- The Minister of Communication, Government’s spokesperson, Issa Tchiroma Bakary says government will implement a national solidarity plan to assist victims displaced by the crisis in the two english speaking regions.
He made the announcement on Thursday 14th June 2018 during a press conference in reaction to Amnesty international’s 2017/2018 report.
Describing the report as “false and unfounded”, the Communication Minister however announced that the President of the Republic, has instructed competent authorities to put in place a national solidarity plan to assist victims of the crisis in the North West and South West regions.
The plan includes rescue and assistance of Cameroonians refugees in Nigeria affected by the sociopolitical crisis in the two regions.
The Refugee situation
According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 21.000 Cameroonians are registered in Nigeria as refugees as of 31st May 2018.
They are distributed as follows;
#Cross River State, 17.0003.
#Benue state 525
#Taraba in the East 584
#Akwa Ibom 179
Details of the National Solidarity Plan:
The plan, first and foremost, seeks to facilitate the save return of the displaced population to the North West and South West regions .
The Minister of Communication noted that the measure is in line with government”s effort at consolidating peace.
He says in the days ahead, a government delegation will meet the affected persons in neighbouring Nigeria.
The refugees will be encouraged to return in very favourable conditions
The national solidarity plan put in place at the behest of the President is applicable only during the present period of crisis , the Minister noted.