*Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State (right) with his Cross River State counterpart, Prof. Ben Ayade
To ameliorate the negative impact of the ravaging Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its attendant hardship on vulnerable people in Nigeria, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has donated food items to 2,280 displaced persons in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.
Basheer Mohammed, the body’s Federal Commissioner, who is also the co-chair of the Humanitarian Intervention working group under the PTF on Covid-19, disclosed that the items presented by the agency to persons of concern include 394 bags of beans and 340 bags of garri. Mohammed, in a statement at the weekend noted that the flag off took place at the Etun Local Government Area of Cross River State and Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State targeting 2,280 individuals in total.
He stressed that earlier in March, water sanitation and hygiene items and face masks were also distributed to IDPs and refugees in Calabar, Bakassi and Oban in Cross River State to strengthen their personal hygiene and mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. “In April food items, hand washing Soup, hand sanitizers and face masks where also distributed to 100 refugees and members of host commcunity in Esit Eket. Eket local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.” The Federal Commissioner was represented by the NCFRMI Zonal Coordinator South-South, Innocent Efoghe, the statement added.