The Cross River State Government has commenced the payment of stipends to displaced Bakassi returnees at the premises of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development, Calabar, as part of her Conditional Cash Transfer policy, to cushion the effects of their resettlement.
The returnees, drawn from Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Osun, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa and Enugu states, were seen in large numbers at the ministry, defying the rains, to collect the stipends which calitown.com was informed, is a backlog payment going back 13 months.
Investigations showed that on the first day of payment, only returnees of cross River origin were considered while others from the remaining six states in the list will take their turns in the days following the first day payment.
One returnee, Archibong Eyo, told calitown.com that, “as a very poor person, displaced by the ceding of Bakassi, I am thankful to government for deeming it fit to give this us stipend”, adding that, the money will go a long way in helping them attend to immediate needs.
At the time of going to press, the first batch of returnees of Cross River origin were seen undergoing biometric clearance before getting their stipends.
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