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FG, UNHCR COLLABORATE ON REINFORCING COMMITMENT ON REFUGEE SUPPORT ..... As Interior Affairs Minister Says move Will Strengthen Partnership

Dr. Aishetu Gogo Ndayako
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Interior

"We need a joint implementation committee to devise livelihood solutions tailored to the specific geographical areas of displaced populations". Ndayako.

Addressing the challenges faced by displaced persons in Nigeria remains part of the commitment of the Federal Goverment.

This was the assurance expressed by the Minister of Interior, Mr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo when the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR in Nigeria, Mr. Arjun Jain, paid a courtesy to the Ministry of Interior.

This visit, according to the Minister will further strengthen its partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

Aishetu Gogo Ndayako, Permanent Secretary, representative of the Minister, with Arjun  Jain, UNHCR Representative in Nigeria

Representing the Honourable Minister of Interior, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aishetu Gogo Ndayako, while welcoming Mr. Jain and his delegation, stressed that, “The Ministry of Interior is open to partnerships in areas discussed with the UNHCR ” 

“We are particularly focused on continuing our collaboration in addressing statelessness and supporting the children of naturalised Nigerians. Stronger cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is essential for the recognition and issuance of bonafide travel documents for these individuals.” Ndayako stated.

Addressing the issue of the Nigeria-Cameroon border and the Bakassi Returnees, the Permanent Secretary assured that it remains a key part of the National Action Plan, emphasizing the importance of following through with implementation.

On the matter of livelihood for displaced persons, she proposed a coordinated approach involving the Ministry of Agriculture, the North East Development Commission (NEDC), and other relevant bodies. 

“We need a joint implementation committee to devise livelihood solutions tailored to the specific geographical areas of displaced populations,” Dr. Aishetu Gogo Ndayako explained.

The UNHCR Representative in Nigeria Mr. Arjun Jain, expressed his gratitude to the Ministry for its continuous support towards refugees over the years. 

He said; “The Ministry of Interior is a crucial partner in our efforts”. 

He shared the latest global data indicating that out of 120 million displaced persons worldwide, three per cent are Nigerians. 

The meeting concluded with a mutual commitment to strengthen collaboration between the Ministry of Interior and the UNHCR to ensure better support and solutions for refugees and displaced persons in Nigeria.

To this end, the Department of Citizenship and Business will represent the Ministry on various committees, in collaboration with other ministries, to address the livelihood challenges of displaced persons effectively.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by Ozoya Imohimi, Director Press and Public Relations Department of the Federal Ministry of Interior, Abuja and made available to journalists.

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