Borno To Establish Camp For 2, 400 Repatriated Refugees
The camp, which will serve as their temporary home, would help them to integrate and get used to the environment before their return to their respective Local Government Area
Executive Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Grema Terab , gave the hint on the proposed camp while receiving the first batch of 1,200 deportees at the Njimtilo entry post to Maiduguri, the state capital.
“The establishment of this special camp for the repatriated indigenes of Borno, who are among the over 6,000 sent parking from Niger after the attack of two of the country’s island by Boko Haram insurgents, brings the total number of established camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to 21.”
Grema said the state government decided to establish a new camp for them because of their special case, compared with IDPs in various camps in the Maiduguri metropolis and Biu.
On the transportation of remaining refugees in Geidam, Yobe state, he said: “There would be another set of 17 mass transit buses to be dispatched to Geidam in the effort to bring in the second batch of 1,200 people. SEMA is expecting more people and are still expected as the Nigerien government continues to repatriate more people to Borno state and other six or eight states in the country.”
The camp, according to him, was specially established for the returning 2, 400 Nigerien refugees’ because of their peculiar situation in Niger and Borno state.
“Some of them ,though Nigerians, were born in Niger and have never been to Nigeria. We have to keep them in a camp for now, console them and treat those that are traumatized with the intention of allowing them to integrate with other Nigerians before the end of this year.
“We are equally looking at the possibility of assisting them to start a new life in the country, by given them economic assistance in their respective communities across the 27 Local Government Areas of Borno.”