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Migration Dialogue: Refugees Commission strengthens zonal offices for effective operation

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By Jacinta Nwachukwu

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) on Wednesday expressed commitment towards strengthening its zonal offices for effective operation.

The Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Alhaji Tijani Ahmed, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, ahead of the 2023 National Migration Dialogue with the theme: “Leveraging Youth Migration for National Development”.

Ahmed said the Commission had in its budget allocated some money for purchase of vehicles which would be distributed to the zones.

“We have six zones and have vehicles attached to the zonal offices; our development partners supported us with some vehicles.

“We are also meeting with some state governors to sell the idea of a durable solution; we cannot continue to maintain the IDPs camps,” he said.

Ahmed said the commission had built some satellite cities in some states where IDPs were more vulnerable to ensure that the commission provided a durable solution to persons of concern.

According to him, internal migration remains a significant area of concern as it offers a comprehensive perspective on migration across the entire country.

Ahmed explained that those who engaged in internal migration often included vulnerable groups such as individuals displaced by conflict, violence, or natural disasters.

He said migrants could be drawn to more developed regions in search of economic empowerment.

Ahmed said that many of the migrants were compelled by push factors like displacement caused by violence, natural disasters or the pursuit of improved livelihoods.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that National Migration Dialogue is a platform for facilitating national debate on cross-cutting migration issues.

It brings together relevant stakeholders from Ministries, Department, and Agencies, civil society organizations among others to deliberate on migration issues. (NAN)(www.nannews.com.ng)

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Edited by Yakubu Uba/Razak Owolabi

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