Lagos - Civil Society Organisations on Sunday urged the government, NGOs, religious groups, charitable and voluntary organisations to invest heavily in providing succour to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
The organisations, which consist of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH), Uduimo Itsueli Foundation (UIF) and Fertility Care Centre of Africa (FCCA), in partnership with Terra Kulture and the Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWA) Ondo State Chapter, made the appeal while addressing newsmen in Lagos.
They called for the provision of free maternity homes, rehabilitation homes, highly professional counseling services and material needs to alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs.
Dr Nkechi Asogwa, Director, FACH said that tackling the appalling human condition and human deterioration facing the rescued victims and IDPs required collective efforts.
''Recently, members of the coalition organised a team of journalists, nurses, social workers and medical personnel to travel to Yola and visit the Camps.
''The coalition assisted and gave cash donation, food items, drugs and basic health care to the IDPs, but these people need more.
''These rescued women, elderly men, pregnant women, girls and children need humanitarian assistance to survive in those camps, '' she said.
Also speaking, Dr Henrietta Williams of FCCA urged the Federal Government to declare a national emergency on the issue of the IDPs and provide public information on the state of the distressed population.
In her remarks, Mrs Ifeyinwa Awagu, Secretary, FACH said that meeting with the IDPs and hearing from them revealed they were in great need of relief items and monetary assistance.
She urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to update Nigerians regularly on the happenings and challenges faced by the IDPs.
'NEMA need to tell Nigerians the challenges being faced by the IDPs so that willing Nigerians can provide support to upscale humanitarian assistance to displaced persons.
''We need to collectively render selfless humanitarian assistance to alleviate, mitigate and support the IDPs to ensure the safe return and resettlement of the IDPs, ''she said.
A report recently released by the Internal Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) entitled 'Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence' said Nigeria has 3.3 million persons displaced by conflict.