The House of Representatives is putting legislative structures in place to ensure protection of the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has assured.
A statement signed by Turaki Hassan, Special Adviser, Media/Public Affairs to the Speaker, said Dogara gave the assurance when received a delegation from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).
The statement was issued to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
Dogara said that efforts were on top gear by relevant committees in the House to ensure that Nigeria domesticate and ratify the UN Kampala treaty on the rights of refugees.
He said that the committees would soon conclude work on the document and submit it at plenary for further legislative action.
He said that the bill for the establishment of the proposed North-East Commission and the Kampala Commission were also before the committees.
He added the report of the committees would be brought before the House during plenary for consideration.
“Hopefully we will pass it and in no distant time, it will be ratified,”he said.
The speaker told the delegation that in recognition of the plight of IDPs and the need to rehabilitate and resettle them, the House constituted a committee on IDPs.
He said that the House would not support the call for over 2 million displaced persons to return to their communities until adequate security was provided in the affected areas.
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