Tuface Pledges To Donate Proceeds UNHCR For IDPs, Refugees

Music icon, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface, has pledged to donate the proceeds from his song to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Nigeria, to assist Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Tuface, who is the Chairman of the Tuface Foundation, made the pledge on Thursday when he visited the UNHCR office in Abuja.

He said that his foundation would donate 60 per cent of the proceeds from his music dedicated to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Tuface said that the song, which would be launched in commemoration of the World Refugees Day on June 20, is part of his contribution to alleviating the plights of the IDPs.

“I have decided to dedicate my time, resources and my voice to support the UNHCR in this massive endeavor of alleviating the sufferings of displaced persons.

“On the June 20th which is the world refugees’ day, I am going to be commissioning a song and this song will be monetized.

“60 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the UNHCR to further its humanitarian effort to alleviating the plights of refugees and IDPs.

“We want people to join in this campaign by downloading the song to use it as their ring tones, caller back tones.

“This download, which would cost between N50 to N100, is an opportunity for every Nigerian to contribute in their own little ways to the course of assisting displaced persons,’’ Tuface said.

The Music icon stressed the need to create more awareness for people to understand the magnitude of the forced displacement and suffering of the IDPs and refugees so that they can do more to assist them.

Tuface said, “It is very disheartening to be stranded in your own home, many people who have not been hit directly downplay the situation’’.

He commended the Nigerian government, UNHCR, International and Local Organisations and kind hearted individuals who have contributed in assisting the displaced persons.

In her remarks, Mrs Bridgette Mukanga-Eno, Deputy Representative, Protection, UNHCR, Nigeria, appreciated the Tuface foundation for supporting UNHCR in its intervention in the North-East.

She said that the collaboration with the Tuface foundation started last year but was concretize in February when the agency received a donation from the foundation to support its activities in the North-East.

Mukanga-Eno said that the contributions from the Tuface foundation have really helped in assisting the IDPs, especially in developing livelihood activities for them.

She said that the agency developed vocational facilities including mechanic trainings, iron bending, carpentry for the men and sewing for the ladies among others.

She said that the Nigerian government through relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) has done a lot in assisting the IDPs but a lot still need to be done to address the huge humanitarian crises in the North-East.

Mukanga-Eno said that the food scarcity is overwhelming and is not sufficient for the over 1.8 million IDPs, saying that the influx of over 19,000 Nigerian refugees from Niger, Chad and Cameroon has made it worse.

She called for more support to cater for the IDPs and returnees in the areas of protection, food, livelihood, healthcare, education among others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in February, Tuface donated N3.5 million to the UNHCR to support its humanitarian intervention to the displaced persons in the North-East.

Nigeria Is Committed To The Protection Of IDPs Rights – @SpeakerDogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, has assured that the House of Representatives is putting all legislative structures in place to ensure that the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are protected at all times.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, said the Speaker gave this assurance while receiving a delegation from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) in his office on Monday.

Speaking on Nigeria’s domestication and ratification of the UN Kampala treaty on the rights of refugees, the speaker said efforts are on top gear by the relevant committees  to conclude all work on the document and submit in plenary for further legislative action.

Dogara explained that “‎The bill for the proposed North East Commission and the Kampala Commission are before the commission and sooner or later, the report will be brought before the House in plenary for consideration and hopefully we’ll pass it and in no distant time, it will be ratified.”

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara in a chat with UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner in Charge of Protection, Mr. Volker Turk, during a visit by a delegation from the UNHCR to the National Assembly, on Monday, 22 / 02 / 2016.
Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara in a chat with UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner in Charge of Protection, Mr. Volker Turk, during a visit by a delegation from the UNHCR to the National Assembly, on Monday, 22 / 02 / 2016.

He also informed the delegation that the House, in recognition of the plight of IDPs and the need for their rehabilitation and resettlement, and to find lasting solutions to the problem, set up a committee that is in charge of IDP related issues, as well as passed a bill to set up the North East Development Commission.

Dogara further added that it is not acceptable that the over 2 million displaced persons are asked to return to their communities until the causative factors are sorted out and security provided in the affected areas.

“There is no way we can do that unless we bring the conflict to an end and it makes no sense, absolutely no sense, for anybody to insist that people displaced should go back to their communities, knowing that chances are there that they may be attacked and then the conditions that gave rise to the crisis are not totally eliminated,” he stated.

The speaker also noted that there is no way that democracy can thrive if the lives of  citizens are not secure.

“As it is said, democracy is a promise that deals with life and the pursuit of happiness. All other promises of democracy cannot come through unless there is life ‎so that is the most important promise of democracy.”

Earlier, leader of the UNHCR delegation, Assistant High‎ Commissioner in charge of protection of rights of refugees and IDPs, Mr Volke Turk, urged the speaker to expedite action on the domestication and ratification of the UN convention on the protection of the rights of refugees in the House of Representatives.

He said the ratification of the treaty will be an “extremely valuable contribution” to the protection of the rights of refugees.

FG Commends People Of Northeast For Supporting Victims Of Insurgency

…UNHCR pledges more assistance on rehabilitation of IDPs

Nigerians in the North-East have been commended for their good neighborliness, accommodating internally displaced victims of the insurgency in their own homes and communities.

Making the commendation earlier today, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, noted that even though the insurgents still create a sense of fear, many Nigerians are aware and are “doing their bit to accommodate the IDPs. He said on its part the federal government is also committed to many of the initiatives put in place to address the situation of the North-East region of the country.

Although there are economic challenges currently in the country, Prof. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration is determined to restore the infrastructure, de-mine farmlands and make the affected communities safe and habitable again.

Some of the initiatives in place include the Safe Schools Initiative, Victims Support Fund, VSF, Presidential Initiative on North East, PINE, among others. Those initiatives are now structured under the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiatives, PCNI, for which President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed General T.Y. Danjuma (rtd) to lead.

According to the Vice President, the federal government is deeply committed to the recovery and rehabilitation of the North-Eastern region and will require the continued support of the United Nations in the effort.

Speaking today during a meeting with a delegation from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Vice President commended the UN agency for its assistance so far.

“We are looking forward to much more assistance from the UNHCR,” Prof. Osinbajo told the team led by Mr. Volker Turk, the Assistant High Commissioner, while also acknowledging that the agency has done a lot. But he added that there is still a long way to go.

Observing that the situation especially with the IDPs in the North-East presented an enormous ongoing challenge, the VP said the UNHCR is “peculiarly equipped to deal with this kind of situation.”

“We urge the UNHCR to work with us as closely as possible on the resettlement and rehabilitation of IDPs,” the VP said.

In his remarks, Mr. Turk while offering the government the continued collaboration of the UN agency, stated that it is the aim of the UNHCR to support and assist the Nigerian government on how to create the space for IDPs’ return to their communities with safety, dignity and sustainability.

Also today the Vice President received a delegation from the Nigerian Association of Nephrologists led by its president, Prof. B.L Salako. The association requested that the federal government should assist in the provision of drugs for victims of kidney disease and also work with the group to standardize dialysis treatment and kidney transplants in the country.

The Vice President responded stating the importance of nephrology in medical practice and expressed government’s readiness to explore options on how to make the drugs readily available. He lamented that there are people who even don’t know they need dialysis, while many others die because they could not afford the treatment. The VP said the Buhari administration will work with the association to address this situation.