Bakassi returnees seek stipends, amenities

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Ben-Ayade-BAKASSI returnees, currently camped at St. Mark’s Primary/Secondary School, Akwa Ikot Eyo Edem in Bakassi Local Council of Cross River State, have called on the federal and state governments to provide them with quality medical care, affordable primary and secondary school education, employment and regular electricity.

They are also pleading for the payment of N5,000 state conditional cash transfer to each of them, especially the aged.
The camp leader, Etim Okon-Ene who made the appeal yesterday in Calabar, said the facility which has no fewer than 3,720 internally displaced persons (IDPs) lacked the basic amenities to make life worth living.

He recalled that the returnees were relocated to the camp in 2013 after the ceding of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun on August 4, 2008.
“We are requesting for medicare and education for our wives and children, continuous feeding and adequate power supply. We are exposed to all sorts of diseases because we have no functional medical service in the camp.
“We also plead for the payment of N5,000 state conditional cash transfer to each of the displaced persons especially the aged,” he stated.

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