Beginning of the FG panel’s work on the repatriation of 330,000 refugees

THE Federal Government has officially written to the Republic of Niger and has contacted the Republics of Cameroon and Chad for the repatriation of 330,000 Nigerian refugees to neighboring countries.

At the end of last month, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, announced that 330,000 Nigerian refugees were currently residing in neighboring countries due to worsening insecurity in the country. Nigeria.

The distribution of the 330,000 Nigerian refugees in neighboring countries, according to the minister, “consists of 16,634 in Chad, 118,409 in Cameroon, while the Republic of Niger has 186,957”.

Contacted on Monday for updates on the government’s repatriation measures, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons said the federal government and the Borno state government had started the refugee repatriation process.

Acting Deputy Director, Department of Refugees and Migrants, NCFRMI, Murdakai Titus, said tripartite agreements for the repatriation exercise were also signed by the parties concerned.

He said: “We have written to the authorities of the Republic of Niger that we want to bring our people back. Second, the governor of Borno State, who is partly the host of these refugees, is responsible for visiting the Republic of Niger.

“He met the authorities there and expressed his willingness to receive his people. At the same time, the government of Niger wants us to intervene and the international community to intervene to facilitate the return of the population.

Titus told our correspondent that the government had set up a committee for the voluntary repatriation of Nigerians in the three countries, adding that various tripartite agreements involving Nigeria, its neighbors and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees were in progress. signing course.

“Thus, on the side of the federal government, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons, being the focal agency with the mandate to assist and protect refugees, returnees and displaced persons, we have put set up a committee on this subject, ”he said.

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