NEMA To Receive Additional 3,000 Refugees From Cameroon
• Groups Call For Prudent Management Of Victims Support Fund
The North East Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Kanar has said that arrangements have been completed for the repatriation of over 3, 000 Nigerian refugees from Borno State at the Shahuda Cameroonian border post in Adamawa state.
The delay in repatriation, according to NEMA, was as a result of the ongoing registrations formalities at the Sahuda Cameroonian border posts by immigration officials of two countries.
The additional repatriation of refugees, was contained in a statement of the zonal information officer of the agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim; and made available Saturday to newsmen in Maiduguri, the state capital.
He said the Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi and the Deputy Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Zanna Mustapha, are already at the Sahuda Cameroonian border post to facilitate the repatriation of refugees that fled from Boko Haram attacks in Gambouru, Banki, Kala/Balge and Mallam Fatori communities in Borno State.
Ibrahim in the statement also said: “The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi accompanied by Borno state deputy governor, Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha is in Mubi to bolster the operations on ground. The refugees are presently camped at the border of Nigeria and Cameroon.
Over 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been transported to safer locations in Mubi, while 600 of the refugees have been transported back to Borno state. 3, 000 refugees are still at the border undergoing registration formalities before being relocated to Mubi for onward transportation back to Borno State.”
Meanwhile, an amalgamation of civil society organisations under the auspices of Northeast Education and Social Accountability Cluster has urged the federal government to put in place mechanisms for the prudent and accountable use of the federal government’s support.
The call was made at a joint press conference by some civil society organisations during a workshop organised at Tahir Guest Palace Hotel, Kano.
It was observed at the workshop that, since the last five years, millions of Nigerians have come under different attacks from the activities of insurgents such as bombings, gun attacks and other similar acts of terror.
Speaking at the briefing, Kabiru Saidu Dakata of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) said, “on our part as civil society, we are committed to the tracking of the use of the Fund not only to ensure accountability but also to make sure that it gets to those it should reach as well as to produce the desired result and impact in the society. “
According to the group, assistance of N5b given by the federal government was a demonstration of “the commitment of this administration to not only defeat terrorism in the country, but also restore the meaningful life of the victims of the insurgency. “
They urged wealthy Nigerians, private and international organisations to support the cause of the Victims Support Fund committee as it became obvious that such victims were seriously in need of the humanitarian support.
Some of the associations that participated at the conference were Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress (BOCODEP), Centre for Environmental Education and Development (CEED), Women and Youth Empowerment for Advancement and Health Initiative (WYEAHI) and others.