The liberation of most of the communities in the north-east from the grip of Boko Haram insurgents has changed the humanitarian outlook from emergency relief intervention to rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the affected persons and communities, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said.
It also said that the massive return of Nigerians from Cameroun and Niger Republic necessitated the move.
The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, disclosed this at the weekend in Abuja during the African Union (AU) Regional Consultative Meeting for West Africa on the Development of a Common African Position in the forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey.
Sani-Sidi said the agency, in collaboration with State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) with the support of the UN System, has undertaken damage and loss assessment of the affected communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States and made submission to the government for appropriate intervention by frontline ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
He noted that the humanitarian outcome of the insurgency has equally impacted on the contiguous states of Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba and the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroun.
The NEMA boss said presently there were about 57,743 Nigerian refugees in Cameroun, Chad and Niger.
According to him, no fewer than 40, 366 Nigerians are taking refuge in Minawayo, Mora, Fotocol, Limani, Amchide, Douala, Kentzou and Garoua Bouali refugee camps of Cameroun; 15,000 in Diffa, Bosso, Maine and Kablewa of the Republic of Niger and 2, 377 are taking refuge in Ngouboua, Lake Chadi region.
Responding to questions, Sani-Sidi decried the manner with which about 12,000 Nigerian refugees were expelled by the Camerounian authorities, dumped at the border and the UNHCR was speechless on the development.
“I expressed my concern to UNHCR when Nigerian delegation went to Chad, Niger and Cameroun for assessment of the condition of Nigerian refugees which was misconstrued as forceful evacuation by UNHCR,” he said.]]>