Ukraine: NCFRMI, NIDCOM, PVC Naija provide therapy for returnees

  • (2nd, right) Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, (2nd
    left), Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, (3rd
    left) Dr Bolaji Akinyemi,  Converner PVC NAIJA, and (1st right) Mr
    Fehintola Damilola, President, Nigerian Students Union, Ukraine in Abuja*


Hon. (Dr.) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora
Commission, (NiDCOM), has said the profiling and detention of Nigerians and
other African nationals in Poland detention centers is highly
unacceptable and reprehensible.

Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, stated this at the Psycho-social Trauma Clinic
for Ukraine returnees organized in partnership with National Commission
for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and
Project Victory Call Initiative (PVC) in Abuja.

She noted that though President Mohammadu Buhari had made every
necessary arrangements for Nigerians caught up in the war situation to
return home, some chose to remain in some countries like Poland
,stressing that the most appropriate action for Poland to take was to
return them back to their countries, rather than keep them in tortuous
detention centers.

The NiDCOM boss said that the two day clinic was the preliminary , as it
will be a continuous the six geo political zones .  NiDCOM
has also partnered with The Sunshine Series by creating a 24 hours
helpline (#112) for returnees who need counseling.

According to Mrs. Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Federal-Comissioner, Refugees
Commission, “We tend to ignore our mental health but mental health is
key. As Nigerians we have a lot of resilience we have that ability, but
not everybody has the same threshold when it comes to resilience and
hence the need for this particular platform so that those that need
extra support or extra care and assistance, can be able to access it”.

Mrs. Sulaiman-Ibrahim stated that the NCFRMI is the focal organ for
government for rehabilitation, resettlement and integration. So
psychosocial support is the core of rehabilitation.

She went further to explain that NCFRMI has offices in about 14
locations. And are ready to make their offices available to ensure that
collaboration with the Project Victory Call Initiative (PVC) team and
academic experts make this counseling easily accessible for the

Dr. Bolaji Akinyemi, Convener Project Victory Call Initiative (PVC)
commended the Chairman/CEO NiDCOM and the National Commissioner for
NCFRMI and the entire team for the initiative behind the program and
applauded both organizations for their immediate response.

Dr. Akinyemi stressed the importance for the prompt creation of this
program, stating that trauma has caused mental and socio psychological

He further notified the returnees that the services provided by the PVC
Initiative will be free and accessible to any and every returnee with no
cost to the government.

Mr Fehintola Damilola Moses, President of Nigeria Students in Ukraine
applauded President Mohammadu Buhari, the Minister of foreign Affairs
Hon. (Dr.) Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission
(NiDCOM) team , the Nigerian Ambassador to Ukraine, Amb Shina Feege ,
Nigerian diaspora organizations,  NGOs and all other government agencies
  for the prompt response and rescue of the students from Ukraine.

He expressed how brutal the situation was and the terrifying experiences
most of them faced during the war between Russia and Ukraine. From
spending nights in an inadequate bunker to being racially profiled in
some instances.

In his words” We had to boil snow to drink water “


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