Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has assured the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) of his administration’s resolve to support refugees in Taraba State.
The governor gave the assurance when the Country Director of the UNHCR paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Jalingo.
He said his administration has provided schools, food, shelter, and health care services for the refugees to be comfortable wherever they seek refuge.
Governor Ishaku attributed the influx of refugees to the state mostly from Cameroon to the peaceful nature of the state in the northeast.
He thanked the UNHCR for their various contributions to refugees in the state, pledging to always support their activities.
He urged internally displaced persons (IDPs) that are resident in the state to quickly settle down and engage in meaningful ventures that will better their lot.
The Governor also thanked the United Nations for their various support to the people of the Mambilla Plateau during the crises of 2017.
Commenting, the Country Director of the UNHCR, Kapaya Chansa, disclosed that Taraba state is housing over 17,000 refugees mostly from Cameroon, and appreciated the effort of Governor Ishaku on the resettlement of refugees over the years.
Chansa pledged UNHCR’s commitment to ameliorating the sufferings of refugees in Cross River, Benue and Taraba state.