House of Reps to enter partnership deal with Red Cross

House of Reps to enter partnership deal with Red Cross

The Femi Gbajabiamila-led Federal House of Representatives are reportedly set to partner with the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) over the state of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

Gbajabiamila who is the speaker of the House of Representatives, revealed this while receiving the ICRC delegation led by the organisation’s head in Nigeria, Mr Eloi Fillion, on Thursday in Abuja.

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“We’re more than happy to collaborate with you. I’m glad you’re working with my Special Assistant on IDPs. He has a lot of zeal for the work. We always look forward to collaboration such as this. Nigeria is a signatory. If the House domesticates it, I think the different states have to do the same. We’ll try and see how we can get it domesticated,” he stated.

Gbajabiamila noted that the collaboration was necessary to ease the sufferings of displaced persons, following the Kampala Convention on IDPs which he believes will go a long way in addressing their plights.

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According to him, a situation where some international conventions demand that organisations such as ICRC could provide assistance to both soldiers and insurgents at the same time would not augur well for the country.‎

On his part, Mr Fillion said the ICRC would want to collaborate with the House in a number of areas to achieve its mandate in Nigeria, calling for the domestication of the Geneva Convention and the Kampala Convention on IDPs.

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