ZUMUNTA ASSOCIATION USA, INC
24th ANNUAL ZUMUNTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
HELD AT STAYBRIDGE SUITES, ATLANTA, GA, USA
ON JULY 29, 2017
Zumunta Association USA, Inc as the umbrella organization of people from the nineteen northern states of Nigeria without regards for ethnic affiliation, religion or educational background but bound in unity of purpose dedicated its 2017 Annual Convention Conference to the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with skyrocketing numbers in Abuja, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara States in Nigeria is cause for significant concern.
Aside the fact that the IDPs were not safe in their communities, it is perplexing to know that they are not safe in designated camps either. In addition, security is lax and the camps have transmuted from a safe haven to a place where women are sexually abused, children are malnourished and they serve as breeding ground for potential recruits into nefarious gangs. This is further exacerbated by the fact that the resources meant to support the IDPs are being diverted for personal use or resold by those given the responsibility to ensure such resources reach the appropriate persons.
Zumunta is calling on the relevant agencies that are meant to support the vulnerable children and women who comprise the bulk of the IDPs to come together and attend to the most urgent and pressing matter of supporting and resettlement of the IDPs in an accountable and transparent manner.
It is Zumunta’s view that the presence of IDPs in camps within their homeland is almost always an indictment of the government’s inability to actively and meaningfully engage communities from the early stages by addressing legitimate dissatisfaction, conflicts and concerns by the populace. The IDPs phenomenon in Nigeria today is an outcome of neglect, poverty, misinformation, mischief and sabotage. To forestall and reverse this trend, it is imperative that government at various levels, community leaders and the people must do their part.
Zumunta’s conference on IDPs at the Convention was declared open by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, Executive Governor of Plateau State, Nigeria. Panelists with first hand practical experience on these issues were drawn from public organizations, medical professions, traditional rulers, media practitioners, as well as civil society organizations. These panelists provided insight into the myriad issues related to IDPs.
Based on the outcome of the conference, Zumunta Association USA Inc. therefore:
God Bless the United States of America
God Bless Nigeria
God Bless Zumunta Association USA, Inc.