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Following the presidential directive that all refugees be returned to Nigeria, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), has said it will start bringing back refugees into the country from February 27, 2021.
The commission also disclosed it has distributed relief materials to displaced person in 15 States in the last three month.
The commission said this while distributing food and non-food items to 1,500 households of Bakassi returnees in Cross River State.
According to a statement by the commission, NCFRMI boss, Basheer Mohammed, also said plans are ongoing to accommodate the refugees in a well- furnished shelter.
Mohammed, who was represented by Director of Human Resources of the Commission, AbdurRahman Wachiko, said: “It may interest you to know that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the gradual return of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, Niger and Chad beginning from February 27, 2021.”
On relief materials distributed to the displaced, he said: “The Federal Government empowered our Commission and we have been carrying out distribution of items to displaced persons in many States of the federation consistently.
“As a matter of fact, we have visited a total of 15 States in the last three months alone and the exercise continues. The Commission is committed to providing care and support for our displaced persons while also pursuing durable solutions for them.”
On the shelter, Mohammed said: “You may also be aware that the Commission has commenced work on construction of massive housing units to resettle displaced persons under a project tagged ‘IDPs Resettlement Cities’c consisting of 600 units of two-bedroom bungalows each in the selected states.
“The houses will be well furnished and equipped with facilities for education, worship, skills acquisition and farmlands among others”.
He also said the commission was working with CBN for the displaced to have a sustainable livelihood.