By Austin Ajayi, Yola
A group of civil society organization (CSOs) from Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states HSS call on the Federal government to domesticate term 2015 Kampala Convention in the protection of internally displaced persons.
The group raising from a two day symposium on the protection of IDPs in Yola said through statement that the symposium is a follow up of the initiative of the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger held in Abuja in 2016 and January, 2019 on implementing the action of the declaration.
According the statement, “_the Kampala Convention is critical and urgent in order to encourage authorities to be responsible in the situations where the rights of IDPs are deprived”
The statement further added that all actors in the issues of IDPs should raise awareness and educate IDPs on their right and how to stand up for these rights.
The symposium which was facilitated by the Norwegian Refugee Council in conjunction with the Department for International Development ( DFID) noted that ” there is need to focus pro actively on local integration of IDPs at the time ,resources and capacity of local host are over stretched and that economic and commercial activities cannot sustain the current in flux of people, which could lead to crimes and insecurity “.
The statement signed by Abudulaziz Bala made available to The Authority added that “the government should increase the presence of security operatives and legal aid for the internally displaced persons in the three States”
The group called non the governments of the three states to focus on the rights of the child leaving in an armed group with medical attention, mental and psychosocial support and school program .