By Joseph Erunke, Abuja
Nigeria has assured its citizens living as refugees in Diffa, Republic of Niger, of its ongoing arrangements to return them to the country.
A federal government delegation to the country, led by Borno State Governor Babagana Zullum, made the comment when the delegation visited Nigerian refugees in Diffa for an on-the-spot assessment to assure them of efforts being made to repatriate them.
Governor Zulum, according to a statement from Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Special Assistant to the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, was accompanied by the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons ( NCFRMI) Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, according to the statement, was represented on the trip by the Oversight Director of the Office of the Permanent Secretary Alhaji Ali Grema.
“During the visit, Governor Zulum assured internally displaced persons in the Republic of Niger of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to ensure their safe return to Nigeria and their reintegration into society.
“The team also met with officials from the Nigerian government led by Governor Isa Lameen from the Diffa region and toured the ongoing construction of 1,000 temporary shelter units and 280 refugee housing units in the city of Damasak, located in the periphery of the border with Niger, “the statement said. .
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