Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, with officials of Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, on Tuesday arrived Marwa town in the Republic of Cameroon.
This is for the voluntary repatriation of 9,800 Nigerians of Borno origin, among the 46,000 Nigerians taking refuge in Minawao camp in Cameroon.
It would be recalled that in September 2019, Zulum during his trip to the camp, promised citizens that he would in response to their appeal, work with stakeholders for their successful reparation and dignified resettlement.
The 9,800 Nigerians constitute the first batch of citizens who have shown willingness to be evacuated to resettlement houses built by Borno Government in Bama and Banki towns.
Zulum who arrived Cameroon on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday, led the Nigerian delegation to a meeting on the tripartite (repatriation) agreement signed between Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, in Marwa in far north Cameroon hosted by the Governor, Mijinyawa Bakare.
Before traveling to Cameroon, Zulum had series of meetings with Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq; Federal Commission, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Senator Basheer, and other relevant ambassadors.
The meeting is aimed at following all established procedures towards lawful repatriation.
The governor is in Cameroon with the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Malam Bashir Alkali, the ministry’s Humanitarian Director, Ali Grema; officials from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, the governor’s adviser on External and Liaison Services, Ambassador Adamu Abbas who is also a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) established for implementation of the tripartite repatriation agreement.
Others are; Member of House of Representatives representing Bama, Ngala, Kala-Balge Federal Constituency, Zainab Gimba; Chairperson of State Emergency Management Agency; Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Sugun Mai Mele; Special Adviser on Projects Monitoring and Evaluation, Engr Abba Wakilbe; and the governor’s Principal Secretary, Barrister Mustapha Busuguma.
It would be recalled that in September 2019, Zulum during his trip to the camp, promised citizens that he would in response to their appeal, work with stakeholders for their successful reparation and dignified resettlement