The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has on Monday revealed that, no fewer than 230,000 Nigerians, who fled their communities in the North-eastern part of the country (Yobe, Maiduguri, and Adamawa), as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency are still refugees in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
NEMA’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti, in a statement noted that, some of the Nigerians that fled to neighbouring countries (Niger, Chad and Cameroun) were provided with humanitarian relief support by the Federal Government of Nigeria through NEMA, to alleviate their suffering.
According to the statement, “There are presently 20,804 displaced Nigerians living in the Republic of Chad, 80,709 in the Republic of Cameroun and 138,321 in the Niger Republic.
“The displaced Nigerians have also received humanitarian support from the host governments, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and Nigerian citizens living in the three host countries.
The statement also pointed out that, 13,046 Nigerian returnees from Niger Republic in May, 2015, were received in Geidam, Yobe State, while between April and December, 2015, NEMA received about 16,595 Nigerians that had voluntarily returned from Cameroon through the Sahuda border crossing area near Mubi in Adamawa State.
“The agency adopted a monthly Humanitarian Coordination Meeting – a forum, which consists of relevant Federal Government Agencies, UN System and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) – undertaking analysis of causes of humanitarian situations, conducting of need assessments, and identification of priorities and provision of humanitarian interventions based on their respective mandates. The system operates through different sectors led by national MDAs and co-led by UN Agencies.
The report added that, “due to the successes recorded by the Nigerian military with the support of Multi-National Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, the humanitarian dashboard is fast changing. The focus is gradually shifting towards Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Recovery and dignified return of IDPs back home, while a process for the return of Nigerian refugees from neighboring countries is equally on-going.
“NEMA will continue to support and work towards bridging the identified gaps in humanitarian response through enhanced coordination, capacity building and strengthening of collaboration with the affected States and relevant stakeholders, including line MDAs, local and international response organizations and the UN System,” the statement added.