Nathaniel Gbaoron, Lafia
The Victims of the Boko Haram insurgency displaced in the North-East who are still in Cameroon for over 8 years would be repatriated home immediately after a technical meeting of the Presidential Committee on the Repatriation and the management of ex-combatants.
Governor Babagana Zulum, disclosed this while receiving the Governor of Far North Region of Cameroon Republic Mijiyawa Bakare who was on a courtesy call on him at the Government House, as part of his working visit to State.
According to Governor Zulum, the Nigerians displaced in the North-East who were in Minaeou camps would be repatriated with the support UNHCR and UNDP.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a committee called Presidential Committee on the Repatriation and the management of the ex-combatants, and very soon the second technical working group will be in Maiduguri or Marwa so that at least by end of September or early October the repatriation of the remaining refugees living in Minaeou camp to Nigeria will resume.
The reopening of borders according to the Borno state Governor was something very important to the two countries as it will increase the economic activities of Borno as well as Nigeria at large, and more importantly it will improve the economy of the Republic of Cameroon.
Prof zulum also assured that very soon the economic and trading activities would be resumed. He appealed to the Governor of the Far North-East region of Cameroon, Mr Mijin Yawa Bakari, to support the repatriation process as he had done before.
On his part, the Governor of Far North-East who is also the Executive Secretary of the Forum of Governors of member states of the Chad basin commission said that the two states share common security challenges and they need collaboration to fight the menace of the negative impact of Boko Haram insurgency.
“The situation of Nigerian refugees in Far Northeast Cameroon, calls for synergy of action to realise and achieve a lasting solution on repatriation and resettlement of refugees,” he added.