The government of Cameroon in partnership with Nigerian and the United Nation High Commission for Refugees have strengthen their resolve towards ensuring the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.
The commitment was made at the end of an inauguration meeting of the tripartite commission held on Thursday August 10, in Abuja with a view to ensuring international best practices in the repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.
During the meeting. Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau said the agreement will bring hope to refugees. “I am very delighted and honoured to be here today to inaugurate the meeting of Tripartite Commission for the implementation of the Tripartite Agreement for the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees living in Cameroon.
“It could be recalled that it was in June 2016 at this venue the agreement was drafted by Nigeria, Cameroon and the UNHCR along with other stakeholders.
”However, we have not been able to implement the agreement, more than 12 months after it was drafted and over four months after it was signed on March 2, 2017 in Yaounde,” he said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria the three parties had signed the Tripartite Agreement for the repatriation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon on March 2 in Yaounde, Cameroon. The Tripartite Commission is to oversee measures to ensure that any repatriation takes place in safety and dignity and done in conditions that ensure durability of returns and reintegration.
Yesterday’s inaugural agreement was signed by Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, while Abdulrahman Dambazau,and Antonio Canhandula represented Nigeria and UNHCR respectively.