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Lagos opens transit camp to assist migrants, IDPs

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The Lagos State government has opened a transit camp to assist migrants and internally displaced persons in their rehabilitation and reintegration (IDPs).

The camp is located in the Igando, Alimosho region of Lagos State, under the Lagos State Relief and Resettlement Camp.

The camp is a collaboration between the European Union (EU), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

The project, which is being executed by the IOM and administered by LASEMA, is being funded by the EU.

According to Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, who represented governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the IOM and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFMRI) asked to use some of the facilities at the Relief Camp for the transit centre.

In addition, the IOM would provide services and improve existing facilities.

The Lagos State government also recently announced plans to build a third relief camp in the state’s Ibeju-Lekki axis as part of efforts to facilitate the reintegration of migrants and internally displaced persons.

The transit centre, according to NCFMRI Federal Commissioner Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, was the first of its sort in Sub-Saharan Africa and marked a new chapter in the care of displaced persons.

Suleiman-Ibrahim also commended the Lagos State government for assisting PoCs to the Commission and being a willing partner in managing migration.

At any given time, the transit centre can accommodate 400 people while those who have been displaced can remain in the centre for two to twelve nights.

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