The immediate past Commissioner for Health in Cross River State, Dr. Inyang Asibong, has donated food and other items to Cameroonian refugees in the state to mark the 2019 Day of The African Child.
This year’s edition was themed “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s rights first’’.
Asibon donated food items such as beverages, rice, toiletries, drugs, amongst others, to children at the refugee settlement. He noted that the gesture was to give hope, love, and care to the African child in despair.
She added that the theme was timely in view of the humanitarian call for assistance for those in crisis and violence situations.
According to the ex-commissioner, “there was no better way to celebrate the African child than visiting the camp to donate food items and other materials to the refugees, with a view of giving them a sense of belonging”.
“The theme for this year is actually humanitarian aid. And I think there is no better place to celebrate the African Child than the refugee’s camp where we have over 27,000 Cameroonian refugees”.
“We are here to celebrate the children; we came with a lot of items for them in order to add to their nutritional value. We have checked the children and found out that more is needed to beef up their nutritional value.
She advised the children to have a positive outlook towards life and urged them to be of good conduct in the settlement.
Also speaking, the Acting Director General of the State’s Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Princewill Ayim, stressed that the state government was doing its best in supplying the refugees with food, drugs, security, and shelter.