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  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has received another batch of 117 Nigerians assisted back from Libya The agency said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos NEMA said the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport Cargo Wing Ikeja on board of Al Buraq Air Boeing 737 800 at 4 20 p m on Tuesday evening The returnees NEMA said include 90 males 23 females and four infants who were assisted back to the country by the International Organization for Migration IOM Amb Kabiru Musa Charg D affaires en titre of the Nigerian Mission to Libya had earlier in a statement announced the departure of the returnees for Nigeria He said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja Musa said that the Federal Government was collaborating with the IOM on the evacuation The evacuation exercise came barely a week after the Nigerian Mission in Tripoli successfully evacuated 137 stranded Nigerians from Libya Musa said amongst the 117 fresh evacuees were 48 persons who were released from Libyan detention facilities The Federal government is committed to ensuring that no Nigerian is left stranded in a foreign country The Nigerian Mission in Tripoli will continue to work with the Libyan Authorities to ensure none of our citizens are unjustly detained and will ensure their voluntary repatriation Musa had said He had said that personnel from relevant agencies would be on ground to receive the evacuees upon their arrival in Lagos http NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 117 Nigerians assisted back from Libya
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has received another batch of 117 Nigerians assisted back from Libya The agency said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos NEMA said the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport Cargo Wing Ikeja on board of Al Buraq Air Boeing 737 800 at 4 20 p m on Tuesday evening The returnees NEMA said include 90 males 23 females and four infants who were assisted back to the country by the International Organization for Migration IOM Amb Kabiru Musa Charg D affaires en titre of the Nigerian Mission to Libya had earlier in a statement announced the departure of the returnees for Nigeria He said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja Musa said that the Federal Government was collaborating with the IOM on the evacuation The evacuation exercise came barely a week after the Nigerian Mission in Tripoli successfully evacuated 137 stranded Nigerians from Libya Musa said amongst the 117 fresh evacuees were 48 persons who were released from Libyan detention facilities The Federal government is committed to ensuring that no Nigerian is left stranded in a foreign country The Nigerian Mission in Tripoli will continue to work with the Libyan Authorities to ensure none of our citizens are unjustly detained and will ensure their voluntary repatriation Musa had said He had said that personnel from relevant agencies would be on ground to receive the evacuees upon their arrival in Lagos http NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 117 Nigerians assisted back from Libya
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    NEMA receives 117 Nigerians assisted back from Libya

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 117 Nigerians assisted back from Libya.

    The agency said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

    NEMA said the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Cargo Wing, Ikeja on board of Al Buraq Air Boeing 737-800 at 4.20 p.

    m on Tuesday evening.

    The returnees, NEMA said, include 90 males, 23 females and four infants who were assisted back to the country by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    Amb. Kabiru Musa, Chargé D’affaires en titre of the Nigerian Mission to Libya, had earlier in a statement announced the departure of the returnees for Nigeria.

    He said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Musa said that the Federal Government was collaborating with the IOM on the evacuation.

    The evacuation exercise came barely a week after the Nigerian Mission in Tripoli successfully evacuated 137 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

    Musa said amongst the 117 fresh evacuees were 48 persons who were released from Libyan detention facilities.

    “The Federal government is committed to ensuring that no Nigerian is left stranded in a foreign country.

    “The Nigerian Mission in Tripoli will continue to work with the Libyan Authorities to ensure none of our citizens are unjustly detained and will ensure their voluntary repatriation,” Musa had said.

    He had said that personnel from relevant agencies would be on ground to receive the evacuees upon their arrival in Lagos (http:.


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  •   The African Union AU in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration IOM and the Republic of Rwanda launched the 7th Pan African Forum on Migration PAFOM in Kigali under the theme Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Human Mobility in Africa Building Adaptation Strategies and Resilient Communities on October 18 2022 to provide more focused engagement with all relevant migration stakeholders including Regional Economic Communities RECs AU Member States ambassadors the private sector academia parliamentarians the diaspora community and civil society organizations in Africa and discuss among other ways how to strengthen continental regional and national consultation mechanisms on migration to enhance collaboration among the member states of the African Union for sustainable migration governance in Africa and serves as a platform way for participants to share experiences and best practices on the impact of climate change displacement and migration especially in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic and make relevant recommendations on early warning preparedness and adaptation strategies including return and reintegration in communities of origin The 7th PAFOM also provides a wonderful opportunity for member states to develop a common understanding on the impact of climate induced migration as they prepare for COP 27 in Cairo Egypt in November 2022 The Seniors Meeting Officials of the Pan African Forum on Migration was officially opened by Ms Clementine Mukeka Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda who welcomed the forum participants on behalf of the Government and people of Rwanda In addition she urged the member state participants to take the opportunity to reiterate commitments and strengthen collaborations as a continent and develop strategies that work for the continent In her opening speech Ag The Director of the Department of Social Development Culture and Sports Ms Angela Martins thanked the Government of Rwanda for organizing the meeting and supporting the participants and guests who attended the Forum He also thanked all the delegates the AU partners specifically the IOM the ILO and the IFRC who have been very helpful in supporting the AU Commission in organizing the meeting and for their generous contribution so that this meeting a success He further highlighted PAFOM as a continental interstate dialogue mechanism that brings together different stakeholders to deliberate on current issues of migration governance that affect the continent and provides an opportunity to share experiences best practices and also to develop a continental approach on migration governance issues on the continent He acknowledged that climate change is emerging as one of the key drivers of migration in Africa and that the growing recognition of the nexus between migration and climate change has triggered many debates and policy debates in Africa and reflects the growing concern around to the impact of climate change change in the configuration of human mobility on the one hand and on a broader front how these phenomena have impacts on socio economic development human well being and security in Africa Ms Angela Martin underscored the commitment of the African Union Commission AUC to continue supporting member states by providing technical support in policy development and implementation These policy initiatives among others include the AU Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan 2022 2032 the Migration Policy Framework for Africa MPFA the Africa Climate Mobility Initiative ACMI the Integrated African Weather Strategy Weather and Climate Services and the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods which commits to enhancing the resilience of livelihoods and production The opening session was also delivered by Ms Aissata Kane Senior Regional Advisor to the IOM Director General who highlighted the effect of climate change environmental degradation and disasters on displacement In 2021 there were 23 7 million internal displacements related to disasters Global projections show that up to 216 million people could move internally within their countries by 2050 Sub Saharan Africa could receive up to 85 7 million climate migrants 4 2 percent of its total population said Ms Aissata Kane She called for increased actions to prevent minimize and address climate change related displacement and to facilitate safe orderly and regular migration pathways A final meeting report detailing key actionable commitments and policy recommendations for implementation by member states and other stakeholders on ways to address the impact of climate change on migration and displacement governance will be presented to the consideration of the relevant Migration and Climate Ministers October 21 session
    Addressing the impact of climate change on human mobility at the center of deliberations at the Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) in Kigali
      The African Union AU in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration IOM and the Republic of Rwanda launched the 7th Pan African Forum on Migration PAFOM in Kigali under the theme Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Human Mobility in Africa Building Adaptation Strategies and Resilient Communities on October 18 2022 to provide more focused engagement with all relevant migration stakeholders including Regional Economic Communities RECs AU Member States ambassadors the private sector academia parliamentarians the diaspora community and civil society organizations in Africa and discuss among other ways how to strengthen continental regional and national consultation mechanisms on migration to enhance collaboration among the member states of the African Union for sustainable migration governance in Africa and serves as a platform way for participants to share experiences and best practices on the impact of climate change displacement and migration especially in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic and make relevant recommendations on early warning preparedness and adaptation strategies including return and reintegration in communities of origin The 7th PAFOM also provides a wonderful opportunity for member states to develop a common understanding on the impact of climate induced migration as they prepare for COP 27 in Cairo Egypt in November 2022 The Seniors Meeting Officials of the Pan African Forum on Migration was officially opened by Ms Clementine Mukeka Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda who welcomed the forum participants on behalf of the Government and people of Rwanda In addition she urged the member state participants to take the opportunity to reiterate commitments and strengthen collaborations as a continent and develop strategies that work for the continent In her opening speech Ag The Director of the Department of Social Development Culture and Sports Ms Angela Martins thanked the Government of Rwanda for organizing the meeting and supporting the participants and guests who attended the Forum He also thanked all the delegates the AU partners specifically the IOM the ILO and the IFRC who have been very helpful in supporting the AU Commission in organizing the meeting and for their generous contribution so that this meeting a success He further highlighted PAFOM as a continental interstate dialogue mechanism that brings together different stakeholders to deliberate on current issues of migration governance that affect the continent and provides an opportunity to share experiences best practices and also to develop a continental approach on migration governance issues on the continent He acknowledged that climate change is emerging as one of the key drivers of migration in Africa and that the growing recognition of the nexus between migration and climate change has triggered many debates and policy debates in Africa and reflects the growing concern around to the impact of climate change change in the configuration of human mobility on the one hand and on a broader front how these phenomena have impacts on socio economic development human well being and security in Africa Ms Angela Martin underscored the commitment of the African Union Commission AUC to continue supporting member states by providing technical support in policy development and implementation These policy initiatives among others include the AU Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan 2022 2032 the Migration Policy Framework for Africa MPFA the Africa Climate Mobility Initiative ACMI the Integrated African Weather Strategy Weather and Climate Services and the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods which commits to enhancing the resilience of livelihoods and production The opening session was also delivered by Ms Aissata Kane Senior Regional Advisor to the IOM Director General who highlighted the effect of climate change environmental degradation and disasters on displacement In 2021 there were 23 7 million internal displacements related to disasters Global projections show that up to 216 million people could move internally within their countries by 2050 Sub Saharan Africa could receive up to 85 7 million climate migrants 4 2 percent of its total population said Ms Aissata Kane She called for increased actions to prevent minimize and address climate change related displacement and to facilitate safe orderly and regular migration pathways A final meeting report detailing key actionable commitments and policy recommendations for implementation by member states and other stakeholders on ways to address the impact of climate change on migration and displacement governance will be presented to the consideration of the relevant Migration and Climate Ministers October 21 session
    Addressing the impact of climate change on human mobility at the center of deliberations at the Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) in Kigali
    Africa2 months ago

