ” Inaugurating the committees, Dr Suleiman Muhammad, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said that 189 members of the committees were drawn across 21 local  government areas of the state.

    He described the inauguration as timely, noting that the 2022 flood predicted by Nigeria Metrological Agency (NiMet) is not yet over.

    “The committee will be responsible for recovery during disasters, they will respond to disasters in a coordinated manner at the local level.

    “The primary responsibility of any responsible government is to protect lives and property of its citizens.

    “We are here to inaugurate you as committee on how to handle disasters at the local level,” he said, and charged them to use the knowledge acquired into practice and be well coordinated in disaster management.

    The Head of Operations, NEMA in the state, Mr Ladan Ayuba also urged members of the committee to take their responsibility of providing reliable information seriously.

    He commended the state government for the initiative, adding it would enhance disaster assessment and response.

    The Head, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Adamawa, Mr Maliki Hamidi reitrated readiness to provide technical support to the committees to enhance quality service delivery at grassroots.

    Also, Alhaji Salisu Buba, Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission, tasked the committees to be dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.

    This, he said, would go a long way to save lives and property of the people.

    RSA
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   174 Nigerians stranThe National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Tuesday received another batch of 174 Nigerians who had been stranded in Libya as they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency Mr Ibrahim Farinloye told the News Agency of Nigeria of the development in Lagos Farinloye said that the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the airport at 3 45p m aboard a Boeing 737 800 of Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A DMG He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration IOM through a voluntary repatriation programme The acting coordinator said that the programme was meant for distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrating Farinloye said that the returnees comprised 75 male adults 69 female adults 12 male and five female children 10 female infant and three male infants He said that 23 among the returnees had minor medical cases This year alone this flight was the 12th recorded in Lagos that brought returnees from Libya Farinloye said He said that so far about 2 044 Nigerian returnees from Libya had been assisted back to the country through Murtala Muhammad International Airport Ikeja in 2022 The acting coordinator enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for opportunities in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there s no country better than Nigeria Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potential looking for greener pastures in foreign lands is no longer a reality those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands he said Farinloye said that the returnees were received by NEMA along with other sister agencies such as Immigration Service Refugee Commission Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Police YO NewsSourceCredit NAN
    174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home
      174 Nigerians stranThe National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Tuesday received another batch of 174 Nigerians who had been stranded in Libya as they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency Mr Ibrahim Farinloye told the News Agency of Nigeria of the development in Lagos Farinloye said that the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the airport at 3 45p m aboard a Boeing 737 800 of Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A DMG He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration IOM through a voluntary repatriation programme The acting coordinator said that the programme was meant for distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrating Farinloye said that the returnees comprised 75 male adults 69 female adults 12 male and five female children 10 female infant and three male infants He said that 23 among the returnees had minor medical cases This year alone this flight was the 12th recorded in Lagos that brought returnees from Libya Farinloye said He said that so far about 2 044 Nigerian returnees from Libya had been assisted back to the country through Murtala Muhammad International Airport Ikeja in 2022 The acting coordinator enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for opportunities in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there s no country better than Nigeria Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potential looking for greener pastures in foreign lands is no longer a reality those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands he said Farinloye said that the returnees were received by NEMA along with other sister agencies such as Immigration Service Refugee Commission Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Police YO NewsSourceCredit NAN
    174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home
    General news2 months ago

    174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home

    174 Nigerians stranThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday received another batch of 174 Nigerians who had been stranded in Libya as they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

    The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria of the development  in Lagos.

    Farinloye said that the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the airport at 3:45p.

    m. aboard a Boeing 737-800 of Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.

    He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.

    The acting coordinator said that the programme was meant for distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrating.

    Farinloye said that the returnees comprised  75 male adults, 69 female adults, 12 male and five female children, 10 female infant and three male infants.

    He said that 23 among the returnees had minor medical cases.

    “This year alone, this flight was the 12th recorded in Lagos that brought returnees from Libya,” Farinloye said.

    He said that so far, about 2, 044 Nigerian returnees from Libya had been assisted back to the country through Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja in 2022..

    The acting coordinator enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for opportunities in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.

    “We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria.

    ” Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potential; looking for greener pastures in foreign lands is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.

    ” You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.

    “There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.

    Farinloye said that the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as: Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Police.

