Nigeria: Monthly Protection Report for Abuja, Lagos, Ijebu Ode & Kano – August 2021 | Issue # 6 – Nigeria
On August 5th, UNHCR participated in the 6th Partnership Meeting for Awareness Raising Against Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration (PACHTIM) in Abuja. The meeting, organized by IOM, was attended by participants from NAPTIP, NCFRMI, NOA, UNHCR and other relevant national and local organizations dealing with migration issues. One of the most important activities of the meeting was the adoption of a strategy that will serve as a guide for the implementation of the PACHTIM awareness-raising activities in Nigeria from 2021 to 2025.
On August 17th, UNHCR participated in a meeting organized by the National Refugee Commission to plan a National Working Group on Domestication and Implementation of the Kampala Convention. The forum should fill in some of the loopholes that have hampered the domestication process. UNHCR is helping NCFRMI move the process forward. The next agreed step was for NCFRMI to produce a concept note and service specification which, along with the NCFRMI Law and IDP Policy, would be distributed to participants for contributions.
From August 24-26, the NCFRMI, with the support of UNHCR, organized a symposium to review the draft standard procedures for maintaining the civil and humanitarian character of asylum in the Cameroon operation. 16 National and state government agencies as well as local NGOs and UNHCR took part in the highly interactive discussions. At the end of the meeting, SOPs validated at the technical level and a communique with the most important recommendations for dissemination and next steps were issued.
On August 25, UNHCR, NCFRMI and JDPC hosted a town hall meeting with refugees on Lagos Island, mainland, Ajah and Ikotun 146 Persons of concern (PoCs), consisting of 72 Females and 74 Male.
During the meeting, issues related to housing, health, RSD, NIN, livelihood and educational assistance were discussed. Transport allowance was paid to everyone 146 PoCs that took part in the town hall meeting.
On August 19th, the humanitarian community in Nigeria celebrated World Humanitarian Day (WHD) in the State House in Abuja. The event was organized by the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. The WRD, which was held under the global theme #TheHumanRace: A global challenge for climate protection in solidarity with the people who need it most, was attended by the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, the Federal Commission of the NCFRMI, the deputy representative of the UNHCR and other UN sister organizations. local and international non-governmental organizations.
UNHCR and UNFPA jointly supported a refugee-led organization (RLO) in setting up a Health Information Campaign for Empowerment of Female Cameroonian Refugees. The RLO Endam Home of Hope (EHOP) hosted the five and a half hour event in Mpape (a suburb of Abuja) on Saturday, August 14, 2021. 12th present participants (9 female and 2 Male). The UNFPA presentation highlighted sexual and reproductive health issues (including family planning, sexually transmitted infections, protection from sexual exploitation and abuse – PSEA). While the session was moderated exclusively by UNFPA, UNHCR informed PSEA that all services provided by UNHCR, government and partners are free. UNFPA also provided EHOP with condoms for men and women, hats / T-shirts.