    Addressing the impact of climate change on human mobility at the center of deliberations at the Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM) in Kigali

    The African Union (AU) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Republic of Rwanda launched the 7th Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFOM), in Kigali, under the theme: “Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Human Mobility in Africa: Building Adaptation Strategies and Resilient Communities” on October 18, 2022, to provide more focused engagement with all relevant migration stakeholders, including Regional Economic Communities (RECs), AU Member States , ambassadors, the private sector, academia, parliamentarians, the diaspora community and civil society organizations in Africa and discuss, among other ways, how to strengthen continental, regional and national consultation mechanisms on migration to enhance collaboration among the member states of the African Union, for sustainable migration governance in Africa, and serves as a platform way for participants to share experiences and best practices on the impact of climate change, displacement and migration; especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and make relevant recommendations on early warning, preparedness and adaptation strategies, including return and reintegration in communities of origin.

    The 7th PAFOM also provides a wonderful opportunity for member states to develop a common understanding on the impact of climate-induced migration, as they prepare for COP 27 in Cairo, Egypt, in November 2022.

    The Seniors Meeting Officials of the Pan-African Forum on Migration was officially opened by Ms. Clementine Mukeka, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, who welcomed the forum participants on behalf of the Government and people of Rwanda .

    In addition, she urged the member state participants to take the opportunity to reiterate commitments and strengthen collaborations as a continent and develop strategies that work for the continent.

    In her opening speech, Ag. The Director of the Department of Social Development, Culture and Sports, Ms. Angela Martins, thanked the Government of Rwanda for organizing the meeting and supporting the participants and guests who attended the Forum.

    He also thanked all the delegates, the AU partners, specifically the IOM, the ILO and the IFRC who have been very helpful in supporting the AU Commission in organizing the meeting and for their generous contribution so that this meeting a success.

    He further highlighted PAFOM as a continental interstate dialogue mechanism that brings together different stakeholders to deliberate on current issues of migration governance that affect the continent and provides an opportunity to share experiences, best practices and also to develop a continental approach.

    on migration governance issues on the continent.

    He acknowledged that climate change is emerging as one of the key drivers of migration in Africa, and that the growing recognition of the nexus between migration and climate change has triggered many debates and policy debates in Africa and reflects the growing concern around to the impact of climate change.

    change in the configuration of human mobility, on the one hand, and on a broader front, how these phenomena have impacts on socio-economic development, human well-being and security in Africa.

    “.

    Ms. Angela Martin underscored the commitment of the African Union Commission (AUC) to continue supporting member states by providing technical support in policy development and implementation.

    These policy initiatives, among others, include: the AU Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032); the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA); the Africa Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI); the Integrated African Weather Strategy (Weather and Climate Services); and the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods which commits to “enhancing the resilience of livelihoods and production.

    The opening session was also delivered by Ms. Aissata Kane, Senior Regional Advisor to the IOM Director General, who highlighted the effect of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters on displacement.

    “In 2021 there were 23.7 million internal displacements related to disasters.

    Global projections show that up to 216 million people could move internally within their countries by 2050.

    Sub-Saharan Africa could receive up to 85.7 million climate migrants (4.2 percent of its total population),” said Ms. Aissata Kane. She called for increased actions to prevent, minimize and address climate change-related displacement and to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration pathways.

    A final meeting report detailing key actionable commitments and policy recommendations for implementation by member states and other stakeholders on ways to address the impact of climate change on migration and displacement governance will be presented to the consideration of the relevant Migration and Climate Ministers.

    October 21 session.

