Against the background of the Covid-19 global pandemic and its attendant hardship on vulnerable people in Nigeria, the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons NCFRMI has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for tasking the Presidential Task Force led by the Secretary to government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha on Covid-19 to roll out palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown announced in the front line states of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.
The Federal Commissioner Senator Basheer G Mohammed, who is also the Co-Chair of the Humanitarian Intervention Working group under the PTF on Covid-19 made the assertion while presenting relief materials to IDPs and Refugees in Cross River and Akwa Ibom State. The Federal Commissioner was represented by the NCFRMI Zonal Coordinator South-South, Innocent Efoghe.
During the presentation to 880 Refugees including members of the host Communities who also benefited from the distribution exercise. The Flagg off took place at the Etun Local Government Area of Cross River State and Oron Local Government Area Akwa Ibom State targeting 2,280 individuals in total.
The items presented by the Commission to persons of concerns include 394 bags of Beans and 340 bags of Garri.
Earlier in March Water Sanitation and Hygiene items and face mask was also distributed to IDPs and Refugees in Calabar, Bakassi and Oban Cross River State to strengthen their personal hygiene and mitigate the spread of the Corona virus. In April food items, hand washing Soup, Hand Sanitizers and face mask where also distributed to 100 refugees and members of host community in Esit Eket. Eket local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State