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Refugees Commission says improving humanitarian response in Nigeria top priority

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Aug.19, 2020- Commemorating the World Humanitarian Day, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has said improving humanitarian response in Nigeria was its top priority.

Sen. Basheer Mohammed, Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI made this known on Wednesday in Abuja as the Commission joined the United Nations to mark the 2020 WHD.

He said the Commission is working tirelessly to improve the humanitarian response in Nigeria with partners like the UNHCR, IOM, ECOWAS, ILO and many others.

Basheer said with the necessary support, NCFRMI has aligned its political will to improve the lives of our vulnerable citizenry.

He commended the resilience of aid workers who are faced with the most daunting challenge in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Federal Commissioner stressed the strong commitments of the Commission to continue to strive for the return, rehabilitation and re integration of Persons of Concern.

“Today is a memorable day of the year for us all, especially for our persons of concern in various parts of the country, who have shown incredible courage and resilience and have persevered through unbearable conditions.

“As an agency under the ministry of humanitarian affairs that is responsible for the protection, care, maintenance and provision of durable solutions to persons of concern.

“We make a strong statement that we will continue to strive for their return, rehabilitation and re integration.

“This year's commemoration of World Humanitarian Day highlights the role of humanitarian workers, especially front line health workers who provide life-saving services to our most vulnerable populations.

“Often, in difficult and dangerous situations and sometimes paying the ultimate price.”

Basheer also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiative for establishing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

He said that the Ministry has served as the platform to warehouse and take on the challenge of empowering persons of concern across the country so they can become more self-reliant.

He added that the appointment of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, as the coordinating Minister along with her commitment and dedication to the humanitarian response is one that is unmatched.

“It is my pleasure to join the global conversation today, and use the hashtag #RealLifeHeroes.

“Because without your dedication, we would not be in a position to make the gains we are today,” Basheer said.

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