Haijia Farouq canvases grassroots participation in national migration dialogue process

Haijia Farouq canvases grassroots participation in national migration dialogue process

By Emeniuke Daniel, Enugu

A federal Commissioner at the  National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Umar Farouq, has called for decentralisation of national migration dialogue process for State and local governments in the country to involve grassroots participation.

Haijia Farouq who made this call in Enugu while speaking at a 2-day Southeast Zonal Sensitization workshop also lauded the Enugu State Government for being pro-active on issues concerning refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Faruok said that the theme of the workshop,  “Diaspora engagement, Practical Guide and a need for clearer policy direction” was apt as it  was geared towards involving  the State and local government structure in the Migration Governance process.

“it is imperative to continuously mobilise the states and local governments as well as CSOs through a decentralized process and consolidate the channels of communication with the migration focal points of each of the 36 states established during the maiden National Migration Dialogue”

“This perhaps is the most effective and efficient way to bring migration discourse down and closer to the grassroots; the real people who feel the impact of both the positives and negatives of migration management”, she said.

Farouq said that the objective of the project “Consolidating the Migration Governance Architecture” is to ensure that there is a sustainable institutionalized migration management system in the country hinged on effective and efficient operational process.

She said that the participation of State and local government in the 2014 and 2016 National migration dialogue proved to be very useful because it exposed the gap that exists in the operation of federal agencies and the State.

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Earlier, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, commended  the Commissioner  for her contributions in solving the problems of refugees and internally displaced persons, adding that Enugu was a food choice for the workshop as being the regional headquarters of the old Eastern Region.

She said that the inclusion of the State and local government would help to resolve some of the migration challenges in the country.

Addressing the participants, the representative of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Tunde Onoyemi said that migration in Nigeria needed  active participation of all the stakeholders at all levels of government.

Onoyemi, Who disclosed that National migration dialogue contributes immensely to the synergy building of the Nation, commended the Federal government for supporting the policy and financing the National migration and disabled persons program in the country.

“Nobody can stop migration but can be managed to be beneficial to the migrants and the country” urged all participants which was drawn from the five State in the South East region to work towards achieving the objectives of the NCFRMI at the end of the workshop.

Meanwhile, an NCFRMI delegation led by  Haijia  Farouk Umar visited Azuofia Edda, in Abakaliki Local government area of Ebonyi state where they handed over relief materials to the Ebonyi State Government for the benefit of Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) in the State.

Presenting the items,  Faruk stated that the group, decided to intervene in the State in furtherance of  its mandate to assist displaced persons wherever they are.

“Upon hearing of the forced displacement of the people of Azuofia Edda,  the commission bearing in mind its mandate on IDPs, mobilised its staff to intervene by coming down here to deliver food, non food materials as well as drugs and shelter materials.”

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“We have come once more more,  not only to identify and empathise with your plight, but to also deliver some materials to support the State government’s efforts towards the rehabilitation of the displaced persons from Azuofia Edda Community”, she said.

She further appreciated the efforts of the Federal government and Ebonyi State government on their efforts in generating peace initiatives towards ensuring peace and safety of the people.

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