The Senate is committed to collaborating with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) to ensure effective coordination of intervention efforts to protect, rehabilitate and integrate internally displaced persons and migrants in the country.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made the remarks when the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants & Internally Displaced Persons, Ms. Sadiya Umar Farouq, paid him a visit in Abuja.
“The Senate will look to see how we can help strengthen the Refugee Commission’s capacity to coordinate and monitor the activities of the various MDA’s involved in providing humanitarian relief and administering livelihood programmes.”
“It is very important for the National Assembly and the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) responding to the humanitarian and migration crises to meet to exchange information about funding needs, service gaps and policy issues” said Saraki. “In this context, my office stands open to develop frameworks to strengthen Nigeria’s capacity to mitigate future crises and build capacity for more coordinated responses.”
The Senate President also stated that the issue of illegal migration needs to be tackled urgently to curb illegal activities that will dent the image of the country and other Nigerians who reside abroad legally.
He said while it was important to ensure the safe return of all those who illegally migrated abroad, there was a critical need to make adequate preparation on how to integrate them through gainful employment.
“I think for many reasons, we should come out with ways on how we can put a framework that will enable lots of our people to come back, but in doing that, you must ask yourself what do you want them to do when they come back. How do we integrate them back to the society?
“So, I think these two areas present enormous responsibility for the Commission. They are important and we must support you to adequately approach the challenges that are before you. This Senate is here to support you. We are ready to give you all the support required for you to be able to deliver. I want you to see this Senate as your partner,” he added.
Ms Sadiya Umar Farouq said the visit was to appreciate government’s effort to bring stability, rehabilitation and extensive Federal Government service throughout the North-east region.
She further stated that the Commission realises that the National Assembly plays a key role in supporting the agency to address the humanitarian crisis presently witnessed in the country.
She called for the support and collaboration of the Senate in empowering IDPs, Refugees, Migrants and asylum seekers through appropriate policies, legislations and budgetary allocations.
“The increasing incidence of forced displacement resulting from ethnic, religious, economic and boundary conflicts, various government decisions (local and international), natural and man-made disasters, and its attendant massive destruction to lives and property has compelled the commission to embark of a search for durable solutions for Persons of Concern and this requires enormous resources.”