By Usman Shuaibu
Officials of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) yesterday joined children at one of the IDPs camps in Abuja to celebrate the 2019 International Children’s Day.
Children from all IDPs camps in Abuja were assembled at the Durumi camp where they were engaged in merriments including dancing competition and sack race among others. High point of the occasion was the cutting of the cake and presentation of prizes to winners of the competitions as well as distribution of Care and maintenance materials.
A statement by Abdul A. Onu, Head of Press and PR of the commission, yesterday said the Federal Commissioner for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Sadiya Umar-Farouq who was represented at the occasion by the Director Refugees and Migration, Ambassador Lawal Mohammed Hamidu said that the gesture was in line with the mandate of the Commission and to give the children a sense of belonging.
He assured that the Commission will continue to do its best to provide protection and training to IDPs and persons of concern as a way of durable solution. “It is my sincere prayer that the children will celebrate the next International Children’s Day in their homes of origins” he said even as he advised parents not to toy with education of their wards no matter how hard the situation may be.
Items distributed include food and non food materials as well as educational materials such as; school bags, sandals and writing materials.
Responding on behalf of the IDPs, the General Coordinator of IDPs, Baba Idriss Halilu commended the Commission and the Federal Government for the kind gesture and for honouring the children on occasion of the 2019 International Children’s Day.