Gov Emmanuel Solicits Assistance For Rehabilitation Of Bakassi Returnees
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has called on International Organisations, Non – Governmental Agencies and the Federal Government to assist in the rehabilitation of persons displaced in the state following the International Court of Justice ruling which ceded Bakassi Peninsula to the Republic of Cameroon.
Governor Emmanuel made the call when the United Nations NEED Assessment Team, currently in the state to identify problems encountered by Bakassi Returnees, called on him at Government House, Uyo.
The Governor who faulted the estimated population of the Bakassi Returnees in Akwa Ibom State, explained that the population growth from the time of displacement of the citizens has progressed geometrically.
He called on the United Nations consultants to provide accurate information and data that would assist in the rehabilitation of the displaced persons pointing out that the life of every citizen count and that the burden of catering for Internally Displaced Persons in the state has become unbearable for the Local and State government given the low revenue profile of these tier of government.
He expressed optimism that with adequate Information, funding, and proposed programmes of the United Nations, the returnees would be adequately reintegrated in the society.
Earlier, the Team Leader and South South Zonal Cordinator of National Boundary Commission Mr Micheal Okweni, said their visit to the State has afforded them opportunity to have a first hand assesment of the resettlement centres at Mbo, Itu and Eket Local Government Areas.
He congratulated the Governor on his election and assured that their findings at the resettlement centres particularly in the area of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, Skill Aquisition as well as Energy Supply, would be included in the working doucument for implementation in 2017.
The United Nations team comprising Head of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Mr Joseph ILozulu, Head of Capacity Building Dr Paul Anigbogu, Head of Small And Medium Scale Enterprises And Livelihood Mr Ayo Wrigh and Energy Consultant Mr. Adetole Oluyemi were received by Deputy Governor Mr Mosses Ekpo represented by the Attorney General of the State, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko, Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare Dr Glory Edet, Permanent Secretary Deputy Governor’s Office Mr Nkopuruk Ekaiko and Director of Administration, Mrs Ekaette Ekanem.