The Governor of Cross River State, Senator Prof Benedict Ayade has assured Refugees in the Ogoja settlement camp of his administration commitment to always provide succour to ameliorate their conditions.
Sen Professor Ayade who disclosed this on Sunday at Ogoja while delivering over 5000 pieces of chickens and Noodles at the Refugees settlement camp said that the purpose of the exercise is to make those in the camp set to know that Cross River state Government loves them and will always be open to provide shelter for as many as possible in this trying times for them.
Governor Ayade who was represented by the Commissioner for Humanity and Social Welfare services, Mrs Blessing Egbara noted that the exercise was equally to reassure those living in the settlements that all hope is not lost, while expressing satisfaction with the attitude amongst the people, commending them for their peaceful coexistence with their Host Community.
“it’s no one’s wish to be in a situation like this, honestly these ones left their homes, business, properties and all, to come down here, we are hoping that the situation in Cameron will get better so that they can return back to their home.
I’m really pleased with everything I have seen so far, the Coordination among yourselves is just wonderful to watch, and I must strongly thank the Host Community for welcoming all of you with open arms,” Ayade maintained.
Reacting to the Governor’s gesture the Chairman of Ogoja LGA Hon. Emmanuel Ishabor, lamented that as the result of the civil war in Cameroon, men and women. Children and families have to abandoned their homes, businesses and other means of livelihood to seek refuge in Nigeria.
“Indeed it is not easy when you have to forsake your home and flee to another man’s land for safety,” adding that the Humanitarian gesture of Governor Ayade is highly commendable, stressing that the very act of humanitarian service rendered by the governor through his able Commissioner for Humanity and Social Welfare SERVICES, Hon. Blessing Egbara gives a sense of belonging to the refugees.
Hon. Ishabor further added that over 27,000 Refugees reside in Ogoja, and are spread across 3 active settlements namely Adagom 1, 3 and Okenge settlements, while calling on all the settlers to continue to remain peaceful and hopeful of better days ahead when they shall go back to their homes.