The Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has expressed his administration’s readiness to receive all 4,000 Nigerian victims of Boko Haram attacks currently taking refuge in neighbouring Cameroon.
Fintiri gave this assurance at a meeting with members of a technical working group comprising agencies of government and the United Nations with a view to resettling the refugees back home.
Most of the refugees are women and children, who fled from Boko Haram attacks, which began in 2014.
Fintiri informed the delegation of the technical working group at the Government House, Yola, on Monday, that his administration was willing and ready to facilitate the repatriation and reintegration of the refugees back home.
Checks by our correspondent in Yola, on Tuesday, indicated that a tripartite agreement involving the Nigerian government, its Cameroonian counterpart and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees had been bogged down by financial constraints and bureaucratic bottlenecks since 2016.
Fintiri commended members of the group as well as the Cameroonian authorities for their hospitality and support for the refugees in their custody.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, who is the Federal Commissioner in charge of the National Refugees Commission, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, said the visit was to intimate the governor with the plan to start repatriating Nigerian refugees displaced by the insurgency back home.
Farouq said the technical working group would soon start the exercise and appealed to the state government to provide the necessary support to ensure it success.
She also expressed gratitude to the governor for granting the group audience and for the promise of assistance.