Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq has led the successful return of 134 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.

This followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s instructions that all Nigerian refugees in Cameroon be returned home safely to a life of dignity and pride with immediate effect.

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, had earlier met with the officials of the Cameroonian government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, in Maroua, Cameroon, at the weekend.

Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Senator Basheer Lado led the Nigerian delegation to a meeting with officials of the Cameroonian government.

The meeting is a follow-up to meetings held in 2017 initiated by the then commissioner and now minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.

The minister stressed that necessary arrangements have been made for the refugees’ socio-economic reinsertion into Nigeria.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Refugees and Migration, Tai Ejibunu added that the importance of the meeting of the Technical Working Groups, TWGs, of both countries on the Voluntary Repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon and the support of the humanitarian ministry cannot be overemphasized.

Lado, who is also the Chairman, TWG of Nigeria, said the meeting is a forerunner to the Tripartite Commission’s meeting scheduled to hold this week.

“The meeting would provide a platform for officials of both counties to have in-depth discussions on the protocols and strategies to follow in repatriating the several thousands of Nigerian refugees that are stationed in Minawao Camp in the Republic of Cameroon.

“Therefore, I would urge officials of both countries to be open in their discussions, while putting into consideration, the interests of the refugees, following international best practices and the guidance of our technical partner, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offices, both in Nigeria and Cameroon.

“The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum has demonstrated uncommon passion in ensuring that citizens of his state in Cameroon are repatriated home in safety and given a new lease of life.”

He thanked the government and people of Cameroon who have shown love and hospitality to the Nigerian refugees.

 


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