CCC commends FG’s dialogue with Niger Delta, condemns sexual abuses in IDP camps

Posted by News Express | 3 November 2016 | 1,833 times

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The Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) has welcomes the recent meeting between the Federal Government and leaders of Niger Delta region, affirming that there is no issue of conflict that cannot be resolved through sincere dialogue and open mind.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, signed by CCC Executive Secretary, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd.), the Centre urged both parties to keep the spirit alive and to ensure that grievances are resolved peacefully, in the interest of the country.

The statement reads: “Without prejudice to whatever agreement that was reached by both parties, the Centre believes that this is a step in the right direction that will go a long way towards calming nerves in the Niger Delta and bring peace to Nigeria.

“The Centre condemns in its entirety, the reported cases of sexual exploitation in the IDP camps particularly in the North East. We consider it totally inhuman for any person to take advantage of the helpless situation of the displaced persons to sexually abuse them. This inhuman act has resulted in psychological, social and physical problems for the victims and the society. This is in addition to unwanted pregnancies in the camps and the spread of HIV.

“The Centre, however, appreciates the prompt intervention of the Presidency which ordered a thorough investigation into the odious act. It is hoped that the police will give this assignment the seriousness and urgent attention it deserves. The culprits must be found and made to face the full wrath of the law.”

The Centre also commended the setting up of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) and the recent inauguration of members of the committee by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Centre said it hopes and indeed believes that the committee will work assiduously in line with its Strategic Implementation Framework in order to actualise the mandate of providing immediate succor to the IDPs and rebuilding of the region following years of devastation by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Centre also declared its readiness and willing to partner the committee in any way to ensure timely implementation of the onerous task of rehabilitation, rebuilding and reintegrating of the north east region.

•Photo shows CCC Executive Secretary Yusuf Anas.


Source: News Express

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