    YO
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi Coordinator Kano Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA said that the agency received 13 Nigerians from Khartoum Sudan Abdullahi disclosed this while receiving the returnees in Kano on Tuesday The returnees arrived at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 3 00 p m on Tuesday on an Ethiopian Airline Aircraft with flight number ET343 Abdullahi noted that the returnees were returned to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration IOM initiative on migrant protection and re integration and European Union under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme The returnees were brought back through a voluntary programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek for greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated The returnees included five female adults and eight children three female and five male from Jigawa and Kano According to him the returnees will be trained for four days to be self reliant and will be given grants to enable them to meet expenses of initial settling down The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given food toiletries blankets mosquito nets pampers and clothes each Abdullahi advised Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries adding that no country was better than Nigeria He further explained that the agency between May and July had received 367 stranded Nigerians from Agadez Niger Republic and trained them on various skills acquisition A returnee Amina Ibrahim 60 from Kano State and a mother of four said she travelled to Sudan to search for greener pastures I was a business woman before I left Nigeria with people s N8 million debt with me I went to Sudan to seek for greener pasture thinking that I will be able to get enough money to pay them back and continue with my business In Sudan you have to beg before you can get money to eat I really suffered Ibrahim said NAN reports that the returnees were received by NEMA with other sister security agencies including Nigerian Red Cross SEMA National Commission for Refugees Migrants and IDPs and DSS NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 13 Nigerians from Sudan
     Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi Coordinator Kano Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA said that the agency received 13 Nigerians from Khartoum Sudan Abdullahi disclosed this while receiving the returnees in Kano on Tuesday The returnees arrived at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 3 00 p m on Tuesday on an Ethiopian Airline Aircraft with flight number ET343 Abdullahi noted that the returnees were returned to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration IOM initiative on migrant protection and re integration and European Union under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme The returnees were brought back through a voluntary programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek for greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated The returnees included five female adults and eight children three female and five male from Jigawa and Kano According to him the returnees will be trained for four days to be self reliant and will be given grants to enable them to meet expenses of initial settling down The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given food toiletries blankets mosquito nets pampers and clothes each Abdullahi advised Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries adding that no country was better than Nigeria He further explained that the agency between May and July had received 367 stranded Nigerians from Agadez Niger Republic and trained them on various skills acquisition A returnee Amina Ibrahim 60 from Kano State and a mother of four said she travelled to Sudan to search for greener pastures I was a business woman before I left Nigeria with people s N8 million debt with me I went to Sudan to seek for greener pasture thinking that I will be able to get enough money to pay them back and continue with my business In Sudan you have to beg before you can get money to eat I really suffered Ibrahim said NAN reports that the returnees were received by NEMA with other sister security agencies including Nigerian Red Cross SEMA National Commission for Refugees Migrants and IDPs and DSS NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 13 Nigerians from Sudan
    General news2 months ago

    NEMA receives 13 Nigerians from Sudan

    Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that the agency received 13 Nigerians from Khartoum, Sudan.    

    Abdullahi disclosed this while receiving the returnees in Kano on Tuesday.    

    The returnees arrived at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 3:00 p.

    m. on Tuesday on an Ethiopian Airline Aircraft, with flight number ET343.     Abdullahi noted that the returnees were returned to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) initiative on migrant protection and re-integration and European Union, under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme.    

    “The returnees were brought back through a voluntary programme for the distressed, who had left the country to seek for greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.    

    “The returnees included five female adults and eight children (three female and five male) from Jigawa and Kano.     According to him, the returnees will be trained for four days to be self-reliant and will be given grants to enable them to meet expenses of initial settling down.    

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given food, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets, pampers and clothes each.    

    Abdullahi advised Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries, adding that no country was better than Nigeria.    

    He further explained that the agency, between May and July, had received 367 stranded Nigerians from Agadez (Niger Republic) and trained them on various skills acquisition.    

    A returnee, Amina Ibrahim, 60, from Kano State, and a mother of four, said she travelled to Sudan to search for greener pastures.    

    ” I was a business woman before I left Nigeria with people’s N8 million debt with me.    

    “I went to Sudan to seek for greener pasture, thinking that I will be able to get enough money to pay them back and continue with my business.    

    “In Sudan you have to beg before you can get money to eat.

    I really suffered,” Ibrahim said.    

    NAN reports that the returnees were received by NEMA, with other sister security agencies including Nigerian Red Cross, SEMA, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs and DSS.

