With 3.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), Nigeria has the largest population of internally displaced persons. Approximately a third of IDPs in Africa and 10 percent of IDPs in the world. More than some countries with age long conflicts. In order to integrate those affected we designed a framework that will connect displaced individuals/families to families in other parts of Nigeria. Sensitization and advocacy to religious organizations to adopt displaced persons and providing them with psycho-social support and mentorship required to fully re-integrate them back into the society.
Plans are to create a website which would provide the demography of IDPs and ascertain number of IDP camps in Nigeria. Placement of artisans and crafts persons with similar trade persons round the country. Initiate animal husbandry, sports, capacity building, skills acquisition programmes, agriculture and sporting facilities in the camps.
To integrate internally displaced persons back into the society. The OneNaija mission believes that we Nigerians regardless of our tribe, culture, language or religion, should be our brother’s keeper. To this end, the project strives to build the divide that religious crisis has created over the years by giving to the needy victims in the northeastern part of the country. We have come to acknowledge that without these people there can’t be a country called Nigeria, so we have decided to stretch our hands of fellowship and love to them so they know that we sincerely care about them.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
The objectives were achieved through advocacy, sensitization, awareness campaigns, collaborations with government agencies, security personnel, community leaders, individuals, corporate organizations, students’ bodies and NGOs who donated cash, clothing and other accessories to these persons of national concern.
Conceptualized a framework that was deployed to connect displaced individuals/families with families around the country towards giving them a new lease on life.
Through this initiative we have been able to create some form of awareness of the need to provide support to these persons of national concern. Improved better living conditions for the internally displaced persons. More coordinated camps for displaced persons which guarantees safety of lives. Leadership development.
Funding: This has been the most challenging part of the organization. Relying on donations to achieve the objectives was a nightmare.
Commitment: Due to the nature of the initiative people were sceptical about supporting at the initial stage. People were not ready to connect with a displaced person for security reasons. However, we made them realize that internally displaced persons did not go to the place on their own accord but due to the skirmishes that arose.
Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic bottlenecks were encountered. Government agencies addled with the responsibility of providing relief to displaced persons sometimes shirk their responsibilities.
Basic amenities: Due to the huge number of persons in IDPs camps, lack of basic amenities posed challenges as well.
Safety: Owing to the precarious nature of the situation and region it was sort of a herculean task getting involved in such mission.
Over the years we have seen and experienced major changes in our understanding of social and economic change, transition and development. These are complex processes requiring considerable attention to the specifics of local situations and circumstances. They are also processes which are situated in a system of global interconnections and influences. Because of this tension between the global and the local, they require subtle understanding of the interplay of social, cultural, political and economic variables. These involve various actors and agents including states, international organisations. The programme provided me an opportunity to fully understand the problem of insurgency ravaging the northern part of Nigeria rendering thousands of people homeless and hundreds maimed or killed. With this understanding of the local situation and socio-cultural interplay, we were able to come up with an initiative aimed at re-integrating internally displaced persons back into Nigerian society.