Chris Steven, Abuja
The Federal Government has signed a tripartite agreement with the United Nations High
Commission for Refuge (UNHCR) and the Republic of Cameroun for the return of Nigerian refugees who had fled for safety and are currently taking refuge in Cameroun.
Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA Muhammad Sani Sidi, disclosed this when an African Union Humanitarian Mission led by Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi,
Commissioner Political Affairs, visited the Headquarters of the Agency at THE weekend.
He said there were about eighty thousand (80,000) displaced NIGERIANS currently taking refuge in Cameroun and that the federal government has been making efforts to cater for all their basic needs.
According to him, the Federal Government and governments of states affected by the
insurgency, United Nations Organisations, International Non-Governmental
Organisations and the private sector had done a lot in the past four years to manage
large numbers of internally displaced persons in the North East, adding that “we have
moved from the emergency response stage to recovery and resettlement of the
He urged the visiting Commissioner to use her good offices as Commissioner
Political Affairs of the African Union to seek for more assistance and support for the
affected persons and the states. He thanked all the development partners, UN
agencies, Civil Societies for working tirelessly in supporting the IDPs and Government
Earlier, the Commissioner said they were in Nigeria to assess the situation of IDPs
and to discuss areas of possible support. She added that displaced Nigerians were
of concern to the African Union, as records available to AU indicate that there were
about 13 million displaced persons and 3 million refugees on the continent.
She commended the efforts of the Nigerian government and the military for
degrading and minimizing the activities of the insurgents in the northeast. She said
with the large number of displaced persons living in the camps, the AU will continue
to give more attention to the issues of displacement through interaction and focus
on addressing the root causes of conflict in Africa.