    (
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Saturday received another batch of 140 Nigerians stranded from Agadas Niger Republic The NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi confirmed this while receiving the returnees in Kano According to him the returnees were brought back to Kano at about 9 38 p m in three luxury buses under the care of the International Organisation for Migration IOM from Agadas Abdullahi noted that the returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated The returnees included 100 male adults 30 female adults and 10 children six female and four male he said The returnees are from different parts of the country some from Kano Kaduna Katsina Jos Lagos and Cross River among other states The coordinator further explained that the returnees would be trained for four days to be self reliant and be given a grant to start off businesses The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given clothes food toiletries blankets mosquito nets pampers and sanitary pad each He enjoined the returnees to be ambassadors towards advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration Nigerians should avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries as no country is better than Nigeria Abdullahi said A returnee Madam Aisha Lawal from Kaduna State a divorcee and mother of five said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture with one of her kids I was a business woman before I left my husband we are suffering and i have no capital to continue with my business that was why I decided to travel to Libya she said Another returnee Mr Richard Odogwu from Lagos State said before he travelled he was working in a company I was sacked from the company I work to make little money in taking care of my six siblings My parents are dead and I have to take care of my siblings that was why i decided to travel to Libya to search for greener pasture said Odogwu NAN recalls that the agency had between May and June received a total of 227 stranded Nigerians from Agadas The returnees were received by NEMA along with other agencies including Nigeria Red Cross SEMA National Commission for Refugees Migrants and IDPs ascwell as the DSS NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives another 140 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Saturday received another batch of 140 Nigerians stranded from Agadas Niger Republic The NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi confirmed this while receiving the returnees in Kano According to him the returnees were brought back to Kano at about 9 38 p m in three luxury buses under the care of the International Organisation for Migration IOM from Agadas Abdullahi noted that the returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated The returnees included 100 male adults 30 female adults and 10 children six female and four male he said The returnees are from different parts of the country some from Kano Kaduna Katsina Jos Lagos and Cross River among other states The coordinator further explained that the returnees would be trained for four days to be self reliant and be given a grant to start off businesses The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given clothes food toiletries blankets mosquito nets pampers and sanitary pad each He enjoined the returnees to be ambassadors towards advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration Nigerians should avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries as no country is better than Nigeria Abdullahi said A returnee Madam Aisha Lawal from Kaduna State a divorcee and mother of five said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture with one of her kids I was a business woman before I left my husband we are suffering and i have no capital to continue with my business that was why I decided to travel to Libya she said Another returnee Mr Richard Odogwu from Lagos State said before he travelled he was working in a company I was sacked from the company I work to make little money in taking care of my six siblings My parents are dead and I have to take care of my siblings that was why i decided to travel to Libya to search for greener pasture said Odogwu NAN recalls that the agency had between May and June received a total of 227 stranded Nigerians from Agadas The returnees were received by NEMA along with other agencies including Nigeria Red Cross SEMA National Commission for Refugees Migrants and IDPs ascwell as the DSS NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives another 140 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic
    General news2 months ago

    NEMA receives another 140 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday received another batch of 140 Nigerians stranded from Agadas, Niger Republic.

    The NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, confirmed this while receiving the returnees in Kano.According to him, the returnees were brought back to Kano at about 9.38 p.

    m in three luxury buses under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from Agadas.

    Abdullahi noted that the returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.

    The returnees included 100 male adults, 30 female adults and 10 children (six female and four male),  he said.

    “The returnees are from different parts of the country, some from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jos, Lagos and Cross River, among other states.

    ”The coordinator further explained that the returnees would be trained for four days to be self-reliant and be given a grant to start off businesses.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given clothes, food, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets, pampers and sanitary pad each.

    He enjoined the returnees to be ambassadors towards advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration.

    “Nigerians should avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries as no country is better than Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.

    A  returnee, Madam Aisha Lawal, from Kaduna State, a divorcee and mother of five, said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture with one of her kids.

    “I was a business woman before I left my husband, we are suffering and i have no capital to continue with my business that was why I decided to travel to Libya,” she said.   

    Another returnee, Mr Richard Odogwu from Lagos State, said before he travelled he was working in a company.    

    “I was sacked from the company I work to make little money in taking care of my six siblings.   

    “My parents are dead and I have to take care of my siblings that was why i decided to travel to Libya to search for greener pasture,” said Odogwu.

    NAN recalls that the agency had between May and June received a total of 227 stranded Nigerians from Agadas.  

    The returnees were received by NEMA along with other agencies, including Nigeria Red Cross, SEMA, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs ascwell as the DSS.

