Ita-Giwa decries neglect of 3,000 Bakassi returnees
Accepts to serve in govt, N’Delta dialogue team
Former Special Adviser on Legislative Matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Flornce Ita-Giwa has decried the neglect of over 3000 refugees of Bakassi origin in Cross River state, 10 years after ceding the disputed area to Cameroun.
The International Court of Justice (IJC) at the Hagues, had ruled that the areas be ceded to Cameroun.
Ita-Giwa, who also expressed concern over the plight of the people of Niger Delta, urged the Federal Government to engage credible Nigerians in a dialogue to end the incessant bombings of oil facilities by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
She disclosed that she would be willing to serve as representative of the Niger Delta negotiation team with the Federal Government, as recently proposed by the militant groups.
The former special assistant said: “I will consider serving if the Federal Government is willing to engage in discussions with credible Nigerians that have genuine interest and sympathy for the people of the region.”
She added that such dialogue would help in putting a lasting solution in place, in the face of on-going hostility thereby bringing succour to the people of the region.
As a mother and one from the region, “I shall also be willing to be part of the dialogue for the benefit of the people of the region and by extension, the numerous displaced Bakassi indigenes that have been neglected over the years.”
Ita-Giwa who is fondly referred to as “Mama Bakassi,” lamented that the over 3000 refugees have not been properly resettled out of no fault of theirs.
She wondered how the internally displaced people in other regions are being given lots of attention, including massive supply of relief materials and shelter, “while the Bakassi displaced people have been completely neglected and ignored for nearly 10 years.”