Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, Honourable Ahmad Aliyu while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.
By Dauda Iliya
The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Honourable Ahmad Aliyu has assured that Nigerian refugees in Cameroon and Chad would be repatriated in the first quarter of 2024.
The Federal Commissioner gave the assurance in an interview with newsmen shortly after an audience with Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri.
Mr. Aliyu said all necessary modalities have been put in place to commence the evacuation process based on the principle of voluntary return and in a dignified manner.
He however said there would be delay in repatriation of Nigerian refugees in Niger republic due to sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS.
According to the Federal Commissioner, registration of the refugees is ongoing in Cameroon and will be completed in the next two months.
“We have discussed extensively with Governor Zulum of modalities of evacuation of Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries, in the next two months both the evacuation and resettlement of IDPs in the satellite cities would be done” Aliyu remarked.
Honourable Ahmad Aliyu also assured that all the resettlement cities spread across the six geopolitical zones would be completed and allocated to IDPs.
He explained that the satellite cities are constructed to ensure displaced persons in camps are properly resettled in a dignified way.
“the major issue is for IDPs to exit the camps, we cannot continue in this manner, we have find a durable solution to People of Concern and that is why the Resettlement Cities come about ” Federal Commissioner said.
The Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees commended Governor Babagana Zulum for his concern to plight of IDPs, assuring to partner with Borno state government to improve their well-being.