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Bakassi people decry neglect by Nigeria, international community

By Anietie Akpan, South-South Deputy Bureau Chief, Calabar
04 August 2022   |   4:00 am
The people of Bakassi in Cross River State have raised the alarm over their continuous neglect by the Nigerian government and the international community.

The people of Bakassi in Cross River State have raised the alarm over their continuous neglect by the Nigerian government and the international community.

Chairman of Bakassi Local Council, Chief Iyadim Amboni Iyadim, who raised the alarm, while inaugurating the Bakassi Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs)/Returnees Management Committee, urged members of the committee to address problems of the area, following the ceding of part of the territories in 2002 to Cameroun.

He said: “The displaced people of Bakassi Local Council are not well captured as with their kins in Ogoja, Ikom and Boki, stressing that all the international observers and signatories to the ceding of portion of Bakassi to Cameroun have not lived up to their promise of a model city.”

Chairman of the committee said that though the state might lack the capacity to handle the Bakassi IDPs/returnees problems, the management committee would stretch its hands to international donor agencies to attract attention to Bakassi.

He also said that they would work hard to actualise the dreams of the council chairman.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to the Governor on IDPs Matters, Patrick Asikpo Okon, urged the committee members to work in synergy to record success.

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