by crossriverwatch admin
Materials worth millions of Naira have been distributed to the displaced people of Bakassi at the refugees camp in Akpabuyo to support their living.
The materials which were provided by the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons include beddings, foodstuff, medicine, toiletries, mosquito nets and other household items and were distributed to the 914 households under conditional cash transfer.
Speaking during the presentation of the items, Cross River State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Community Development, Patricia Endeley lauded the Federal Government for the gesture pointing out that the refugees comprise indigenes of Cross River, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Edo and Akwa Ibom States.
She informed the Federal Government delegation, that in spite of the cultural diversity of the refugees, Cross River State Government has been carrying out an all inclusive policy to give the refugees succor and sense of belonging, stressing that the beneficiaries will continue to enjoy the hospitality of government.
Endeley admonished the refugees to eschew violence and live peacefully amongst themselves to continue to benefit from the programs of government.
She said the conditional cash transferred (CCT) program, is a meaningful venture targeted at strengthen their income base and raise their standard of living.
On his part, the Director, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, represented by the State Director, Concerned Universal Nigeria, Mr. Ousman Touray, commended the State Government for its untiring efforts in the care for the refugees and also for partnering with the Federal Government to ensure that the plight of the refugees would be ameliorated.
In his response, the Chairman, Bakassi Local Government Area, Hon Ekpo Bassey, thanked the State and Federal Governments for their concern for the refugees and advised the refugees to make good use of the items, just as the camp leaders, Innocent Bassey and Etim Ene, commended government for their concern towards them promising to make good use of the items as well as integrate with their host community so as to benefit from other government programs.
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