The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMIDP) is building five resettlement cities for use by displaced persons, Federal Commissioner Imaan Suleiman, has said.
The Federal Commissioner said this Thursday at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team.
She listed Bono, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Edo states where the pilot phase of the scheme is being executed.
“When displacements happen; flood, communal clashes, people lose their homes and means of livelihood. So we started ta piloting phase of our project resettlement in 2020. The project resettlement city will entail building small cities because Persons of Concern (POCs) have three options of doable solutions.
“They can either locally integrate, resettle or they can go back to their homes but sometimes they are unable to go back home and that is why there is need for building of new communities or strengthening the capacity of their host communities.
“We are in the third phase of our resettlement city project but the pilot phase is in Borno State, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Edo State. Most of them are now at between 70-90 percent completion but that of Edo State is about is about to take off,” she said.
“When displacements happen within Nigeria we are not the first responders so we are expected come in after they are stable to be able to provide them with doable solutions so that they can go back to normalcy.
“We have begun the piloting phase for the transitional learning centers in some locations, Edo, Zamfara, Imo, Bauchi, Federal Capital Territory and Katsina. We’ve been able to give persons of concerns access to COVID-19 vaccines and also conduct medical outreaches in collaboration with the National Primary Health care Development Agency,” she added.