By JAMES EZEMA
The Federal government of Nigeria has assured refugees in Diffa, the Niger Republic, of ongoing arrangements to return them to the country.
Governor Babagana Zullum of Borno State made this known in his remark when a federal government delegation visited Nigerian refugees in Diffa for an on the spot assessment and to assure them of efforts being made to repatriate them.
Gov Zullum was accompanied by the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs (NCFRMI) Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq who was represented by the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary Alhaji Ali Grema.
During the visit, Gov Zullum assured the Internally Displaced Persons in the Republic of Niger of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment in ensuring their safe return to Nigeria and their reintegration into the society.
The team also met with officials from the Nigerien government led by Governor Isa Lameen of Diffa region and toured an ongoing construction of 1000 temporary Shelter units and 280 Refugee Housing Units in Damasak town located on the fringes of the Nigerien border.