‘We Cannot Continue To Provide Assistance To Nigerian Refugees’- UNHCR - 4 years ago
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Wednesday said that it would not continue to provide refugees in Nigeria with financial assistance. UNHCR’s new Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Antonio Canhandula, made the assertion in Lagos while interacting with some refugees from Chad, Sudan, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. According to him, what refugees in Nigeria need is protection, and not continuous assistance from the Nigerian Government and UNHCR. “I am in Lagos as part of my maiden visit to our Lagos Office, for me to discuss with you refugees on how to provide solutions to your challenges. “We really want you to know that being a refugee is not a satisfactory situation. As refugees, what you need is protection and not continuous assistance. “We cannot continue to discuss how to give you money for food, accommodation and children’s education. “You all have to get out of the mentality of continuously getting financial support from UNHCR. Our support is ineffective,’’ he said. Canhandula said that the Commission would discuss with the Nigerian Government and Community leaders on to the need to accept enterprising refugees.