Adamawa receives first batch of refugees from Cameroon

The first batch of 133 Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon, who have agreed to return home, have landed at the Yola International Airport in Adamawa State.

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Faruk, said the first batch of the returnees from Cameroon were part of the 8, 000 Adamawa State indigenes taking refuge in Cameroon, who had also voluntarily agreed to return home to Nigeria.

She said it was not repatriation or deportation, because they were not forced to return, but willingly agreed to do so.

Hajiya Sadiya said there were presently about 97, 000 Nigerians, mostly Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States indigenes taking refuge in Cameroon.

She said they had decided to start with Adamawa indigenes, because the state government was ready and prepared to welcome them back.

The Minister said the 133 refugees that returned would first spend between three to six days in a prepared camp in the state capital, so that would be screened and identified by their local government areas.

She said a committee was already in place to train them in any kind of skills acquisition of their choice and entrepreneurship before they would be empowered financially to be useful to the society.

In the meantime, the representative of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bashir Ahmed, who received the returnees on behalf of the state government, said the state government was ready and prepared to receive them and return them back to their communities after the assessment.

Mr. Bashir He also said some financial assistance had been prepared for the returnees.

Source: Voice of Nigeria