Cross River State Government has assured refugees, United Nations and other partners of her continuous support to the plight of Cameronian Refugees in Adagom, Ogoja and other camps across the State.
This was made known by the Director General of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Cross River State, Mr Princewill Ayim in a press conference coordinated by United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in their Calabar Field Office to mark the 2020 World Refugees Day “Theme: Everyone can make a Difference, Every Actions Counts.
He disclosed that the state government through the leadership of Prof. Ben Ayade is committed in providing basic support and emergency response to refugees in the state ranging from water supply, rehabilitations of public schools, electricity and basic healthcare.
Ayim said several healthcare interventions has been carried out in Adogom by Cross River State Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Agency and Mediatrix Development Foundation amongst others.
“As the world celebrates refugees today, this is to remind all that for every minutes across the world people are displaced either internally or externally.
He noted that the State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade was doing everything possible to ensure that the refugees are safe, live healthy and drink good water.
The Head of Office United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cross River State, Mr Christopher Mubanga stated that the Commission is marking the 2020 world refugee day against a backdrop of dramatic social change.
According to him, not only have a record numbers of people fled their countries to find safety, the entire world is battling the devastation of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Mubanga noted that the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests across the world have shown how desperately we need to fight for more inclusive and equal world and a world where no one is left behind, including those forced to flee by war and persecution.
According to him everyone, including refugees can contribute to society and every action counts in effort to create a just, inclusive, and equal world”.
“UNHCR estimates that 70.8 million people are refugees or have been displaced by violence in their own countries and 1 of every 100 people in the world have fled their homes as a result”
“Nigeria is presently hosting 57,000 Cameroonian refugees in Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, and Taraba States. Meanwhile, Cross River State alone is hosting 36,000 Cameroonian refugees meaning Cross River alone has more than 63.6 percent of refugees in Nigeria”.
Mr Mubanga commended the host communities for their exemplary support to refugees while assuring them of UN support continuous support to the host communities.