A non-governmental organisation, Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society (Zakat Foundation), has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to raise N500 million for Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.
This is even as the UN body has called for legal protection for the over three million IDPs in the country.
Deputy Regional Manager, UNHCR, Shadi Ghrawi, who disclosed this during a workshop for members of the Foundation in Abuja, yesterday, tasked the Federal Government and the international community on swift and stronger response to the plight of displaced people following violence and insurgent attacks in some parts of the country.
He said the workshop was organised to strengthen retention and fundraising efforts of the Foundation through the application of personalised donor stewardship plans.
“In Nigeria, there are more than three million IDPs. And UNHCR is working with different partners to provide them with humanitarian support,” he said.
Also speaking, Chief Imam, Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, Fuad Adeyemi, said the organisation was the first to benefit from the international agency’s partnership with NGOs in raising funds for IDPs, noting that participants were drawn from all parts of the country.