The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commenced training for Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) with protection mandates for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in North East and North Central.
At the launch of the training on Monday in Yola, the acting Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mrs Oti Anukpe, said it was in collaboration with UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
She said “this training is one of the key components of IDPs/Protection project of NHRC in partnership with UNHCR in monitoring and reporting the situation of IDPs in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states.
“The objective of the project is to monitor the humanitarian situation in the project states with the aim of gaining comprehensive insight into issues concerning IDPs and
returnees for government and other humanitarian actors to advocate and respond to their needs and reduce their vulnerability.”
Anukpe said that the training would facilitate MDA’s ability to respond and to deliver the desired humanitarian response with respect to protection issues and to provide platform for MDAs with protection mandate to synergise and strategise.
THE scribe explained that within the past two years of implementing the project, the commission and its partners realised the need to bring other stakeholders in the protection sector on board for efficient response to humanitarian needs nationwide, particularly in the project states.
She commended MDAs participating in the workshop for availing themselves the opportunity to build their capacity in humanitarian assistance.
She also lauded UNHCR for its sustained support to the project.
Various representatives of MDAs and concerned organisations were in attendance.
Representative of Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) said the workshop
would go a long way in uniting actors in the field toward achieving common goal of protecting the vulnerable one in the society. (NAN)