Refugees! Zulum, Humanitarian officials in Cameroon for repatriation of 9,800 in first phase

During his trip to the camp in September 2019, Zulum promised citizens that he would work with stakeholders towards their effective reparation and dignified resettlement in response to their appeal.
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Zulum, Humanitarian officials in Cameroon for repatriation of 9,800 in first phase

Together with officials from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Marwa has arrived in the Republic of Cameroon to voluntarily repatriate 9,800 Nigerians of Borno origin, who are among 46,000 Nigerians taking refuge in Cameroon's Minawao camp.

The 9,800 Nigerians are the first batch of citizens who have shown willingness to be evacuated to resettlement homes built in Bama and Banki towns by the Borno government.

On Tuesday evening, Zulum arrived in Cameroon and today, Wednesday, the Nigerian delegation is leading a meeting on the Tripartite Agreement (repatriation) signed between Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to be held in Marwa, far north of Cameroon. The meeting will be hosted by Governor Mijinyawa Bakare of the far north of Cameroon.

Zulum, Humanitarian officials in Cameroon for repatriation of 9,800 in first phase

Before travelling to Cameroon, Zulum had a series of meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the Federal Commission, Senator Basheer, of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, and with the relevant ambassadors.

Zulum is in Cameroon alongside the Perm Sec Fed Min of Humanitarian Affairs, Malam Bashir Nura Alkali and the ministry’s humanitarian director, Ali Grema, some 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; a member of House of Representatives representing Bama, Ngala, Kala-Balge federal constituency of Borno State, Zainab Gimba, chairperson of Borno 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, Bar Mustapha Busuguma.

The meeting today is in line with the provisions of the Tripartite Agreement, which has outlined international best practices on humanitarian issues involving the movement of persons between two or more countries, the roles and constraints of all parties, and the protection of the rights of refugees who can only be repatriated at will.

Zulum, Humanitarian officials in Cameroon for repatriation of 9,800 in first phase

Our correspondent reports that most of the refugees in the Minawao refugee camp, mostly from the state of Borno, have regularly appealed to Governor Babagana Umaru Zulum to spearhead their repatriation to safe and rebuilt communities in Borno in order to return to a decent life.

During his trip to the camp in September 2019, Zulum promised citizens that he would work with stakeholders towards their effective reparation and dignified resettlement in response to their appeal.

Zulum, Humanitarian officials in Cameroon for repatriation of 9,800 in first phase