The Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakary and the Nigerian Honourable Federal High Commissioner, Senator Sadiya Umar Farouq, have in Maroua. The two officials were taking part in the meeting of the Technical Working Group of the Tripartite Commission for the Repatriation of Nigerian Refugees Living in Cameroon.
During the session both the situation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon was reviewed. The officials from both countries underscored the commitment of their respective governments to ensure that Nigerian refugees living in the Far North region are voluntarily repatriated to their home land.
They insisted that the process of voluntary repatriation would be in strict respect of international principles of safety and dignity.
Statistics from the United Nations High Commission for refugees in Cameroon indicated that some 96,367 Nigerian refugees are currently in Cameroon. Of that number, 94,454 are in the Far North region. They were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria that spilled over to the Lake Chad Basin region.
The prolonged and violent conflict resulted large scale displacement of Nigerians fleeing from the conflict and an unprecedented humanitarian emergency in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the Nigerian and Cameroonian delegations accompanied by UNHCR officials visited the refugee camps to inform the refugees of the situation back at home.
They also assured the refugees of safety and dignity for the voluntary repatriation as provided for by the Tripartite Agreement.