  •  The International Organisation for Migration IOM launched a crisis hotline on Wednesday offering psychological help to Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania Eitvydas Bingelis head of the IOM office in Vilnius said that under a central telephone number war refugees in the Baltic EU and NATO countries were able to receive free emotional support daily from 10 am to 8 pm The hotline was set up with the help of professional psychologists from Ukraine according to the IOM He said that fleeing refugees from Ukraine need not only material but also emotional support and is glad that his organisation can provide professional help to Ukrainians in their native language Since the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine on Feb 24 some 68 300 refugees have arrived in Lithuania so far NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO launches crisis hotline for Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania
     The International Organisation for Migration IOM launched a crisis hotline on Wednesday offering psychological help to Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania Eitvydas Bingelis head of the IOM office in Vilnius said that under a central telephone number war refugees in the Baltic EU and NATO countries were able to receive free emotional support daily from 10 am to 8 pm The hotline was set up with the help of professional psychologists from Ukraine according to the IOM He said that fleeing refugees from Ukraine need not only material but also emotional support and is glad that his organisation can provide professional help to Ukrainians in their native language Since the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine on Feb 24 some 68 300 refugees have arrived in Lithuania so far NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO launches crisis hotline for Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania
    Foreign2 months ago

    NGO launches crisis hotline for Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) launched a crisis hotline on Wednesday offering psychological help to Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania.

    Eitvydas Bingelis, head of the IOM office in Vilnius, said that under a central telephone number, war refugees in the Baltic, EU, and NATO countries were able to receive free emotional support daily from 10 am to 8 pm.

    The hotline was set up with the help of professional psychologists from Ukraine, according to the IOM.

    He said that fleeing refugees from Ukraine “need not only material but also emotional support,” and is glad that his organisation can provide professional help to Ukrainians in their native language.

    Since the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine on Feb. 24, some 68,300 refugees have arrived in Lithuania so far.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP in Abuja reiterated its commitment to protect human trafficking victims and prosecute perpetrators of the crime Dr Fatima Waziri Azi the Director General NAPTIP disclosed this at the 2022 European Union EU Anti Trafficking Day organised by Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy FIIAPP Waziri Azi who was represented by a Deputy Director Public Enlightenment unit of the agency Mr Ganiyu Agaran said the agency would ensure that human trafficking victims were protected from fraudsters She said perpetrators would also be prosecuted adding that government would ensure that victims were properly reintegrated rehabilitated with their needs taken care of According to her ever since the ratification of the transnational organised crime convention with its three attached protocols on trafficking in persons smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms the country had been on its feet The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has taken a very positive dimension the country has since been at the forefront of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration in Africa This has achieved great milestones with support from the EU members who have supported the UN system here in the country and other international development partners like UNODC IOM ICMPD Expertise France FIIAPP and ECOWAS I commend the EU in Nigeria through FIIAPP for putting today s event together as a way of reminding us of the present danger that trafficking in persons and irregular migration poses in our developmental efforts Waziri Azi said human trafficking and irregular migration were age long global pandemic that posed serious risks with viral consequences that fueled other crimes like drug trafficking and even money laundering She said innocent women and children representing the future of any society were the major victims of human trafficking but this heinous crime deprives them of their freedom and dignity The EU team leader in Nigeria Mr Reuben Alba called for mobilisation of more resources to tackle the crime of human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria He said that record showed that there were 21 million out of school children in Nigeria and that nine million of them were vulnerable victims of human trafficking Alba said that crime against humanity was about selling people and that this had destroyed what many have laboured for He said that stakeholders must continue to track down those eager to make profit from the crime of selling their fellow human beings Mr Jose Antonio Nsang the FIIAPP Institutional Coordinator said his organisaion would continue to support NAPTIP and other civil society organisations with capacity building to do their job better According to him human trafficking criminals are everywhere and that law enforcement agencies must employ technology devices to do their work in the fight against human trafficking He said that the programme marking the 2022 EU Anti Trafficking day was a call to remind all organisations working against crime against humanity of their responsibilities Mr Osita Osemene Head of Programme and National Secretary Network of All Civil Society against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour NACTAL said that EU had done well in ensuring that prevention on issues of human trafficking was achieved to a great extent in Nigeria According to him EU is organising the day s event to ensure that partners scale up their voices against the scourge and to ensure they all come together in form of collaboration He disclosed that NACTAL was carrying out sensitisation Programmes throughout the states in Nigeria to commemorate the EU Anti Trafficking day The awareness is high we are trying to measure up with what the traffickers are doing and we are trying to build a system that will be proactive We are trying to create a structure that will enable us win the war he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP promises to protect victims, prosecute perpetrators
     The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP in Abuja reiterated its commitment to protect human trafficking victims and prosecute perpetrators of the crime Dr Fatima Waziri Azi the Director General NAPTIP disclosed this at the 2022 European Union EU Anti Trafficking Day organised by Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy FIIAPP Waziri Azi who was represented by a Deputy Director Public Enlightenment unit of the agency Mr Ganiyu Agaran said the agency would ensure that human trafficking victims were protected from fraudsters She said perpetrators would also be prosecuted adding that government would ensure that victims were properly reintegrated rehabilitated with their needs taken care of According to her ever since the ratification of the transnational organised crime convention with its three attached protocols on trafficking in persons smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms the country had been on its feet The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has taken a very positive dimension the country has since been at the forefront of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration in Africa This has achieved great milestones with support from the EU members who have supported the UN system here in the country and other international development partners like UNODC IOM ICMPD Expertise France FIIAPP and ECOWAS I commend the EU in Nigeria through FIIAPP for putting today s event together as a way of reminding us of the present danger that trafficking in persons and irregular migration poses in our developmental efforts Waziri Azi said human trafficking and irregular migration were age long global pandemic that posed serious risks with viral consequences that fueled other crimes like drug trafficking and even money laundering She said innocent women and children representing the future of any society were the major victims of human trafficking but this heinous crime deprives them of their freedom and dignity The EU team leader in Nigeria Mr Reuben Alba called for mobilisation of more resources to tackle the crime of human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria He said that record showed that there were 21 million out of school children in Nigeria and that nine million of them were vulnerable victims of human trafficking Alba said that crime against humanity was about selling people and that this had destroyed what many have laboured for He said that stakeholders must continue to track down those eager to make profit from the crime of selling their fellow human beings Mr Jose Antonio Nsang the FIIAPP Institutional Coordinator said his organisaion would continue to support NAPTIP and other civil society organisations with capacity building to do their job better According to him human trafficking criminals are everywhere and that law enforcement agencies must employ technology devices to do their work in the fight against human trafficking He said that the programme marking the 2022 EU Anti Trafficking day was a call to remind all organisations working against crime against humanity of their responsibilities Mr Osita Osemene Head of Programme and National Secretary Network of All Civil Society against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour NACTAL said that EU had done well in ensuring that prevention on issues of human trafficking was achieved to a great extent in Nigeria According to him EU is organising the day s event to ensure that partners scale up their voices against the scourge and to ensure they all come together in form of collaboration He disclosed that NACTAL was carrying out sensitisation Programmes throughout the states in Nigeria to commemorate the EU Anti Trafficking day The awareness is high we are trying to measure up with what the traffickers are doing and we are trying to build a system that will be proactive We are trying to create a structure that will enable us win the war he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP promises to protect victims, prosecute perpetrators
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    Human Trafficking: NAPTIP promises to protect victims, prosecute perpetrators

    The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in Abuja reiterated its commitment to protect human trafficking victims, and prosecute perpetrators of the crime.  

    Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director-General, NAPTIP, disclosed this at the 2022 European Union (EU) Anti-Trafficking Day, organised by Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP).  

    Waziri-Azi, who was represented by a Deputy Director, Public Enlightenment unit of the agency, Mr Ganiyu Agaran, said the agency would ensure that human trafficking victims were protected from fraudsters.  

    She said perpetrators would also be prosecuted, adding that government would ensure that victims were properly reintegrated, rehabilitated with their needs  taken care of.  

    According to her, ever since the ratification of the transnational organised crime convention, with its three attached protocols on trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms, the country had been on its feet.  

    “The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has taken a very positive dimension; the country has since been at the forefront of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration in Africa.  

    “This has achieved great milestones with support from the EU members who have supported the UN system here in the country and other international development partners like UNODC, IOM, ICMPD, Expertise France, FIIAPP and ECOWAS.  

    “I commend the EU in Nigeria, through FIIAPP, for putting today’s event together as a way of reminding us of the present danger that trafficking in persons and irregular migration poses in our developmental efforts.

    ’’   Waziri-Azi said human trafficking and irregular migration were age-long global pandemic that posed serious risks with viral consequences that fueled other crimes like drug trafficking and even money laundering.  

    She said innocent women and children representing the future of any society, were the major victims of human trafficking, “but this heinous crime deprives them of their freedom and dignity’’.  

    The EU team leader in Nigeria, Mr Reuben Alba, called for mobilisation of more resources to tackle the crime of human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria.  

    He said that record showed that there were 21 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, and that nine million of them were vulnerable victims of human trafficking.  

    Alba said that crime against humanity was about selling people, and that this had destroyed what many have laboured for.  

    He said that stakeholders must continue to track down those eager to make profit from the crime of selling their fellow human beings.  

    Mr Jose-Antonio Nsang, the FIIAPP Institutional Coordinator, said his organisaion would continue to support NAPTIP and other civil society organisations with capacity building to do their job better.  

    According to him, human trafficking criminals are everywhere, and that law enforcement agencies must employ technology devices to do their work in the fight against human trafficking.  

    He said that the programme marking the 2022 EU Anti-Trafficking day was a call to remind all organisations working against crime against humanity of their responsibilities.  

    Mr Osita Osemene, Head of Programme and National Secretary, Network of All Civil Society against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), said that EU had done well in ensuring that prevention on issues of human trafficking was achieved to a great extent in Nigeria.  

    According to him, EU is organising the day’s event to ensure that partners scale up their voices against the scourge, and to ensure they all come together in form of collaboration.  

    He disclosed that NACTAL was carrying out sensitisation Programmes throughout the states in Nigeria to commemorate the EU Anti-Trafficking day.

    “The awareness is high, we are trying to measure up with what the traffickers are doing, and we are trying to build a system that will be proactive.

    “We are trying to create a structure that will enable us win the war,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Engineers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS and humanitarian partners managed to repair flood induced levee breaches protecting a camp for internally displaced persons which is home to more than 100 000 people in Bentiu the capital of the South Sudan Unity state Heavy rains last weekend caused sections of the levees to collapse leading to the flooding of the IDP camp Joint efforts by UN peacekeepers humanitarian partners and local community members are now paying off as water levels begin to recede They are also continuing additional work to ensure the local airstrip remains open and functional We continue to strengthen the area that was violated There has been increased monitoring of levees and sandbagging to repair the leak and we are working day and night to reclaim the road that leads to the local airstrip to ensure the provision of life saving services said Nicholas Haysom Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan and Head of UNMISS The International Organization for Migration IOM has also hired levee monitors at the IDP site to help check the levees section by section They also quickly provided three pumps from Juba to Bentiu to help with the recovery of the flooded areas When weaknesses are discovered sandbags are used to temporarily repair them until permanent solutions are implemented by IOM s dedicated expert teams The Mission is now working to repair the roads north of Bentiu to secure the trade route from the north as the southern approach to the town of Bentiu has been submerged by flooding Bentiu has experienced unusually heavy rain in the last four years
    The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian partners fight flooding in Bentiu, South Sudan to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs)
      Engineers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS and humanitarian partners managed to repair flood induced levee breaches protecting a camp for internally displaced persons which is home to more than 100 000 people in Bentiu the capital of the South Sudan Unity state Heavy rains last weekend caused sections of the levees to collapse leading to the flooding of the IDP camp Joint efforts by UN peacekeepers humanitarian partners and local community members are now paying off as water levels begin to recede They are also continuing additional work to ensure the local airstrip remains open and functional We continue to strengthen the area that was violated There has been increased monitoring of levees and sandbagging to repair the leak and we are working day and night to reclaim the road that leads to the local airstrip to ensure the provision of life saving services said Nicholas Haysom Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan and Head of UNMISS The International Organization for Migration IOM has also hired levee monitors at the IDP site to help check the levees section by section They also quickly provided three pumps from Juba to Bentiu to help with the recovery of the flooded areas When weaknesses are discovered sandbags are used to temporarily repair them until permanent solutions are implemented by IOM s dedicated expert teams The Mission is now working to repair the roads north of Bentiu to secure the trade route from the north as the southern approach to the town of Bentiu has been submerged by flooding Bentiu has experienced unusually heavy rain in the last four years
    The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian partners fight flooding in Bentiu, South Sudan to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs)
    Africa2 months ago

    The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian partners fight flooding in Bentiu, South Sudan to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs)

    Engineers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian partners managed to repair flood-induced levee breaches protecting a camp for internally displaced persons, which is home to more than 100,000 people in Bentiu, the capital of the South Sudan.

    Unity state.

    Heavy rains last weekend caused sections of the levees to collapse, leading to the flooding of the IDP camp.

    Joint efforts by UN peacekeepers, humanitarian partners and local community members are now paying off as water levels begin to recede.

    They are also continuing additional work to ensure the local airstrip remains open and functional.

    “We continue to strengthen the area that was violated.

    There has been increased monitoring of levees and sandbagging to repair the leak, and we are working day and night to reclaim the road that leads to the local airstrip to ensure the provision of life-saving services,” said Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of UNMISS.

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also hired levee monitors at the IDP site, to help check the levees section by section.

    They also quickly provided three pumps from Juba to Bentiu to help with the recovery of the flooded areas.

    When weaknesses are discovered, sandbags are used to temporarily repair them, until permanent solutions are implemented by IOM's dedicated expert teams.

    The Mission is now working to repair the roads north of Bentiu to secure the trade route from the north, as the southern approach to the town of Bentiu has been submerged by flooding.

    Bentiu has experienced unusually heavy rain in the last four years.

