Vice President Joseph Boakai, Sr. has reiterated government’s commitment to tackle the problems of internally displaced people in Liberia through the ratification of the Kampala Convention.
According to him, the Government of Liberia remains committed to ensure that the Kampala Convention is ratified and domesticated to provide protection and care of Liberians and others who have been displaced as the result of conflict or natural disasters in the country.
He spoke Wednesday at the end of a three-day seminar for stakeholders to ensure the ratification and domestication of the Kampala Convention, which Liberia signed more than three years ago. The ceremony was held at a resort in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Mr. Boakai stressed the need for the protection and care for all Liberians which, according to him, are critical to the growth development of the nation, where the issue of the internally displaced will not be taken for granted. He said anybody can be displaced either internally or on foreign soil at any time in life.”
“The down pour of rain in Monrovia and other parts of the country in recent times has made some Liberians to be displaced, and this needs government intervention in their situation. This must be addressed through an appropriate legislation,” he added.
The V.P Boakai further emphasized the need to ratify the Kampala Convention because it will help us to tackle the problem of internal displacement in Liberia. He noted that this is a problem Liberia has oftentimes
The Kampala Convention, which was adopted by the African Union, calls for the protection and assistance for internally displaced person in Africa. The convention, was signed by African Governments in 2009, marking a milestone of preventing and addressing one of the continent’s most serious humanitarian crises.
The three-day seminar for domestication of the convention law and policy on internal displacement was organized by the International Development Monitoring Center based in Switzerland, in collaboration with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Liberia Refugee Repartition and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC).
Participants who successfully completed the three-day sections were certificated, climaxing the end of the event.