New electronic ID cards for Nigeria refugees

The United Nations (UN) refugee agency, UNHCR is to issue electronic identity cards to people displaced by violence perpetrated by Boko Haram fighters in the North-East region.

UNHCR says it is working with federal government to register 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) in camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The authorities say internally displaced persons, aged 16 and above are eligible to receive the card, which is expected to protect them from harassment

The electronic card is also expected to give them better access to education and health services.

According to the UN, more than two million people have been displaced by Boko Haram’s violence in the Lake Chad region.

According to him, “I have intimated elsewhere that one problem with all the talk about restructuring is that the discussion is not being framed properly – and certain precepts are missing. I have said, and it is my firm conviction, that we must give precedence to the unity of Nigeria at all times, and put the interests of the country first. We must not be afraid to think outside the box. We must not be afraid of
reform.”

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