  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Friday in Kano received another batch of 180 stranded Nigerians from Agadez region of Niger Republic Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office made this known while receiving the returnees in Kano The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were received by the Agency at about 11 30 a m in Kano accompanied by officials of the International Organisation for Migration IOM based in Niger Repubic According to him the returnees have been returned to the country through a voluntary repatriation programme He said the programme is designed to assist distressed persons who left their home country to seek greener pastures elsewhere but could not afford to return as their journeys became frustrated The NEMA official said the returnees comprised 144 males 13 females and 23 children adding that the children included 17 girls and six boys The returnees are from different part of the country some from Lagos Katsina Cross River Kaduna Bauchi and Kano States among others he said He said the returnees would undergo a four day training on how to achieve self sustainability and provided with seed capital to enable them to engage in productive activities We want you to serve as ambassadors who would be sensitising other Nigerians against irregular migration You should avoid endangering your lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries no country is better than your own country Abdullahi said The Agency he said received 380 stranded Nigerians between May and August 2022 repartriated from Niger Republic and Sudan He said the returnees had been exposed to vocational skills and provided with seed capital to enable them to set up their businesses and become self reliant Recounting their ordeals Maryam Mukhtar a widow said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture alongside two of her kids I was employed as housemaid in an Arab house I resisted frequent sex demand from my employer and that s why returned home with help of the IOM she said Another returnee Asabe Danladi said she travelled to Libya in search of greener pastures to enable her fend for her family needs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 180 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on Friday in Kano received another batch of 180 stranded Nigerians from Agadez region of Niger Republic Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office made this known while receiving the returnees in Kano The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were received by the Agency at about 11 30 a m in Kano accompanied by officials of the International Organisation for Migration IOM based in Niger Repubic According to him the returnees have been returned to the country through a voluntary repatriation programme He said the programme is designed to assist distressed persons who left their home country to seek greener pastures elsewhere but could not afford to return as their journeys became frustrated The NEMA official said the returnees comprised 144 males 13 females and 23 children adding that the children included 17 girls and six boys The returnees are from different part of the country some from Lagos Katsina Cross River Kaduna Bauchi and Kano States among others he said He said the returnees would undergo a four day training on how to achieve self sustainability and provided with seed capital to enable them to engage in productive activities We want you to serve as ambassadors who would be sensitising other Nigerians against irregular migration You should avoid endangering your lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries no country is better than your own country Abdullahi said The Agency he said received 380 stranded Nigerians between May and August 2022 repartriated from Niger Republic and Sudan He said the returnees had been exposed to vocational skills and provided with seed capital to enable them to set up their businesses and become self reliant Recounting their ordeals Maryam Mukhtar a widow said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture alongside two of her kids I was employed as housemaid in an Arab house I resisted frequent sex demand from my employer and that s why returned home with help of the IOM she said Another returnee Asabe Danladi said she travelled to Libya in search of greener pastures to enable her fend for her family needs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 180 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic
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    NEMA receives 180 stranded Nigerians from Niger Republic

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday in Kano received another batch of 180 stranded Nigerians from Agadez region of Niger Republic.

    Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, made this known while receiving the returnees in Kano.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were received by the Agency at about 11:30 a.

    m. in Kano, accompanied by officials of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) based in Niger Repubic.

    According to him, the returnees have been returned to the country through a voluntary repatriation programme.

    He said the programme is designed to assist distressed persons who left their home country to seek greener pastures elsewhere but could not afford to return as their journeys became frustrated.

    The NEMA official said the returnees comprised 144 males, 13 females and 23 children, adding that the children included 17 girls and six boys.

    “The returnees are from different part of the country; some from Lagos, Katsina, Cross River, Kaduna, Bauchi and Kano States, among others,” he said.

    He said the returnees would undergo a four-day training on how to achieve self sustainability and provided with seed capital to enable them to engage in productive activities.

    “We want you to serve as ambassadors, who would be sensitising other Nigerians against irregular migration.

    “You  should avoid endangering your lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries, no country is  better than your own country,” Abdullahi said.

    The Agency, he said, received 380 stranded Nigerians between May and August 2022, repartriated from  Niger Republic and Sudan.

    He said the returnees had been exposed to vocational skills and provided with seed capital to enable them to set up their businesses and become self-reliant.

    Recounting their ordeals, Maryam Mukhtar, a widow, said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture alongside two of her kids.

    “I was employed as housemaid in an Arab house, I resisted frequent sex demand from my employer and that’s why returned home with help of the IOM,” she said.

