By Margaret John
2019 presidential aspirant, Mr. Omoleye Sowore on Thursday pledged to relocate the displaced people of Bakassi to better temporary homes during his first three months in office as the President of Nigeria.
Sowore stated this during his visit to the internally displaced person’s (IDPs) camp in Ikot Eyo, Akpabuyo where he expressed his utmost displeasure with the condition of the people, adding that he was never in support of the ceding of bakassi to Cameroon.
There are over 3000 IDPs in the camp and they are housed in open classroom blocks without electricity, water, medicare, toilets and school among others.
And, Sowore told them that: “If I ever had any doubt that we need to chase our current leaders out, what I have seen here today is a further confirmation of that my conviction.
“By next year when we win, we will immediately do something about this terrible situation I am seeing here within our first three months in office. We will provide a permanent solution to this inhumanity that these Nigerians are being subjected to here by our leaders.”
He was given a tour of the camp which consisted classroom blocks used as sleeping quarters, a storage room which held a limited amount of food supplies, a piece of farmland as well as a pig sty lamented that Nigerians are faced with a very cold socioeconomic punishment and when elected into office, he will ensure that he takes Nigeria back from the people who have been using it as an ATM.
He encouraged the residents of the camp to remain strong and that he would not allow their dignity to be thrown to the sea.
The leader of the IDPs, Mr. Ene while conducting Mr. Sowore had disclosed that a woman had died less than two months ago while trying to deliver a baby and the corpse is still being embalmed because the husband can’t afford NGN200,000 to buy a casket and a piece of land to bury her.
However, the baby was successful delivered and he is being taken care of by another lady while generous journalists have aided the child’s case.
“If not for Channels TV that has been buying milk to feed this boy, he would have died by now. It is only Channels TV that has helped with the milk he drinks everyday. They have been buying for him since he was born about two months ago. God will bless Channels TV,” Mr. Ene said.
Mr. Sowore immediately provided the NGN200,000 to bury the late woman as well as another NGN50,000 for the upkeep of the baby for the next one week.
He pledged to personally continue and ensure the boy’s fortune changes for good.
Also, he said he arrangements to begin drilling a borehole in the camp to ease the plight of the IDPs who still get their water from a nearby stream.
The IDPs who had hope visibly written all over their faces, said he is the first presidential aspirant who has thought about them and visited to see their plight first hand and assured him of their readiness to join his #TakeItBack platform.