By Ikenna Uwadileke
Rep. Sani Zoro, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and Refugees, on Friday in Abuja, stated there have been no fewer than 36,000 Cameroonian refugees in Cross River.
Zoro disclosed this throughout an interactive session with officers of the Civil Societies Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) on the National Assembly Complex.
According to him, about seven councils within the state together with Boki, Obudu and Itu have been flooded by the Cameroonian refugees.
Zoro whose movement on the necessity to shield the Camerronian refugees was defeated on the ground of the House in Jan. 16 claimed that the refugees additionally flooded adjoining villages in Taraba and Benue.
He described the areas harbouring the refugees as “epicenter of suffering”.
“Over 70 per cent of the refugees are girls and youngsters who needed to search refuge on the Nigerian facet of the border as a result of actions of Cameroonian gendarmes,’’ Zoro stated.
The lawmaker urged the Federal Government to wade in by offering humanitarian companies to the refugees according to part 36 of the Geneva Convention that prohibits the deportation of asylum seekers.
He, nonetheless, expressed concern that services like faculties and hospitals could possibly be over stretched within the affected areas.
“The scenario has a dire safety and financial penalties on the nation,’’ Zoro added.
The lawmaker promised Bill which goals at establishing a refugee fee would quickly be handed into regulation to handle the problem.
“The Federal Ministry of Justice is placing ending touches to make sure the domestication of the Kampala conference on refugees.
Representative of CISLAC, Mr Austin Erameh, whereas expressing concern over the plight of the Cameroonian refugees and IDPs within the nation elicited the help of the Zoro led committee to redress the issue.