By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Christiana Ekpa
The Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) has said that it is working hard to ensure the successful repatriation of over 60,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.
Vice Chairman of PCNI, Tijjani Musa Tumsah, made the disclosure yesterday while defending the budget 2018 of the agency.
The PCNI boss told the committee that they are working following the tripartite agreement signed by the United Nations, Nigeria and Cameroon to engender a seamless repatriation of the refugees.
Apart from paucity of fund, he said that other challenges in the repatriation of the refugees are the processes involved in receiving them.
Tumsah noted that there were over 60,000 Nigerian refugees PCNI has to deal with in Cameroon alone.
He added that apart from those in Cameroon there are others in Niger Republic who also needed to be returned to the country.
Most of the refugees, he said, are willing to return home “but on our own, we are working to ensure that they are comfortable when they are repatriated back to our country; the repatriation is on-going.”
The programme of repatriation, he said, come under “Mobilisation and support for returning North-East refugees in six North East States.”