By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Governor Samuel Ortom has called on the United Nations (UN) to bring a permanent solution to the crisis in Cameroun which has led to the influx of citizens of the country as refugees into Nigeria. Cameroonians are now taking refuge in Calabar, Cross River State as well as in Taraba and Benue States.
Governor Ortom who spoke recently when the Country Representative of United Nations Humanitarian Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) paid him a courtesy call on him at the Governor’s Lodge, Benue People’s House, Makurdi, said the state is hosting up to 16,000 refugees from Cameroon and called on the agency to do something appropriate to address the conflict.
Governor Ortom commended UNHCR for its assistance to the IDPs in the state, through the provision of shelter, boreholes and several other humanitarian assistance, solicited the assistance of the UN to also help the over hundred of thousands Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in eight camps in the state who were displaced by armed Fulani herdsmen, to go back to their ancestral homes.
Earlier in her address, the Country Representative, UNHCR, Chunsa Kupaya explained that her main purpose for the meeting is to familiarise with the governor as well as commend his ability to provide a place for the Cameroonian refugees in the state.
Kupaya assured Governor Ortom of cordial partnership with the UNHCR and thanked him for providing security to the refugees.