The National Commission for Refugees, NCR, has said that it would start regulating the activities of organisations offering humanitarian services to persons affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Federal Commissioner of the agency, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, made this known during a courtesy visit to Governor Kashim Shettima at the government house in Maiduguri, saying that a Response Stop Centre is going to be established in the state capital for that purpose.
Umar-Farouq explained that the decision to set up the centre was to ensure the attainment of the commission’s mandate of managing and caring for refugees and displaced persons.
“We have the constitutional mandate to manage and see to the affairs of refugees, migrants and IDPs in the country,” the commissioner said.
“In this regard we are planning to work with you and other stakeholders to ensure great improvements in the living conditions of the victims of terrorism in the country by establishing a Response Stop Centre in Maiduguri with other offices in the country in order to see how we can coordinate the activities of the people coming to help us.”
Umar-Farouq noted that there was need for the commission to get involved in the activities of humanitarian agencies to ensure that the people are getting the needed assistance.
She said: “We feel that as a government agency we should work with the State Government to monitor the activities and see who is doing what and what. What are they doing and what is the impact on the people?”
“People just coming to say that they have done this or that, without proper coordination, we are not even sure if the resources are being rightly channeled to the victims they claimed to be helping.”
The refugee commissioner commended Governor Shettima for his commitment towards the welfare of the IDPs.
She also commiserated with the Governor at the unfortunate bombing of an IDP camp in Rann community by a Nigerian Air Force jet fighter.
Umar-Farouq said that her delegation also visited other IDP camps across the state and was pleased at what they saw, which she said was “contrary to the media reports indicating high rate of malnutrition and other problems.”