ECOWAS Parliament to wade into post-conflict reintegration in Nigeria

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The Parliament has begun considerations of the reintegration strategies in post-conflict North-East Nigeria.

The strategies formed part of the presentation by the Director General of the National Emergency Management in Nigeria (NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa to the Delocalized JointCommittee of the ECOWAS Parliament which held in Senegal in April, 2018.

Top on the agenda where the major challenges facing internally displaced refugees especially women and children as well as their recovery of their communities.

While briefing the Parliament, Yunusa said: “Providing jobs to IDPs/Refugees is not enough to stabilize reintegration process in conflict affected societies. It requires a much wider array of policies to create an enabling environment for employment”.

“Rehabilitation of women and child victims of security crisis without follow-up services, so as to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses, renders the programme meaningless. Reintegration is a longer-term social and economic process with an open time frame designed to facilitate the assimilation of women and child victims of security crisis,” he said.

It is on this basis that he called for more cooperation between ECOWAS Parliament and NEMA with regards to issues of IDPs and also called for a memorandum of understanding between the two parties.

NEMA agreed to sustain its participation in ECOWAS activities and programmes.

Giving an insight earlier, he said that within February 21 to 27, a total of 6749 arrivals and 3441 departures were recorded at locations in Askira/Uba, Bama, Chibok, Damboa, Demsa, Dikwa, Fufore, Girei, Gombi, Gubio, Guzamala, Gwoza, Hawul, Hong, Jere, Kaga, Kala/Balge, Konduga, Kukawa, Madagali, Mafa, Magumeri, Maiha, Michika, Mobbar,
Manguno, Mubi-South, Ngala, Nganzai, Numa, Yola-North and Yola South Local Government Areas in Borno and Adamawa States.

Source: ECOPARL News

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