2015NPC, UNFPA AND STAKEHOLDERS COMMMEORATE THE WORLD POPULATION DAY
11th July 2015 was the World Population Day. The theme of 2015 WPD is ‘Vulnerable Population in Emergencies’. Nigeria joined the rest of the nations to commemorate the 2015 World Population Day, which is marked globally since 1989.
With about 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) largely due to communal conflicts and insurgency in the North East, the theme of the 2015 WPD is of crucial relevance and timely to Nigeria. It’s been reported that, about 167, 000 Nigerians have fled the North East insurgency to take refuge in the neighboring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Majority of the IDPs are women, children and the elderly. 52% of the total IDP population is estimated to be children under the age of 18.
The vulnerable population in emergencies is exposed to series of protection risks and threats such as forced labor by the insurgents, physical abuse and torture, extortion, abductions, theft, forced conscription and sexual and gender based violence as well as poor living conditions and debilitating poverty.
To sensitize the populace on the plight of IDPs and elicit commitment from government at all levels and stakeholders in addressing their needs, the National Population Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), partners and stakeholders carried out series of activities for the commemoration of the 2015 WPD.
A press conference marking the commencement of the 2015 WPD took place on Thursday, 9th July 2015 at the Commission’s headquarters. Speaking at the event, the Chairman of NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma defines vulnerability as the degree to which a population, individual or organization is unable to anticipate, cope with, resist and recover from impacts of disasters.
‘’ The vulnerable population in emergencies are part and parcel of the society and all hands must be on deck to ensure that their sufferings are mitigated and they are properly rehabilitated and integrated into the society. Given the opportunities, the vulnerable population can also make meaningful contribution to the development of the society.” The NPC Boss added.
The commemoration featured participation of Commission’s functionaries and stakeholders in media programmes on national and radio television in order to create awareness on the plight of the IDPs.
The commemoration also took the Commission and its partners to to some camps of the IDPs within the Federal Capital Territory on 13th July 2015. The team visited the IDPs camp in new Kuchigoro in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Pyegi in Kuje Area Council and some relief items were presented to the IDPs.
The commemoration of the 2015 WPD reached with a public lecture on Caring for Vulnerable Population in Emergencies delivered by Alhassan Nuhu, Director of Disarster Risk at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Speakers at the event include Hajiya Hadiza Sani Kangiwa, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and Fatima Gebi, a Chibok Girls Ambassador.