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CSOs, Media Strategise to Address Internal Displacement in Nigeria

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 Mr Auwal Musa, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), said it was the responsibility of the media to provide accurate and objective report on crises and internal displacements.

Musa stated this in Abuja on Friday at a media and civil society roundtable on internal displacements in Nigeria.He said that civil society had remained the true voice of the voiceless, in most cases, the first responders whenever displacement occurred.Musa said that reported cases of displaced persons had warranted a multi-dimensional approach to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were duly assisted.

According to him, there appears to be very limited synergy across both spheres in ensuring that the inputs of the media and CSOs are systematically targeted at the issues of internal displacement.Musa said that the country had no legal framework to address and assist IDPs in the country, adding that there was the need to provide guideline that would be used to assist them.

Mrs Bummi Olanipekun, a representative of the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria, said that Nigeria was facing humanity crises in the North-East.Olanipekun said that the roundtable was to ensure that the media educated the public on the cases of IDPs in the North-East.In his contribution, Mr Tunde Salman of Good Governance Team said that there was the need for the country to have a law or policies that protected IDPs.“The CSOs and the media need to partner to address issues that affect the IDPs such as lack of law and policies and lack of accurate data,’’ Salman said.

He advised that the media should do more investigative reporting in order to educate people on the proper issues affecting IDPS.

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