    Another returnee, Asabe Danladi, said she travelled to Libya in search of greener pastures to enable her fend for her family needs. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Nearly one million people IOM DTM North Mozambique Crisis Round 16 are currently displaced in northern Mozambique after fleeing their homes in search of safety due to the conflict that began in Cabo Delgado province in October 2017 Many people have been displaced multiple times needing to abandon their few possessions livelihoods loved ones and communities with each displacement Living through such prolonged conflict with little or no prospect of a stable future has profound consequences for mental health Five years later some communities in Cabo Delgado still live in constant fear and continue to experience trauma and loss Many have witnessed murders others have lost contact with their relatives and still don t know where they are We are separated from our family and from the rest of our people says a community leader from Moc mboa da Praia a district in northern Cabo Delgado He has had to start from scratch over and over again and currently lives in a temporary settlement in the Palma district We re starting to hear now that there are some people in one place and some in another he says Sometimes we hear about a sick family member but we have no way to visit them Sometimes we hear that someone passed away but we can t reach them Every day that passes we get sadder about it Tatiane Francisco director of mental health activities at M decins Sans Fronti res MSF says that acute stress and anxiety due to uncertainty and lack of perspective as well as loss and grief are the main reasons why people look for mental health consultations in our projects The stories that people bring us are of mothers who had to leave their children during an escape and do not know how they are today children who witnessed the death of their parents people who witnessed the death of other family members says she Tatiane When you are constantly under this fear it is difficult to think about the future it is difficult to plan things You are still living in survival mode People have been living in a kind of limbo for years Maria Maleve an elderly woman from Ancuabe arrived in the city of Montepuez in July after an outbreak of violence that uprooted more than 80 000 people OCHA Situation Report Flow of displacement in Cabo Delgado and Nampula Mozambique June 1 to July 21 2022 for a few weeks When the war broke out we all ran in a different direction says Maria I came here alone with a child I found on the way His father was shot to death Her mother was kidnapped I would like the war to end so that we can return to our land Like Maria many people dream of returning home and rebuilding their lives as farmers fishermen and community members However uncertainty fear and trauma make it difficult to return to normal life Right now in different parts of the province there are people both returning to their places of origin and people who are forced to flee and begin to move again says Tatiane There may be no violence where there are some people but for them there is no guarantee that this will not change in the future In other words psychologically the message our bodies get when we still see violence elsewhere is the attacks are still happening and we have no way of predicting where the next one will be says Tatiane On top of that extreme violence often leaves painful psychological scars for those who suffered it Some people have the courage and desire to return to where they are from but others due to the type of events they have experienced prefer not to risk going back until they are sure that things are fine says Josuel Moreira a MSF psychologist in Palma This shows us that both the experiences and the feelings associated with these past experiences are still vivid and people still carry them You can t even call it post traumatic stress the trauma is still there As the conflict in Cabo Delgado continues these mental health issues as well as access to basic services such as health care water food and shelter continue to be a struggle for many MSF teams have been working in response to the crisis in Cabo Delgado since 2019 In 2021 alone more than 52 000 malaria cases were treated almost 3 500 individual mental health consultations were carried out and more than 64 000 people attended group activities mental health Due to the volatile and constantly changing context our teams have had to be flexible agile and adaptable Humanitarian assistance is disproportionately distributed in Cabo Delgado with more assistance being provided in the south of the province which is considered more stable In some of the districts where we work such as Macomia Palma and Moc mboa da Praia often no or very few organizations have a regular presence More needs to be done so that people in hard to reach areas have access to life support Many people lost not only their possessions their families but also their sense of dignity of living as people says Josuel
    Living in fear continues after five years of conflict in Cabo Delgado
      Nearly one million people IOM DTM North Mozambique Crisis Round 16 are currently displaced in northern Mozambique after fleeing their homes in search of safety due to the conflict that began in Cabo Delgado province in October 2017 Many people have been displaced multiple times needing to abandon their few possessions livelihoods loved ones and communities with each displacement Living through such prolonged conflict with little or no prospect of a stable future has profound consequences for mental health Five years later some communities in Cabo Delgado still live in constant fear and continue to experience trauma and loss Many have witnessed murders others have lost contact with their relatives and still don t know where they are We are separated from our family and from the rest of our people says a community leader from Moc mboa da Praia a district in northern Cabo Delgado He has had to start from scratch over and over again and currently lives in a temporary settlement in the Palma district We re starting to hear now that there are some people in one place and some in another he says Sometimes we hear about a sick family member but we have no way to visit them Sometimes we hear that someone passed away but we can t reach them Every day that passes we get sadder about it Tatiane Francisco director of mental health activities at M decins Sans Fronti res MSF says that acute stress and anxiety due to uncertainty and lack of perspective as well as loss and grief are the main reasons why people look for mental health consultations in our projects The stories that people bring us are of mothers who had to leave their children during an escape and do not know how they are today children who witnessed the death of their parents people who witnessed the death of other family members says she Tatiane When you are constantly under this fear it is difficult to think about the future it is difficult to plan things You are still living in survival mode People have been living in a kind of limbo for years Maria Maleve an elderly woman from Ancuabe arrived in the city of Montepuez in July after an outbreak of violence that uprooted more than 80 000 people OCHA Situation Report Flow of displacement in Cabo Delgado and Nampula Mozambique June 1 to July 21 2022 for a few weeks When the war broke out we all ran in a different direction says Maria I came here alone with a child I found on the way His father was shot to death Her mother was kidnapped I would like the war to end so that we can return to our land Like Maria many people dream of returning home and rebuilding their lives as farmers fishermen and community members However uncertainty fear and trauma make it difficult to return to normal life Right now in different parts of the province there are people both returning to their places of origin and people who are forced to flee and begin to move again says Tatiane There may be no violence where there are some people but for them there is no guarantee that this will not change in the future In other words psychologically the message our bodies get when we still see violence elsewhere is the attacks are still happening and we have no way of predicting where the next one will be says Tatiane On top of that extreme violence often leaves painful psychological scars for those who suffered it Some people have the courage and desire to return to where they are from but others due to the type of events they have experienced prefer not to risk going back until they are sure that things are fine says Josuel Moreira a MSF psychologist in Palma This shows us that both the experiences and the feelings associated with these past experiences are still vivid and people still carry them You can t even call it post traumatic stress the trauma is still there As the conflict in Cabo Delgado continues these mental health issues as well as access to basic services such as health care water food and shelter continue to be a struggle for many MSF teams have been working in response to the crisis in Cabo Delgado since 2019 In 2021 alone more than 52 000 malaria cases were treated almost 3 500 individual mental health consultations were carried out and more than 64 000 people attended group activities mental health Due to the volatile and constantly changing context our teams have had to be flexible agile and adaptable Humanitarian assistance is disproportionately distributed in Cabo Delgado with more assistance being provided in the south of the province which is considered more stable In some of the districts where we work such as Macomia Palma and Moc mboa da Praia often no or very few organizations have a regular presence More needs to be done so that people in hard to reach areas have access to life support Many people lost not only their possessions their families but also their sense of dignity of living as people says Josuel
    Living in fear continues after five years of conflict in Cabo Delgado
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    Living in fear continues after five years of conflict in Cabo Delgado

    Nearly one million people (IOM – DTM North Mozambique Crisis – Round 16) are currently displaced in northern Mozambique after fleeing their homes in search of safety, due to the conflict that began in Cabo Delgado province in October 2017.

    Many people have been displaced multiple times, needing to abandon their few possessions, livelihoods, loved ones and communities with each displacement.

    Living through such prolonged conflict, with little or no prospect of a stable future, has profound consequences for mental health.

    Five years later, some communities in Cabo Delgado still live in constant fear and continue to experience trauma and loss.

    Many have witnessed murders; others have lost contact with their relatives and still don't know where they are.

    “We are separated from our family and from the rest of our people,” says a community leader from Mocímboa da Praia, a district in northern Cabo Delgado.

    He has had to start from scratch over and over again, and currently lives in a temporary settlement in the Palma district.

    "We're starting to hear now that there are some people in one place and some in another," he says.

    “Sometimes we hear about a sick family member, but we have no way to visit them.

    Sometimes we hear that someone passed away, but we can't reach them.

    Every day that passes, we get sadder about it.” Tatiane Francisco, director of mental health activities at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says that acute stress and anxiety due to uncertainty and lack of perspective, as well as loss and grief, are the main reasons why people look for mental health consultations in our projects.

    “The stories that people bring us are of mothers who had to leave their children during an escape and do not know how they are today; children who witnessed the death of their parents; people who witnessed the death of other family members, ”says she Tatiane.

    “When you are constantly under this fear, it is difficult to think about the future, it is difficult to plan things.

    You are still living in survival mode.

    People have been living in a kind of limbo for years."

    Maria Maleve, an elderly woman from Ancuabe, arrived in the city of Montepuez in July after an outbreak of violence that uprooted more than 80,000 people (OCHA Situation Report - Flow of displacement in Cabo Delgado and Nampula, Mozambique, June 1 to July 21, 2022) for a few weeks.

    “When the war broke out, we all ran in a different direction,” says Maria.

    “I came here alone, with a child I found on the way.

    His father was shot to death.

    Her mother was kidnapped.

    I would like the war to end so that we can return to our land.” Like Maria, many people dream of returning home and rebuilding their lives as farmers, fishermen and community members.

    However, uncertainty, fear and trauma make it difficult to return to normal life.

    “Right now, in different parts of the province, there are people both returning to their places of origin and people who are forced to flee and begin to move again,” says Tatiane.

    “There may be no violence where there are some people, but for them there is no guarantee that this will not change in the future.” “In other words, psychologically, the message our bodies get when we still see violence elsewhere is 'the attacks are still happening and we have no way of predicting where the next one will be,'” says Tatiane.

    On top of that, extreme violence often leaves painful psychological scars for those who suffered it.

    "Some people have the courage and desire to return to where they are from, but others, due to the type of events they have experienced, prefer not to risk going back until they are sure that things are fine," says Josuel Moreira, a MSF psychologist in Palma.

    “This shows us that both the experiences and the feelings associated with these past experiences are still vivid and people still carry them.

