The Government of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has urged the Federal Government to implement the Kampala Convention treaty (formally the African Union Convention), for the protection and assistance of Internally displaced people.
The stakeholders made this known at a media briefing in Abuja.
The Program Coordinator Concern for Women and Children Development Foundation, Mr. Dauda Balami reiterated the need
for the implementation of the treaty in order to protect the rights and dignities of IDPs in Nigeria and Africa at large.
“We call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to urgently and without further delay find ways to domesticate the Kampala Convention.They need to implement the treaty urgently.’
He said the domestication of the Kampala Convention is critical and urgent in order to encourage all authorities to be responsible in situations where the rights of IDPs are deprived.
The stakeholders also called on other agencies to rise up to the call to educate the residents of the Internally Displaced camps about knowing their rights and civic duties.
“We are charging all actors that work in the line of duty to work together to raise awareness and educate the resident of IDP on their rights and how to stand up for these rights”.
The domestication of the Treaty will not only curb the hardship of IDPs but will address proper care of IDPs in Africa, he added.
It would be recalled that the Kampala Convention on IDPs in Africa was adopted in 2009 and signed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2016 to address internal displacement caused by armed conflict, natural disasters and large-scale development projects in Africa.