Human Rights

House of Representatives demands database of Refugees, IDPs

The Nigerian House of Representatives has directed the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, to develop a comprehensive database of all refugees, migrants and displaced Nigerians for proper resource management and protection.

The Chairman, House Committee on IDPs and Humanitarian Matters, Muhammad Umar Jega gave the charge at the rescheduled budget defence session with the Refugees Commission saying that doing so would enable the legislature to appropriate adequately for them.

“This committee will want to see a situation where a comprehensive database of all IDPs and refugees in the country.

“This will bring about effective tracking mechanism for providing adequate care and protection to them and it will also help us in the process of appropriation to gauge the level of humanitarian need the commission is expected to cater for, and appropriate accordingly,“ Jega said.

The Commissioner in charge of the Refugees Commission, Bashir Garba Mohammed, had earlier told the committee that the sum of N5.7bn was appropriated for the agency as capital and recurrent expenditure in 2020, adding that the amount represents 36.5% increase from 2019.

He said overhead was N29m, just as he disclosed that the commission just awarded contracts due to the delay occasioned by covid-19 pandemic.

“Out of the total sum, only N4.2m for overhead has been released so far.

“The sum of N2.1bn was approved for zonal intervention (constituency) projects for lawmakers.

“The Commission has the capacity and full willingness to execute projects appropriated for in the 2020 budget,” the Commissioner added.

Mr Bashir, therefore, appealed to the committee to help the commission extend the time of its capital budget implementation and the upward review of the capital allocation from what is currently obtained.

Source: Voice of Nigeria