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Reps calls for more funding for refugees commission

The House of Representatives has described as grossly inadequate, the twenty million naira allocated for the evacuation of Nigerian refugees affected by conflicts in some African countries.

The Chairman House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons IDPS, Refugees and Migrants, Alhaji Muhammad Jega made the remark during the 2022 budget defence of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPS.

Alhaji Jega, said N20 million was not enough to evacuate, feed, cloth and provide shelter for over 500,000 Nigerians awaiting repatriation from different African countries.

According to him, Nigerians have been stranded in Chad, Mali, Libya, Cameroon, and Niger Republic due to one crises or the other.

He noted that adequate provision must be provided to ensure their safe and healthy return to Nigeria and unite them with their relations.

The Commissioner of the Commission, Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman, said the agency has many programmes aimed at rehabilitating, reintegrating and resettling refugees and IDPs into the society.

The Commissioner confirmed that the number of IDPS has increased with one million from last year rising to a frighten figure of N3million with additional 73000 refugees from 23 countries.

She appealed to the House to assist the Commission to transform the lives of the returnees to enable them contribute their quota to nation building.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare