In Cross River UN establishes N7m farm for Bakassi returnees

The farm, which is reportedly worth about N7 million is located at Ikpa Nkanya, Eyo Edem in the Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state.

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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has established a farm for Bakassi returnees now resident in Cross River State.

The farm, which is reportedly worth about N7 million is located at Ikpa Nkanya, Eyo Edem in the Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state.

The disclosure was made by UNHCR’s Programme Officer in Nigeria, Julius Mensah, during a monitoring tour of the farm.

“We are here to see some of the activities funded. This mission is very enlightening. It exposes to us some of the things we did not know before we came here. The reports we have been getting had been validated because we are now on the ground to see what the returnees have done with the minimum resources we have provided so far,” Mensah said.

“We have also seen their challenges, their intentions and their needs for greater help to alleviate the situation. We have provided them with $42,000(N7m) for this particular project since January,” he added.

Mensah said UNHCR established the farm in partnership with Rhema Care, an NGO, in conjunction with the Cross River State Government “to render some assistance to persons in need like Bakassi returnees.”

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