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IOM Conducts Census Of IDPs In North East

Posted: Apr 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor, ABUJA
International Organisation for Migration (IOM), through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is assessing the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East and their needs to inform and make a case for them to government and the international community.
A statement by Ikechukwu Attah, the Communications Assistant of IOM, said IOM was working with its partners to help the Nigerian government to support some 2.4 million people in the country’s north- eastern states displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
In the worst affected State of Borno, Attah said IOM teams were working in 15 previously inaccessible local government areas (LGAs) and 86 wards and hoped to access other badly affected areas.
He said the data emerging from the state clearly showed very high levels of humanitarian need.
According to the most recent DTM report (February 2016), 1,434,149 IDPs had been identified in Borno, out of a total of 2.4 million in the whole area.
As part of the DTM programme, IOM is conducting biometric registration of IDPs in Adamawa and Borno states, as well as in Yobe State, where it is supporting the UN World Food Programme’s Cash Transfer Programme, he said.
He also said that at the end of March 2016, a total of 124,827 individuals – 98,209 in Borno and 26,618 in Yola – had been biometrically registered.
“The vast majority of IDPs who have been registered live in host communities, where little or no assistance has been provided due to lack of humanitarian access and security concerns,” he said.
Enira Krdzalic, IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission, said: “In support of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), IOM is systematically collecting data on the humanitarian crisis in North-east Nigeria and neighbouring countries.
“The data clearly show the massive scale of the emergency and urgent humanitarian needs. IOM is working with the government and partners to provide humanitarian assistance to IDPs and other affected populations, but the scale of the problem far exceeds available resources.”
In addition to DTM and registration, IOM is providing shelter, camp management, psychosocial support, livelihoods and other services to IDPs and affected populations.
At a workshop organised by IOM in Abuja recently, Muhammad Sani Sidi, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director-General, said: “The contribution of IOM towards addressing the humanitarian consequences of the insurgency in the North East are quite profound and deserve special mention.
“In terms of physical assistance, IOM has supported the NEMA Situation Room, NEMA Gombe Operations Office, the NEMA Borno Zonal Office, and several State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) with office equipment to assist their field officers towards easy access to DTM data.”
Attah said there were now seven million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria, including 1.9 million displaced by the insurgency.
He explained that 92 per cent of the IDPs is hosted by low-income host communities, bringing already-stretched services and resources under increased pressure.
IOM then called for more donor support as well as deeper collaboration among humanitarian actors for effective co-ordination of humanitarian assistance to the affected population.