Chris Steven, Abuja
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has disclosed that approximately 50,000 Nigerians are currently living as refugees in Cameron, Chad and other countries including Nigeria as a result of the unending insecurity in the North East.
Director General of the Commission, Hadiza Kangiwa who made the disclosure on the occasion of World Refugee Day said Nigeria is host to over 2000 recognized refugees and 1000 asylum seekers.
She said that the federal government as a signatory to both the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees and its 1967 Protocol as well as the 1969 OAU Convention would continue to be committed to the principles of international protection towards refugees and asylum seekers.
The Director General added that the federal government has come up with the National Migration Policy.
The policy, according to her was recently unveiled with the aim of addressing the many challenges of migration while hoping to harness other positive aspects of migration to develop.
Also speaking at the event, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angele Dikongue-Atangana, said his office in Nigeria has been reinforcing its activities in support of IDPs in the North East through distribution of relief materials, protecting training among other activities.
He added that his office would soon engage in psychological support to liberated IDPs and also offer them shelter support.
While noting that UNHCR and ECOWAS on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further improve on the protection of persons of concern, he commended the federal government for its collaboration and sustained support in the protection of the rights of the persons of concerns.
“No doubt much has been done but much can still be achieved both at national and sub regional levels.” he said