Nigeria: Nigeria sends food to its nationals living as refugees in Cameroon

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the weekend delivered food items to about 80,700 Nigerian refugees, mostly from Borno State, living in the Republic of Cameroon.

They included rice, guinea corn, millet, beans, groundnut, flour, sugar and salt.

The Nigerians, who were displaced by Boko Haram insurgents, are taking shelter in Minawao and other locations in the Far North region of Cameroon.

Director General of NEMA, Mr Muhammad Sani Sidi, handed over the items to officials of Cameroon for onward presentation to the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) which has been managing the camp.

He said NEMA would continue to liaise with the Government of Cameroon to ensure that all Nigerian refugees in that country were in good condition.

He appealed to youths in the camps to desist from using drugs and urged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria. Some youths in the camp were recently arrested for drug use.

He assured the refugees that the Nigerian Government had not forgotten them and was doing everything possible to evacuate them back to their respective states.

An official of the Government of Cameroon, Mrs Marie Menguene, thanked the Nigerian government for the items.

The Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Refugees, Mr. Asshigar Mohd, from Bama Local Government, said: “We have been in Minawao camp for three years, we do have regular feeding, have school and hospital, but we want leaders of our communities back home to visit us.”

He appealed to the Nigerian Government to repatriate them to their places in Borno State since peace has returned to most of the communities.
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05 december 2016 07:48:27

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