Refugee influx into Taraba linked to Cameroon's Ambazonia crisis

Refugee influx into Taraba linked to Cameroon’s Ambazonia crisis

The Inspector-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Taraba State Command, Khalid Usman Kwa, has maintained that the rapid increase in the number of refugees in Taraba State is a direct result of the ongoing crisis in the Ambazonian region of neighboring Cameroon.

During a meeting with Fr. Anthony Batua, founder of the Foundation for Peace, Hope and Conflict Management (FPHCM), highlighted the social challenges arising from the presence of refugees in host communities.

According to him, “The influx of refugees into Taraba is due to the Ambazonia crisis in neighboring Cameroon, particularly in Sardauna, Takum and Kurmi. The presence of these refugees poses social challenges to their host communities. It is reported that.”

Mr. Kwa expressed the commitment of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to address the complex issues surrounding migration and welfare of displaced persons in Taraba State and stressed the need for collaboration with the Peace, Hope and Conflict Management Foundation.

The auditor highlighted the complex nature of migration, citing factors such as economic prosperity, security, conflict and natural disasters as key factors. He emphasized the importance of concerted efforts to overcome these challenges.

Father Reverend Anthony Batua echoed the Foundation’s dedication to ensuring the safety of migrants and explored ways in which civil society organizations can positively impact the lives of vulnerable people.

Mr. Bathure called for a strong partnership between the FPHCM, NIS and the government, stressing the need to address the multifaceted challenges faced by migrants.


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