The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said it is collecting data on food insecurity and to verify the number of displaced persons in the country.
Speaking during the 2019 African Statistics Day held in Abuja yesterday, the Statistician General of the Federation (SGF), Dr. Yemi Kale, said NBS has been working with the World Bank and the United Nation’s Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics on enhance the production of statistics on internal displacement and forced migration.
President of the Nigerian Statistical Association, Prof. Sidney Iheanyi Onyeagu, told the gathering that there are 2.3 million forcibly displaced people in Nigeria.
Kale said the NBS has launched a call centre, using computer assisted telephone interviewing techniques to monitor conflict regions and the impact of forced displacement on affected regions.
The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade, said the Federal Government has put in place National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and is currently implementing several intervention programmes for the management of forced displaced persons in Nigeria.