    (
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The International Organisation for Migration IOM a UN organ on Thursday urges journalists to curb misinformation leading to torturous journeys for migrants in the country through their reportage The Chief of Mission IOM UN Migration Prestage Murima gave the advice in Abuja during an award ceremony on reporting migration The News Agency Of Nigeria reports that the award ceremony was the outcome of a process that began on April 7 with the call for enteries on topics related to irregular migration and migrant protection Speaking at the ceremony Murima said that journalists play a very significant role in telling positive stories about the lives of people living within and outside Nigeria The media has an influential role in shaping public opinion about migration and changing the narrative about the lives of Nigerians by reporting positive stories that there is still hope for the country It is seen that every year many Nigerian migrants embark on torturous journeys as they leave their country in searching of a better future abroad Fake news misinformation and stigmatisation have been witnessed before during and after the pandemic which makes the role of evidence based journalism more essential We believe that issues such as stigmatisation misinformation and vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation can be tackled via the mass media the chief of mission said Murima noted that many migrants fall prey to traffickers and smugglers due to a lack of information on safe alternatives to irregular migration Migrants traveling via irregular routes face risks such as trafficking in persons TiF extortion physical abuse torture forced labour rape and even death Trusted and accurate information and awareness raising are powerful tools to help potential migrants make informed and life saving decisions With the support of the media the IOM is making efforts to address some of the challenges faced by migrants returnees internally displaced persons refugees and potential migrants she said Furthermore Mr Narulita Ayu IOM s Project Officer represented by Paradang Gogwim a Senior Project Assistant said that it is important for journalists to promote the mental health of migrants through their reportage Migrants can be exposed to various stress factors which will affect their mental health and well being before and during their migration journey The mental health needs of migrants and refugees should be addressed by reporting positive stories As much as migrants want their stories and life experiences to be told to build courage and make their voices heard we should aslo report strength positivity and resilience rather than weaknesses and negativity Gogwim said Mr Chinedu Ekeja a journalist and one of the awardees expressed appreciation to IOM for his selection and promised to keep reporting positive stories NAN reports that 52 entries were received from journalists out of which 12 of the reporters from radio television online and print media received awards for best entries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IOM urges journalists to curb misinformation leading to torturous journeys for migrants
     The International Organisation for Migration IOM a UN organ on Thursday urges journalists to curb misinformation leading to torturous journeys for migrants in the country through their reportage The Chief of Mission IOM UN Migration Prestage Murima gave the advice in Abuja during an award ceremony on reporting migration The News Agency Of Nigeria reports that the award ceremony was the outcome of a process that began on April 7 with the call for enteries on topics related to irregular migration and migrant protection Speaking at the ceremony Murima said that journalists play a very significant role in telling positive stories about the lives of people living within and outside Nigeria The media has an influential role in shaping public opinion about migration and changing the narrative about the lives of Nigerians by reporting positive stories that there is still hope for the country It is seen that every year many Nigerian migrants embark on torturous journeys as they leave their country in searching of a better future abroad Fake news misinformation and stigmatisation have been witnessed before during and after the pandemic which makes the role of evidence based journalism more essential We believe that issues such as stigmatisation misinformation and vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation can be tackled via the mass media the chief of mission said Murima noted that many migrants fall prey to traffickers and smugglers due to a lack of information on safe alternatives to irregular migration Migrants traveling via irregular routes face risks such as trafficking in persons TiF extortion physical abuse torture forced labour rape and even death Trusted and accurate information and awareness raising are powerful tools to help potential migrants make informed and life saving decisions With the support of the media the IOM is making efforts to address some of the challenges faced by migrants returnees internally displaced persons refugees and potential migrants she said Furthermore Mr Narulita Ayu IOM s Project Officer represented by Paradang Gogwim a Senior Project Assistant said that it is important for journalists to promote the mental health of migrants through their reportage Migrants can be exposed to various stress factors which will affect their mental health and well being before and during their migration journey The mental health needs of migrants and refugees should be addressed by reporting positive stories As much as migrants want their stories and life experiences to be told to build courage and make their voices heard we should aslo report strength positivity and resilience rather than weaknesses and negativity Gogwim said Mr Chinedu Ekeja a journalist and one of the awardees expressed appreciation to IOM for his selection and promised to keep reporting positive stories NAN reports that 52 entries were received from journalists out of which 12 of the reporters from radio television online and print media received awards for best entries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IOM urges journalists to curb misinformation leading to torturous journeys for migrants
    Foreign2 months ago

    IOM urges journalists to curb misinformation leading to torturous journeys for migrants

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a UN organ on Thursday urges journalists to curb misinformation leading to torturous journeys for migrants in the country through their reportage.

