Nigeria has called for global collaboration in finding solutions to migration and refugees related crises.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq made the call to the 73rd Session of the Executive Committee (EXCOM) of the High Commissioner’s Program in Geneva.
The Minister enumerated efforts and policies being put in place by the Nigerian government to improve humanitarian service delivery in Nigeria with emphasis on refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons.
Umar Farouq called on global stakeholders to eschew discrimination and racism to build sustainable peace and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
“Nigeria commends the sustained efforts of UNHCR. We also call on the UNHCR and other migration stakeholders to continue to work with the Nigerian government towards aligning policies and programs alongside our national development priorities and values as a nation.
She said the negative impact of climate change in the Lake Chad Basin has increased the number of displaced persons in the region as well as floods and other extreme climatic events have contributed to an additional wave of internal displacement.
On the part of our government, we are implementing the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan to enhance preparedness, build resilience of affected local communities in line with the Sendai Framework.
Nigeria is host to 84,314 registered refugees and asylum seekers from 34 countries in addition to over 5,000 unregistered Cameroonian refugees/asylum seekers that recently arrived. There are about 341,642 Nigerian Refugees spread across Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrhaman; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino