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Shettima rallies global support to end internal displacement in Nigeria

Vice President Kashim Shettima has called for a global partnership to address the problem of internal displacement in Nigeria.

 This was as he also pledged the federal government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of displaced persons in the country.

 The vice president made the call on Monday during the “Launch of the State Action Plans on Durable Solution to Internal Displacement” at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

 The Action Plan, a United Nations Secretary General’s Solution on Internal Displacement aims to assist Internally Displaced Persons find a durable solution to their displacement, prevent new displacement crises from emerging and ensure those displaced receive effective protection.

 Shettima said, “For a country that has endured the devastations of economic disadvantages across generations, we cannot afford further expansion in the displacement of our people. 

So, we remain committed to ensuring that each displaced individual returns to a safer environment and is given a lifeline to start afresh.”

 He recalled his experience dealing with conflict and displacement, insisting on the need for a collaborative, cross-border approach to tackling the multifaceted challenge.

 “Let us harness the strength of our partnerships, both local and international, to bring about lasting change,” he urged.

 The vice president welcomed the support of the United States and other global partners, stressing that the task ahead demands a united front that transcends political divides.

 “The journey is not merely about addressing the symptoms of displacement but also about tackling the root causes,” he said.

 Outlining the strategy of the Tinubu administration, Shettima pledged investment in sustainable development, education, and economic opportunities as critical components of a comprehensive solution.

 “By doing so, we not only address the immediate needs of the displaced but also create a foundation for a more stable and prosperous future,” the VP said.

 On its part, the United Nations commended the efforts of the state governments in drafting action plans for durable solutions to internal displacement.

 Speaking virtually through an online conferencing platform, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, said attaining such solutions “Is a priority for Nigeria and for the United Nations Secretary-General,” noting the global number of internally displaced persons has doubled in ten years to nearly 76 million globally.

 “Over four million Nigerians remain in search of solutions to their forced displacement,” she stated, adding that the state action plans “capture the first essential steps towards solutions.”

 Earlier in his remarks, the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Durable Solutions, Mr Robert Piper, commended Nigeria’s commitment and leadership in being the first country among the 15 pilot countries to launch the programme.