Chief Ani Essien, former Chairman, Bakassi Local Council Area, Cross River, on Sunday called on the Federal Government to provide enough living accommodation for the returnees from the ceded area.

Essien made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.

He told NAN that the Federal Government had promised the people that returned from Bakassi Peninsula which was ceded to Cameroun in 2013 of decent living accommodation, among other things.

According to him, government has yet to provide fully the accommodation and other things promised.

“Government told us that the ceding would be painless and would not deprive us of anything.

“But we have been left homeless; we have been left without resources and we have been left without an identity,’’ he complained.

According to Essien, issue bordering on Bakassi returnees had been politicised and some people now are now taking the advantage of the challenges.

“Nigeria should address the issues properly just as her counterpart, Cameroun, did.

“The Camerounian Government has brought development to the ceded area. It has built houses and provided other amenities for the fishermen there but this hasn’t been done here.

Essien said that it was agreed that the returnees would have a sense of belonging and urged government to revisit the Green Tree Agreement and fulfill its part f the agreement.

The former council chairman said the people of Bakassi had made submissions on the issue before the Niger Delta Dialogue Contact Group led by King Alfred Diete-Spiff.


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