Refugees gather to see U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power as she visits Minawao Refugee Camp in northern Cameroon, Monday, April 18, 2016. Power is visiting Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to highlight the growing threat Boko Haram poses to the Lake Chad Basin region. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Sadiya Farouq said on Thursday in Abuja at the Nigeria stakeholders’ implementation meeting on the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) that the government had returned over 130 refugees to their communities in Adamawa State.

She said: “Very soon we will begin the voluntary repatriation of our Borno State indigenes living at Minawo camp in Cameroon as refugees in safety and indignity.

“We sign a Tripartite Agreement with the UNHCR and government of Cameroon on the repatriation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon and start its implementation with the return of over 130 refugees to their communities in Adamawa State.”

The minister noted that the adoption of GCR is a good omen for Nigeria, as it has opened a new vista of opportunities for stakeholders to access support in a timely, predictable, and sustainable manner.

According to her, the pact has created an incentive for stakeholders to join forces and pool resources to address the humanitarian challenge and to do it with the intention of addressing underlying causes in a sustainable and humane manner.

Farouq said Nigeria has the highest number of refugees in the Lake Chad Basin and carries the heaviest burden of the humanitarian challenge among Cameroon, Chad, and the Niger Republic.

“In the Lake Chad Basin region, there were over 3.3 million Forcedly Displaced Persons (FDPs), comprising over 2.7 million IDPs in North-East Nigeria, 513,000 IDPs in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger and 244,000 refugees in the four countries. Nigeria has the highest number and carries the heaviest burden of the humanitarian challenge.

“The adoption of GCR is a good omen for Nigeria. It has opened a new vista of opportunities for stakeholders to access support in a timely, predictable, and sustainable manner.