The Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission orLRRRC, says all is set for the launch of the National Internally Displace Person (NIDP) survey report that was conducted in four counties recently.
Addressing a news conference Monday, June 10, at the Commission head office in Sinkor, suburbMonrovia,Executive Director Rev. Festus Logan says the LRRRC is an agency of government with a mandate to provide international protection, and humanitarian assistance to refugees, Liberian returnees, and disadvantaged youth, including persons of concern.
He says since the end of the Liberian civil war, the government through the Commission in 2018 fathomed an intensive month-long profiling and mapping exercise of over 20,000 Liberian citizens, who are basically internally displaced which encompass disadvantaged youth, men andwomen, who are unskilled and assumed to have no future in social opportunities.
He says the exercise was carried out with the assistance of the International Organization on Migration or IMO, the Liberia Council of Churches or LCC, and relevant agencies of government, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, among others.
“This government is concern about the wellbeing of these people, and those concerns stem from the backdrop that the government is a signatory to all relevant conventions, and protocols of the United Nations”, he adds.
Rev. Logan however, notes that the survey findings are intended to facilitate durable solutions through an inter-agency collaboration to carve measures that will provide disadvantagedyouths sustainable livelihood.
He discloses the survey was carried out in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Margibi, and Bong Counties, respectively, capturing over 20,000 NIDP from households of over 5,000 respondents.
The LRRRC boss continues that the objective of the exercise is to establish situation regarding disadvantaged youths commonly known as zogoes, exploitation and abuse in target communities, and what sort of interest government and its partners can do to find a durable solution.
The survey report captures 5,273 householdsfrom 46 communities, among them 4,794 males, which constitute 90 percent and 506 females, constituting 10 percent, detailing as it relates to their level of education, 3 percent has vocational career, 5 percent has college education, 39 percent attains high school education and 16 percent, elementary education.
Meanwhile, Executive DirectorLogan calls on humanitarian actors and Liberians generally to form part of the official launch on 13th of June. By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne