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Over 500,000 displaced people in Benue allegedly excluded from #10b disaster fund by FG

The Benue State Government has bemoaned the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to provide adequate support to the state as it is overwhelmed by violence, killings and attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in addition to the consequential humanitarian crisis.
This was disclosed at the weekend by the Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Emmanuel Shior.
Shior accused the Federal Government of abandoning the Internally Displaced Persons and Cameroonian refugees domiciled in the state.
Shior, while speaking during a press briefing on the humanitarian situation in Benue State in Abuja, regretted that the state seems to have been excluded from the N10 billion, which the Federal Government promised through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to give to states affected by insurgency and herdsmen attacks in 2019.
He said no single money has been given to Benue State despite the devastation to its economy by the Farmers-Herders conflict and accompanying burden of catering for the IDPs and refugees.
The Benue SEMA boss explained that part of the money could be used to rehabilitate communities and help in the preparation of the return of the IDPs, but regrets that the state government is now left to shoulder the responsibility of addressing the conflict, a burden he noted should not be borne by a state government alone.
Shior added that in addition to IDPs, the state government is also grappling with the challenge of Cameroonian refugees who are in Ikyogen settlement in Kwande LGA and numbering about 6,000.
He said: “Nigerian Government has not done enough in managing the refugees.
“The Federal Hovernment only comes in through NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) to provide relief intervention in the area of food, but the IDPs have other needs and the Benue State Government is shouldering that almost alone apart from support form international and local humanitarian actors.
“You will l recall sometime last year, the Federal Government visited Benue State and made a promise of about N10 billion for states that were affected by Fulani herdsmen attacks.
“Benue State Government had a share in this money.
“We had been expecting that part of the money be given to Benue State for the reconstruction of homes, schools, markets and all that were destroyed.
“But up to this point that I speak with you, that money has not come.
“That has also posed a big challenge because such heavy burden is not supposed to be shouldered by state government alone.
“The Federal Government has to take responsibility to be in the lead.”
Shior added that even in the area of security, not much is being done.
According to him, the Operation Whirl Stroke by the Nigerian military is not enough, which is why the attackers are still around.
He said: “There is need for the Federal Government to do more in terms of security.
“There is need to strengthen security efforts.
“There is to include other security outfit like the police and perhaps to strengthen the local vigilante to support the military in addressing the challenge.”
The Secretary noted that as a result of the burden placed on the state government, other areas of governance that are supposed to impact positively on the citizens suffer because a lot of money is being channelled towards provision of food items to IDPs and refugees.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to come in and do a lot more,” he urged.
Shior appreciated other local and international agencies such as International Committee of the Red Cross, CORAFID and UNHRC amongst others for their humanitarian support to the state despite the Federal Government’s laxity in that regard.
Source: The Eagle Online

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Displaced Yemen children at risk of the deadly impacts of severe food insecurity  

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The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Malnutrition analysis released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners is extremely concerning. With limited access to food, humanitarian services and health care, displaced children in Yemen are at risk of the deadly impacts of severe food insecurity.

Around 26 per cent of the more than 156,000 people newly displaced this year, in the areas where the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has access, cited food as their main need. This is the second most cited need after shelter and housing, which 65 per cent of people reported as their main need. In areas where there are higher levels of displacement, like Al Hudaydah, Taizz, Al Dhale’e and Marib, higher levels of food needs have also been reported.

“Displaced Yemenis leave their homes with nothing and often find themselves seeking safety in locations where there are no job opportunities and barely enough services, including health care,” said Christa Rottensteiner, IOM Chief of Mission for Yemen.

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“This can leave vulnerable people without enough food to feed their families. Given that UN partners are reporting that acute malnutrition rates among children under five are the highest ever recorded in parts of Yemen, we are extremely worried about children in displaced families.”

The situation in Marib is particularly concerning given that an escalation in hostilities has displaced over 90,000 people to the city and caused a drastic shortage of services. Displaced people in Marib report food to be one of their most urgent needs. Of the displacement sites assessed by IOM in October, some reported that food shortages were a major concern for approximately 50 per cent of their residents.

In response to food insecurity, the emergency aid kits distributed under the Rapid Response Mechanism by IOM to newly displaced families include emergency food rations. IOM also carries out livelihood support activities for displaced communities to help them generate income. Most recently the Organization supported displaced women in making face masks which help their community combat the spread of COVID-19.