    The Chief of Mission, IOM-UN Migration, Prestage Murima, gave the advice in Abuja during an award ceremony on reporting migration.

    The News Agency Of Nigeria reports that the award ceremony was the outcome of a process that began on April 7 with the call for enteries on topics related to irregular migration and migrant protection.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Murima said that journalists play a very significant role in telling positive stories about the lives of people living within and outside Nigeria.

    “The media has an influential role in shaping public opinion about migration and changing the narrative about the lives of Nigerians by reporting positive stories that there is still hope for the country.

    “It is seen that every year many Nigerian migrants embark on torturous journeys as they leave their country in searching of a better future abroad.

    “Fake news, misinformation, and stigmatisation have been witnessed before, during, and after the pandemic which makes the role of evidence-based journalism more essential.

    “We believe that issues such as stigmatisation, misinformation, and vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation can be tackled via the mass media,” the chief of mission said.

    Murima noted that many migrants fall prey to traffickers and smugglers due to a lack of information on safe alternatives to irregular migration.

    “Migrants traveling via irregular routes face risks such as trafficking in persons (TiF), extortion, physical abuse, torture, forced labour, rape, and even death.

    “Trusted and accurate information and awareness raising are powerful tools to help potential migrants make informed and life-saving decisions.

    “With the support of the media, the IOM is making efforts to address some of the challenges faced by migrants, returnees, internally displaced persons, refugees, and potential migrants.

    ” she said.

    Furthermore Mr Narulita Ayu, IOM’s Project Officer, represented by Paradang Gogwim, a Senior Project Assistant said that it is important for journalists to promote the mental health of migrants through their reportage.

    “Migrants can be exposed to various stress factors which will affect their mental health and well-being before and during their migration journey.

    “The mental health needs of migrants and refugees should be addressed by reporting positive stories.

    “As much as migrants want their stories and life experiences to be told to build courage and make their voices heard we should aslo report strength, positivity, and resilience rather than weaknesses and negativity,” Gogwim said. 

    Mr Chinedu Ekeja, a journalist and one of the awardees expressed appreciation to IOM for his  selection and promised to keep reporting positive stories.

    NAN reports that 52 entries were received from journalists, out of which 12 of the reporters from radio, television, online, and print media received awards for best entries. 

    ()(

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Wednesday received another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos The Director General of NEMA Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency Mr Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians were received at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 23 58 p m with Boeing 737 800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A DMG He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration IOM through a voluntary repatriation programme He said that the programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated Farinloye said that the returnees are 77 male adults 64 female adults 11 male and 12 female child five female infant and six male infant were brought back to the country He said that among those brought into the country two female and 2 male had medical issues Farinloye enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for ample opportunities abound in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals He however appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they must have been exposed to from the country of departure in their homeland in order to best of our potentials in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there s no country better than Nigeria Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potentials looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands he said He said that the returnees were received by NEMA along with other sister agencies such as Immigration Service Refugee Commission Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN and the Nigerian Police NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Wednesday received another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos The Director General of NEMA Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency Mr Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians were received at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 23 58 p m with Boeing 737 800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A DMG He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration IOM through a voluntary repatriation programme He said that the programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated Farinloye said that the returnees are 77 male adults 64 female adults 11 male and 12 female child five female infant and six male infant were brought back to the country He said that among those brought into the country two female and 2 male had medical issues Farinloye enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for ample opportunities abound in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals He however appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they must have been exposed to from the country of departure in their homeland in order to best of our potentials in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there s no country better than Nigeria Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potentials looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands he said He said that the returnees were received by NEMA along with other sister agencies such as Immigration Service Refugee Commission Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria FAAN and the Nigerian Police NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    General news2 months ago

    NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday received another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians were received  at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 23:58 p.m with Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.He said that the programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.Farinloye said that the returnees are 77 male adults, 64 female adults, 11 male and 12 female child, five female infant and six male infant were brought back to the country.He said that among those brought into the country, two female and 2 male had medical issues.Farinloye enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for ample opportunities abound in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.He, however, appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they must have been exposed to from the country of departure in their homeland in order to best of our potentials in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.” We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria.” Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potentials, looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.” You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.” There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.He said that the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as: Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Police.NewsSourceCredit: NAN