BAUCHI – The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said it had concluded arrangements to train 35 emergency management related personnel on practical protection skills and legal frame work governing Internally Displaced Person (IDPs).
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commission’s External Relation Officer, Mr Hanson Tamfu, and made available to newsmen in Bauchi.
The statement said that the training would target personnel of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in states within the North East Zone hosting IDPs.
It added that participants would also be drawn from staff concerned with the protection of IDPs , such as, health workers, those dealing with social affairs, education, women affairs, local government staff, as well as community and traditional rulers from IDPs host communities.
According to the statement, the training, to be held in Bauchi will last three days, from March 9 to 11, 2015.
“The training is in line with UNHCR’s resolve to fully support the Nigerian government perform its protection responsibility in favour of IDPs.
“This, we hope, could be achieved through collaboration with sister UN agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in the displacement crises in the North East region, and the country at large.
“It is also within the context of the level 2 emergency declared by the UN Agency for Refugees on 15 February 2015.
“The training is the second in a series of six planned trainings, organised by UNHCR for the North East region.
“The first training held in December 2014 in Bauchi, focused essentially on camp coordination and management, with participants from NEMA, SEMA, NGOs and Red Cross, among others, “the statement said.