The Commonwealth Scholars Fellows Alumni Association on Wednesday appealed to the government at all levels to give more support to refugees within their localities so as to enable them secure a future.
Dr Biola Adimula, the Secretary General of the association, said in Abuja that if refugees were accepted and welcomed, they will contribute socially and economically to their host communities.
Adimula, who is also a Lecturer, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin also called on the private sectors to spur efforts in combating the refugee crisis globally.
She said that governments should ensure that “every refugee child gets education and every refugee family has somewhere safe to live as well as work or learn new skills to support their families.“
She explained that the displaced persons had emotions, ambitions, feelings and aspirations like every other human being so they rely on the rest of the world for support.
“ It is time that we acknowledge the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees and the contributions they make to communities around the world.
“ So the least we can do is to welcome refugees into our communities.
“Because if refugees are accepted and welcomed and have a chance to learn and grow, then they will contribute socially and economically to their receiving countries, and to your community.
“As international organisations continue their effort in stabilising displaced people and securing a future for them, we charge governmental organisations to intensify effort in fighting this battle,’’ she said.
Adimula, however, noted that there was need to consolidate existing efforts, saying “our efforts should not only be reactive, but also proactive in order to prevent scenarios that lead to displacements.
“ While reaching out to displaced persons, governmental organisations and the international community should employ more proactive measures to minimise conflicts, thereby minimising displacement rates,” she said.
According to the United Nations report more than 65 million people globally are currently displaced by conflicts emanating from political instability, terrorism, ethnic conflicts and bad governance.
“It says each day thousands of people are made to feel unwelcome in their own countries.
“They are forced to escape from persecution and war and from natural disasters and even climate change.
“And more than half of the population of these displaced people are children and women who undergo high level suffering after experiencing a forceful shift from their homes to foreign lands.”(NAN)