Refugees Commission unveils plans for IDPs, trains staff on budget implementation 

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMIDP) has said it will improve on the protection of the Internally Displaced Persons camps (IDPs) and services across the country as directed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Federal Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Aliyu Tijani Ahmed, gave the assurance Thursday in Abuja, at a one-day intellectual seminar for tbe staffs on the imperative of legal fluency for public servants titled: “Navigating financial regulation, fiscal responsibility and procurement laws.”

Ahmed described the seminar as community engagement meant to reflect upon the critical role that legal fluency plays in the tapestry of public service.

While thanking President Bola Tinubu for looking into the plights of the Commission and for capturing most of the requirements of the Commission into the 2024 budget, the NCRMIDP boss said the event was aimed at ensuring a confluence of minds dedicated to advancing proficiency of public servants in the legal aspects that govern the financial and administrative systems of the nation.

“Let them (IDPs) be calm, let them also be sincere and be peaceful, the Commission as directed by Mr. President will do everything humanly possible to give them protection and the services required.

“Sometimes in December, President Bola Tinubu had summitted a budget of Renewed Hope, the commission is part of the beneficiaries of this budget, and if we are to benefit from this budget, how are we ready once the budget is being unveiled? 

“When our own portion of the budget is being made public, what is our arrangement so far to make sure that we expended this money according to the provision of the law?.

“The only way we can do that is to enhance the knowledge of our staff in the account and in the service of the Commission which means we have to organize a seminar of this kind so that we can brainstorm and look at this budget and understand way forward.”

On his part, one of the resource persons at the seminar, Prof Almustapha Usuji, commended the Commission for organizing such seminar, which according to him should be emulated by every other agency.

“Every agency should emulate what they have done, which is to look at the key steps in financial regulation then the procurement act and the fiscal responsibility act, if you look at these holistically it will help in the implementation of budget in accordance with the constitution.”

He also said that a follow up mechanism has been drafted which the commission will adopt in making sure that the seminar will be implemented in the work place.