The repatriation of about 46,000 Nigerian refugees, mostly from Borno who fled to Cameroon due to insurgency is to commenced on Feb. 27.
Mallam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babagana Zulum on Public Relations and Strategy, made this known on Thursday in a statement in Maiduguri.
Gusau said the date was fixed following a meeting of stakeholders in Maroua, Cameroon.
“Following a two-day visit to Cameroon by Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, a tripartite commission meeting held on Wednesday night, has fixed February 27th, and March 7th, 2021 to commence the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees towards resettlement in Borno State.
“About 46,000 Nigerians, mostly from Borno, have been taking refuge in Minawao refugee camp, located in Mokolo, far north region of Cameroon,” Gusau said.
Gusau said that the meeting had in attendance the Cameroonian delegation led by the host country’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Mr Paul Atanga Nji, Governor of far north Cameroon, Mr Midjiyawa Bakary and some humanitarian officials.
The Nigerian delegation at the meeting include Gov. Zulum, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Malam Bashir Alkali, the Ministry’s humanitarian Director, Mr Ali Grema, and some top Officials from the Nigerian High Commission in Cameroon.