About 56,000 Nigerians currently taking refuge in Cameroun will soon be repatriated to Nigeria through Adamawa State, Governor Muhammadu Ummaru Jibrilla disclosed yesterday.
The Governor, who dropped the hint while hosting the Country Director of International Rescue Committee, IRC, Ms Sarah Ndikumana in his office, urged the organisation as well as other humanitarian agencies to readily come to the aid of the state in view of the mass scale deportation.
He noted that, in view of the unprecedented mass deportation soon to be effected, his government has started forming synergy with humanitarian and security agencies to ensure that security as well as welfare of the deportees are taken care of across the various locations where they would be settled.
The governor noted that, in anticipation of the arrival of the deportees, his administration has procured large consignment of foodstuff and other essentials but noted that the effort of the state government needs to be complimented in view of the unprecedented number.
“We are used to handling around 10,000 IDPs at the peak of the insurgency but when you are talking of 56,000 people you are talking of people about the size of big towns and cities.
“Taking charge of such people is equally a big task but we are grateful to President Buhari for the assistance he has been according us on the issue of IDPs,” Jibrilla noted.
In her response, the Country Director of International Rescue Committee, Sarah Ndikumana noted that with the success recorded in the war against insurgency, their focus is shifting from providing nutrition to the provision of water, sanitation and shelter in the recaptured areas.
She said that they are extending their frontiers to 11 local governments in Borno state in their quest to maintain partnership with other states afflicted by insurgency in Nigeria.

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