Abuja - The Nigeria Stability and
Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), has raised alarm over the poor living
conditions of women and children in Internally Displaced Camps around the
Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, NSRP's Women and Girls Manager, made
the statement on Monday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of
She said there was the need for all stakeholders to step up
actions at improving the lives of these vulnerable groups in the country,
saying Nigeria can no longer claim ignorance.
According to her, majority of people in IDPs camps including
women and girls lack access to water, sanitation, dignity, education and basic
shelter among others.
She declared that if these needs were not properly
addressed, Nigeria might be faced with unending humanitarian crises.
Nwadinobi stressed the need for the Federal Government to
build strong partnerships with all stakeholders to enable IDPs live better
Prof. Patricia Donli, Executive Director, Gender Equality,
Peace and Development Centre, said the centre had in July 2015 carried out an
assessment on life in IDP camps in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
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She said that violent extremism in these states had resulted
in majority of the people being displaced and living in deplorable conditions.
While commending the activities of development partners,
Donli said more needed to be done to enable women and children live better
"The unrelenting attacks of the insurgents in these states
have led to colossal loss of lives and property; abduction of women and girls;
have led to their subjection to various forms of abuses.
"In the IDP camps, they face deplorable conditions such as
general lack of inadequate provisions of basic needs and risk of communicable
diseases such as malaria, typhoid and cholera.
"Some of them suffer from psycho-social trauma, but
unfortunately, the IDPs are helpless, fearful, and lack the voice and the skill
to ensure their needs are met."
She said the team visited Chibok, Bama, Konduga and Gwoza
communities and realised that post-insurgency reconstruction needs were
The professor said that access to water and toilets should
be improved, adding that there was also need for improvement in the quality and
quantity of water supplied to the camps.
"The toilet facilities are very poor and inadequate; for
this reason, many IDPs use the surrounding bushes as toilets.
"There is the need for the number of toilets to be
increased; women and men need separate toilets to ensure privacy and well being
of all IDPs in the camps."
Donli also urged security agencies to ensure proper
monitoring of movements in and around the camps, to forestall further attacks
on lives and property.
NSRP is aimed at reducing violent conflict, by providing
support to stakeholders to better manage conflict and reduce poverty in the
It is funded by UK Department for International Development
and implemented by the British Council.