    You can't even call it post-traumatic stress; the trauma is still there.” As the conflict in Cabo Delgado continues, these mental health issues, as well as access to basic services such as health care, water, food and shelter, continue to be a struggle for many.

    MSF teams have been working in response to the crisis in Cabo Delgado since 2019.

    In 2021 alone, more than 52,000 malaria cases were treated, almost 3,500 individual mental health consultations were carried out, and more than 64,000 people attended group activities.

    mental health.

    Due to the volatile and constantly changing context, our teams have had to be flexible, agile and adaptable.

    Humanitarian assistance is disproportionately distributed in Cabo Delgado, with more assistance being provided in the south of the province, which is considered more stable.

    In some of the districts where we work, such as Macomia, Palma and Mocímboa da Praia, often no or very few organizations have a regular presence.

    More needs to be done so that people in hard-to-reach areas have access to life support.

    “Many people lost not only their possessions, their families, but also their sense of dignity, of living as people,” says Josuel.

  •   In response to the situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Niger the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS deployed a high level humanitarian mission in Niamey The mission is led by Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs and is expected to draw up an appropriate recovery and reintegration plan for the migrants The team made up of ECOWAS experts and representatives of the most affected member states Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin has been in Niamey since on September 26 2022 with the support of the International Office for Migration IOM The mission s activities began on Tuesday September 27 with a visit to the Agadez migrant center followed by a meeting in Agadez Governorate with the authorities in charge of the vast region of northern Niger along the borders with Algeria Chad Libya and Mali which is facing a massive flow of migrants expelled from Algeria and Libya to a lesser extent During the visit to the IOM led center in Agadez Prof Fatou Sow Sarr accompanied by HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien ECOWAS Resident Representative in Niger held talks with Niger s Minister of Health Mr Illiassou Mainassara and the Governor of Agadez Region Mr Magagi Maman Dada who also came to learn about the conditions of stay of migrants served by the United Nations agency specializing in migration issues The mission s program also includes a two day roundtable to take place on 28 29 September 2022 between ECOWAS representatives of the most affected Member States IOM and the Nigerien authorities to share points of view and discuss sustainable and effective strategies to ensure adequate care for migrants in Niger as well as their return and reintegration in their country of origin In her opening speech Professor Fatou Sow Sarr expressed concern about the number of women and young children among the migrants and the number of people who lost their lives during their attempt to migrate or during their expulsion from Algeria or Libya She praised the efforts of IOM which is working with the Nigerien authorities to receive the migrants and repatriate them to their respective countries The ECOWAS Commission stands ready to support member states in addressing the challenges related to the irregular migration of citizens from the region concluded Prof Fatou Sow Sarr Speaking at the opening ceremony Niger s Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management Mr Magagi Laouan welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS and its technical and financial partners in particular IOM for their support in management of the migration crisis in the West African region as well as its support to Niger in the care of migrants It should be noted that Commissioner Fatou Sow Sarr and HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien attended the opening of the round table on the financing of Niger s national migration policy 2020 2035 and its first five year action plan chaired by HE Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou Prime Minister of Niger on the morning of Wednesday September 28 2022 At the end of their mission in Niger the experts and representatives of the Member States present in Niger will draw up an action plan and make recommendations to the ECOWAS authorities Member States and partners in order to propose adequate solutions in the short medium and long term for the proper management of transit migration in Niger
    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners come together to find a lasting solution to the plight of migrants stranded in Niger
      In response to the situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Niger the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS deployed a high level humanitarian mission in Niamey The mission is led by Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs and is expected to draw up an appropriate recovery and reintegration plan for the migrants The team made up of ECOWAS experts and representatives of the most affected member states Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin has been in Niamey since on September 26 2022 with the support of the International Office for Migration IOM The mission s activities began on Tuesday September 27 with a visit to the Agadez migrant center followed by a meeting in Agadez Governorate with the authorities in charge of the vast region of northern Niger along the borders with Algeria Chad Libya and Mali which is facing a massive flow of migrants expelled from Algeria and Libya to a lesser extent During the visit to the IOM led center in Agadez Prof Fatou Sow Sarr accompanied by HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien ECOWAS Resident Representative in Niger held talks with Niger s Minister of Health Mr Illiassou Mainassara and the Governor of Agadez Region Mr Magagi Maman Dada who also came to learn about the conditions of stay of migrants served by the United Nations agency specializing in migration issues The mission s program also includes a two day roundtable to take place on 28 29 September 2022 between ECOWAS representatives of the most affected Member States IOM and the Nigerien authorities to share points of view and discuss sustainable and effective strategies to ensure adequate care for migrants in Niger as well as their return and reintegration in their country of origin In her opening speech Professor Fatou Sow Sarr expressed concern about the number of women and young children among the migrants and the number of people who lost their lives during their attempt to migrate or during their expulsion from Algeria or Libya She praised the efforts of IOM which is working with the Nigerien authorities to receive the migrants and repatriate them to their respective countries The ECOWAS Commission stands ready to support member states in addressing the challenges related to the irregular migration of citizens from the region concluded Prof Fatou Sow Sarr Speaking at the opening ceremony Niger s Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management Mr Magagi Laouan welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS and its technical and financial partners in particular IOM for their support in management of the migration crisis in the West African region as well as its support to Niger in the care of migrants It should be noted that Commissioner Fatou Sow Sarr and HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien attended the opening of the round table on the financing of Niger s national migration policy 2020 2035 and its first five year action plan chaired by HE Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou Prime Minister of Niger on the morning of Wednesday September 28 2022 At the end of their mission in Niger the experts and representatives of the Member States present in Niger will draw up an action plan and make recommendations to the ECOWAS authorities Member States and partners in order to propose adequate solutions in the short medium and long term for the proper management of transit migration in Niger
    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners come together to find a lasting solution to the plight of migrants stranded in Niger
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    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners come together to find a lasting solution to the plight of migrants stranded in Niger

    In response to the situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Niger, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deployed a high-level humanitarian mission in Niamey.

    The mission is led by Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, and is expected to draw up an appropriate recovery and reintegration plan for the migrants.

    The team, made up of ECOWAS experts and representatives of the most affected member states (Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Benin), has been in Niamey since on September 26, 2022, with the support of the International Office for Migration (IOM).

    The mission's activities began on Tuesday, September 27, with a visit to the Agadez migrant center, followed by a meeting in Agadez Governorate with the authorities in charge of the vast region of northern Niger along the borders with Algeria, Chad, Libya and Mali, which is facing a massive flow of migrants expelled from Algeria and Libya to a lesser extent.

    During the visit to the IOM-led center in Agadez, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr accompanied by HE N'dri Guillaume Gnamien, ECOWAS Resident Representative in Niger, held talks with Niger's Minister of Health, Mr. Illiassou Mainassara and the Governor of Agadez.

    Region, Mr. Magagi Maman Dada, who also came to learn about the conditions of stay of migrants served by the United Nations agency specializing in migration issues.

