‘There are 56,000 Internally Displaced Persons in Abuja’ By Nana Muhammad


There are about 56,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja,
26,000 of which has been registered. This disclosure was made
known by the Founder of Life Builders Initiative (LBI), Dr Sanwo
David, at a townhall meeting organized by LBI, on August 19, 2019, at
the National Press Conference Centre, Radio House, Garki, Abuja,
during his keynote address.
The conference was a stakeholders’ summit tagged: ‘Linking
Humanitarian Aid to Development Efforts’ set to mark the World
Humanitarian Day.
Speaking further, Dr David gave an intensive footings on the context
of IDPs in Nigeria. He said: “The genesis of our problem is in
insurgencies; and insurgencies and insecurities forced people out of
their spaces.” Adding that, “the economic and social imbalance in
cities dragged them into criminals and criminalities which will then
constitute into menace for the ecosystem.” Thus the urgent need to
redefine humanitarian space.
Discussants on conversations revolving around humanitarianism
were a Public Speaker and Founder of Women for Purpose
Development, Mrs Mabel Onwuemele, who described women as a
fortress for development saying, “As a mother, we are nurturers.
Whatever you give a woman she gives you double.”
The Founder of Beyond Mentors Community Care Initiative (BMCCI)
Hajiya Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya reiterated that, “Women have more
drive to contribute to the community, because as homemakers they
are builders.”
A Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme
(WFP), Ifeoma Garba, encouraged partnerships saying, “We need

more coordination and preparation. We should also ensure we are
priotising properly.”
Other panelists were the Chief Executive Officer of Global Kitchen
and Luxury Apartment, Mrs Biodun Obakin; Programme Manager of
Sun of Hope Foundation, Mrs Eze Glory; a representative from
FHI360, Tosin Akimbo, and a representative of the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Samson Ochekpe.
Youths championing various humanitarian endeavours were given
attention for discourse such as the ‘Open Fees Education’; ‘Mentally
Aware Initiative’; ‘Right Host Project’ and others.
The conversation ended with a question on ‘how to localize the
solution to our humanitarian challenges?’ A communique is to ensue
from the conference.

Source: SI Magazine

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