CCNF demands local govt’s participation for Rohingya response
Published : Thursday, 19 August, 2021 at 6:21 PM Count : 250
The Cox's Bazar CSO NGO Forum (CCNF), a network of 50 local and national NGOs working in Cox's Bazar, has demanded effective participation of local government bodies, especially the Union Parishads of Cox's Bazar, in managing the Rohingya crisis.
In a virtual seminar organized on Thursday on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the speakers also opined that, the local people's representatives are the first to stand by the people in the disaster, so the involvement of local organizations and local people's representatives is essential in formulating the program.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Co-Chair and Executive Director of COAST Foundation, and Abu Murshed Chowdhury, Co-Chair and Executive Director of PHALS moderated the seminar titled ‘World Humanitarian Day: Localization and Local Government.’
The local government expert Dr. Tofail Ahmed, Hnila Union Parishad Chairman Rashed Mahmud Ali, Palangkhali Union Parishad Panel Chairman Nurul Absar, Hnila Union Parishad Member Morzina Akter, Rajapalang Union Parishad Member Helal Uddin, Executive Director of YPSA Md. Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Jago Nari Sangstha Sheuli Sharma also spoke at the occasion. The keynote presentation of the seminar was made by Md. Mujibul Haque Munir of COAST Foundation. Representatives of local and national NGOs and media spoke on the occasion.
Md. Mujibul Haque Munir mentioned that when the Rohingyas took shelter in Cox's Bazar, the local people's representatives, especially the local union council chairmen and members, stood by them along with the local people.
“Being closest to the people, they understand the needs of the people best. Therefore, the participation of local government and local people's representatives is essential in all areas of Rohingya crisis management.”
Dr. Tofail Ahmed said that the Union Parishad can play a direct and strong role in any disaster or humanitarian crisis, but we still have some structural weaknesses in the Union Parishads.
“Some changes in the national policy framework are needed to overcome this weakness. With the help of policy, the Union Parishad can play an effective and sustainable role in any disaster. Upazila Parishads need to be more involved in disaster management.”
Hnila Union Parishad member Morzina Akhter said they can play a more active role if our views are taken into account in taking any action in our area.