By Aya Ndep Arrey
The Governor of Nigeria’s Taraba State, Darius Dickson Ishaku, on behalf of the Cameroon Anglophone refugees has pleaded with the United Nations for assistance.
He was speaking recently during a session with UN representatives and other international agencies.
The governor requested housing and other services that have been lacking owing to an increasing number of refugees in his state.
He noted that the situation is so challenging to them because Cameroonian refugees are a fraction of other from the Southern part of Taraba still to be settled and rehabilitated.
Mr Ishaku equally highlighted that the agricultural, touristic and security sectors are major areas the state is in need of to be able to handle the problem of refugees.
According to him, about 15,000 refugees are being haboured in five out of the sixteen local government councils of the state.
Speaking during the session, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon said an inter-agency programme of UNDP-UNWOMEN-FAO, with the aid of UN Peace Building Fund is already on going in Taraba and other states.
He added that the UN will see to it that post-harvest loses are minimized in the state to increase agricultural products sustainability for the host state and those it shelters, through public-private partnership and investments.
Taraba state shares border with Cameroon’s Northwest region. The area has witnessed an influx of Cameroonian refugees fleeing for the lives due to the war of independence that started in Anglophone Cameroon in 2016.