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IOM also operates a health centre in Al Jufainah Camp, Yemen’s largest displacement site, and multiple mobile health clinics. In addition to providing primary health care services to over 55 per cent of displaced people in Marib, IOM’s mobile health clinics provide community level access to malnutrition screening for children under the age of five and referral for treatment, in coordination with UNICEF. Given the high demand for such nutritional support, early intervention is vital to reducing avoidable morbidity and mortality among displaced children.

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Nigerians in Spain say no to genocide

Nigerians resident in Spain have kicked against bad governance and brutalitalisation of innocent citizens by security operatives in Nigeria.

They are in solidarity with the #Endsars protesters.

The #Endsars protest  started by young Nigerians to say no to brutality, impunity and gruesome killings in the hands of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the government in the country saw security operatives using live bullets on the protesters last week, October 21, 2020.

In a statement signed by Afolabi Oloko, the Nigerians in Spain said: “In every part  of the world, including Nigeria, we believe protesting is a fundamental right of all citizenry that we can exercise whenever we deem it fit as long as it is civil and devoid of violence but such is not the case in Nigeria where the young future of the country are murdered by their very own government just because they made demands that there must be a reform to the notorious Police department and that the country be reformed in general. Have they asked for too much from a responsible and responsive government?

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“It is so disheartening that after Ten days that the youth refused to back down they resorted to killing, maiming of their own future generations just because they asked and begged for good governance and good policing. It’s a shame that young people are being killed all around the cities of Nigeria from Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Abuja, Ondo , Benin, Porthacort just to mention a few. It was horrendous seeing over seventy people being murdered at night while still protesting unarmed peacefully in Lekki area of Lagos state. They organised by switching off the street light while they carried out their evil deed against defenceless young people of the country and also took away the CCTV. The commander-in-chief of the Armed forces in person of President Muhamodu Buhari must be tried at the International court for genocide against it’s own people.

“We the compatriots far away in Spain are with our young brothers and sister on the streets saying no to bad governance as you’re in our hearts and prayers. We support you in the just cause you’re are fighting. Fighting for one’s future should not be seen as an affront to the authorities, rather they should look inward and realise that the system is rotten and should be cleansed but not killing innocent young men on the streets with Army being deployed to take lives of vibrant and resourceful, frustrated and change hungry citizens.
“Today, we came out in multitude in solidarity with our compatriots back home to say #ENDSARS! #ENDBADGOVERNANCE #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY #ENDCORUPTION #ENDTHEGENOCIDE”

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ILO, IOM sign agreement to strengthen collaboration on migration governance

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today signed an Agreement to create a framework for cooperation and collaboration to enhance the benefits of migration for all.

The framework includes joint support for improved migration governance, capacity building and policy coherence at national, regional and global levels. Other areas of work may also be developed.

The Agreement was signed by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, and António Vitorino, the IOM Director-General, on Friday at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Ryder said, “this Agreement seals an important alliance between our two organizations. Together, we will be stronger and more effective in both fulfilling our individual mandates and in collaborating on areas that are crucial for reshaping the world of work so that it is more inclusive, equitable and sustainable.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a brutal impact on economies and societies. Vulnerable groups, particularly migrant workers and their families, are being disproportionately hit. There could be no better time to reinforce our partnership and combine our strengths, so that we can help countries and our constituents build back for a better future.”

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DG Vitorino said, “the agreement that we are signing today will help us further solidify our collaboration at the time when joint solutions are so much needed, with a pandemic that is hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. As we move towards post-pandemic recovery, we fully embrace the call to build a better world together, tapping into the added value of each partner. With ILO, we have much to co-create and we look forward to future cooperation within the broader UN family, with our partner governments, private sector and civil society.”

The new ILO-IOM Agreement builds on the agencies’ comparative advantages, expertise, and respective constituencies. By encouraging joint initiatives, the Agreement aims to strengthen international migration governance and boost cooperation, capacity building and joint advocacy to promote migrants’ rights and decent work opportunities.

By encouraging social dialogue, it will allow workers` and employers` organizations – who sit equally with governments in the ILO’s tripartite membership structure – to contribute to policy discussions.

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A workplan will be developed in the next six months to push forward the collaboration at global, regional and country levels and, more importantly, facilitate the implementation of the Agreement in the field, where both agencies are working directly with affected populations.

It will seek to enhance the agencies joint contribution to their member states, UN country teams, and societies to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Agreement will also allow the ILO and IOM to strengthen support for their respective constituencies in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM), and contribute to other global and regional migration policy fora and debates.

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