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UN Assistant Secretary General Commends Yobe State for Pioneering IDP Policy

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The United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Robert Piper, has commended the Yobe State Government for its innovative policy on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Yobe State has become the first in Nigeria to implement a comprehensive strategy addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by IDPs, as reported by Neptune Prime.

In a statement on his official X handle, Piper lauded the policy, highlighting it as a testament to the government’s dedication to improving the lives of displaced individuals. He remarked that this initiative has set Yobe State apart as a leader in managing displacement issues.

Governor Mai Mala Buni elaborated that the policy is grounded in the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence. Its strategic objectives are centered on protection, access to essential services, and finding sustainable solutions for displacement.

The policy prioritizes the rights and dignity of all displaced individuals, particularly women, children, and other vulnerable groups, ensuring their active involvement in decision-making processes.

Dr. Mohammed Goje, Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, expressed satisfaction at the UN’s acknowledgment of Governor Buni’s efforts. He emphasized that Yobe State has consistently led in providing support to vulnerable populations, especially IDPs, and that this policy will bring substantial improvements to the state’s displacement situation.

The Yobe State Policy on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) was officially launched on July 4, 2024, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center in Abuja by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

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