    The mission's program also includes a two-day roundtable, to take place on 28-29 September 2022, between ECOWAS, representatives of the most affected Member States, IOM and the Nigerien authorities to share points of view and discuss sustainable and effective strategies to ensure adequate care for migrants in Niger, as well as their return and reintegration in their country of origin.

    In her opening speech, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr expressed concern about the number of women and young children among the migrants and the number of people who lost their lives during their attempt to migrate or during their expulsion from Algeria or Libya.

    She praised the efforts of IOM, which is working with the Nigerien authorities to receive the migrants and repatriate them to their respective countries.

    “The ECOWAS Commission stands ready to support member states in addressing the challenges related to the irregular migration of citizens from the region,” concluded Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Niger's Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, Mr. Magagi Laouan, welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS and its technical and financial partners, in particular IOM, for their support in management of the migration crisis in the West African region.

    as well as its support to Niger in the care of migrants.

    It should be noted that Commissioner Fatou Sow Sarr and HE N'dri Guillaume Gnamien attended the opening of the round table on the financing of Niger's national migration policy 2020-2035 and its first five-year action plan, chaired by HE Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, Prime Minister of Niger, on the morning of Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

    At the end of their mission in Niger, the experts and representatives of the Member States present in Niger will draw up an action plan and make recommendations to the ECOWAS authorities, Member States and partners in order to propose adequate solutions in the short, medium and long term for the proper management of transit migration in Niger.

  •   Lesotho s National Migration Development Policy will serve as the basis for the necessary regulatory framework This was said by the Minister of the Interior Mr Motlalentoa Letsosa at the launch of the Lesotho National Migration Development Policy which took place at the Ministry s premises in Maseru Mr Letsosa said the policy was developed with the help of the International Organization for Migration IOM and other development partners In close consultation with the International Organization for Migration the African Union Commission AUC and the Lesotho National Consultative Committee on Migration and Development NCC which is an inter ministerial and multi sectoral body that has an advisory role for the government in all aspects of migration issues the policy was developed said Mr Letsosa The Minister said that the policy aims to provide a foundation and direction for migration for development to be understood and connected in Lesotho adding that it will address the gap in migration and development policy by providing a framework for action to Nacional level In conclusion he thanked the IOM and the AUC for their unwavering support to the Lesotho government as they are the financial backers of policymaking Also speaking IOM Bureau Chief Ms Eriko Nishimura expressed her gratitude to all who contributed to the policy saying that in the era of migration related policies the Ministry of Labor developed the Policy Lesotho National Labor Migration Policy which was adopted by Cabinet in 2019 Ms Nishimura added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations also developed the Lesotho National Diaspora Policy saying that the National Migration Development Policy is aligned with these other migration policies and frameworks She said Lesotho s National Migration Development Policy will address migration issues noting that it has identified 16 priority border areas and highlighted the changing migration environment tourism and migration and migration and gender She thanked the Home Secretary for her effort in ensuring the policy was adopted saying that this policy will be a guiding tool to maximize the benefits of migration and minimize the impacts of migration Ms Nishimura emphasized that IOM is fully committed to continuing to work with the Lesotho government migrants and the Basotho population to strengthen migration management and achieve development goals through effective migration management in Lesotho The Lesotho National Migration Development Policy was adopted by the Lesotho cabinet two weeks before launch
    Lesotho launches national migration development policy
      Lesotho s National Migration Development Policy will serve as the basis for the necessary regulatory framework This was said by the Minister of the Interior Mr Motlalentoa Letsosa at the launch of the Lesotho National Migration Development Policy which took place at the Ministry s premises in Maseru Mr Letsosa said the policy was developed with the help of the International Organization for Migration IOM and other development partners In close consultation with the International Organization for Migration the African Union Commission AUC and the Lesotho National Consultative Committee on Migration and Development NCC which is an inter ministerial and multi sectoral body that has an advisory role for the government in all aspects of migration issues the policy was developed said Mr Letsosa The Minister said that the policy aims to provide a foundation and direction for migration for development to be understood and connected in Lesotho adding that it will address the gap in migration and development policy by providing a framework for action to Nacional level In conclusion he thanked the IOM and the AUC for their unwavering support to the Lesotho government as they are the financial backers of policymaking Also speaking IOM Bureau Chief Ms Eriko Nishimura expressed her gratitude to all who contributed to the policy saying that in the era of migration related policies the Ministry of Labor developed the Policy Lesotho National Labor Migration Policy which was adopted by Cabinet in 2019 Ms Nishimura added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations also developed the Lesotho National Diaspora Policy saying that the National Migration Development Policy is aligned with these other migration policies and frameworks She said Lesotho s National Migration Development Policy will address migration issues noting that it has identified 16 priority border areas and highlighted the changing migration environment tourism and migration and migration and gender She thanked the Home Secretary for her effort in ensuring the policy was adopted saying that this policy will be a guiding tool to maximize the benefits of migration and minimize the impacts of migration Ms Nishimura emphasized that IOM is fully committed to continuing to work with the Lesotho government migrants and the Basotho population to strengthen migration management and achieve development goals through effective migration management in Lesotho The Lesotho National Migration Development Policy was adopted by the Lesotho cabinet two weeks before launch
    Lesotho launches national migration development policy
    Africa2 months ago

    Lesotho launches national migration development policy

    Lesotho's National Migration Development Policy will serve as the basis for the necessary regulatory framework.

    This was said by the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Motlalentoa Letsosa, at the launch of the Lesotho National Migration Development Policy, which took place at the Ministry's premises in Maseru.

    Mr Letsosa said the policy was developed with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other development partners.

    “In close consultation with the International Organization for Migration, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Lesotho National Consultative Committee on Migration and Development (NCC), which is an inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral body that has an advisory role for the government.

    in all aspects of migration issues, the policy was developed,” said Mr. Letsosa.

    The Minister said that the policy aims to provide a foundation and direction for migration for development to be understood and connected in Lesotho, adding that it will address the gap in migration and development policy by providing a framework for action to Nacional level.

    In conclusion, he thanked the IOM and the AUC for their unwavering support to the Lesotho government, as they are the financial backers of policymaking.

    Also speaking, IOM Bureau Chief Ms. Eriko Nishimura expressed her gratitude to all who contributed to the policy, saying that in the era of migration-related policies, the Ministry of Labor developed the Policy Lesotho National Labor Migration Policy, which was adopted by Cabinet in 2019.

    Ms. Nishimura added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations also developed the Lesotho National Diaspora Policy, saying that the National Migration Development Policy is aligned with these other migration policies and frameworks.

    She said Lesotho's National Migration Development Policy will address migration issues, noting that it has identified 16 priority border areas and highlighted the changing migration environment, tourism and migration, and migration and gender.

    She thanked the Home Secretary for her effort in ensuring the policy was adopted, saying that this policy will be a guiding tool to maximize the benefits of migration and minimize the impacts of migration.

    Ms. Nishimura emphasized that IOM is fully committed to continuing to work with the Lesotho government, migrants and the Basotho population to strengthen migration management and achieve development goals through effective migration management in Lesotho.

    .

    The Lesotho National Migration Development Policy was adopted by the Lesotho cabinet two weeks before launch.

  •  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
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    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

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