By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Nigerian authorities are building a third refugees camp in Cross River State for Cameroonian refugees due to the increasing number of those fleeing hostilities in their home country into parts of Nigeria.
The Nigeria Immigration Service, Cross River State Command Comptroller, Okey Ezugwu disclosed this over the weekend when he hosted a four-man delegation from the Switzerland Government.
The delegation came to inspect projects such as the Immigration Personnel Training Resource Centre (PTRC) funded by their Government.
Prior to this which is to be cited in the Central senatorial district of the State, there were two refugees camps in the State – Ogoja and Akamkpa Local Government Areas.
Speaking last week on the occasion of the Humanitarian Development Nexus meeting between the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), State ministries and international agencies, head of the UNHCR sub-office in the State, Mr. Mulugeta Zewdie, confirmed that there were 51, 723 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria, 65% of them in Cross River State.
He said the Ogoja camp is the largest refugees settlement in West Africa. Speaker of the Cross RIver State House of Assembly, Hon. Eteng Williams, disclosed that the State had donated 100 hectares of land to enable Cameroonian refugees farm with a support of N800 million to ease their burden.
Culled from Daily Trust Newspaper.
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