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UN  Chief Meets Cross River Governor Elect,  Pledges Support 


Andy Esiet, Calabar 

The United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Matthias Schmalz has congratulated the Cross River State governor elect, Senator Bassey Otu expressing readiness to work with the state. 

According to latest United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report as at December last year,  86,000 Cameroonian refugee men, women, and children are registered in Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Benue,Cross River, Enugu, and Taraba States and the former Director-General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency,  Dr. Janet Ekpenyong had last year said more than 50 percent of the refugees in Nigeria are in the state. 

However the UN chief who was specifically in the state to access the refugees situation orchestrated by the crisis in Cameroon had to do a brief stop over and paid a courtesy visit on the governor elect late on Tuesday night to congratulate him his readiness to work with the incoming administration to address issues that will enhance speedy economic growth and the development of the State.

The Otu who was returned governor elect in the state on March 21,

 promised to partner with the international community to open up opportunities and better the lives of Cross Riverians.

He expressed delight over the visit, describing the discussion as very fruitful. He highlighted some of his blue print for the state to the visitor to include, agriculture, rural development among others as key areas of interest. 

Recall that last year year, the state government through Dr Ekpenyong had called on the federal government and the international community to come to the aid of the state as host communities of refugees can hardly handle the influx and the huge burden associated with it.


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