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Atanga Nji Rejects UN, NGO Figures Of Displaced Anglophones, Puts Gov’t Figures At 152,000 IDPs

Yaounde (National Times)- Cameroon’s Territorial Administration Minister, Paul Atanga Nji has rejected figures from the  United Nations (UN) and other international Nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs) of internally displaced persons ( IDPs) following the crisis in the country’s North West and South West Regions.

Speaking during a press conference in  Yaounde on Thursday April 4th  to review the implementation of the humanitarian assistance plan  of government,  the minister said such figures could be likened to fake news . He chastised some NGOs of giving figures with the aim of making business out of the situation.

“I read not long ago a report that talked about 400,000 internally displaced persons in Cameroon. And I will want to say that it is false. That it is fake news. The organisations that are spreading such information, want to use the situation in the Northwest and Southwest Regions to make money” Atanga Nji revealed.

Atanga Nji  who is the national coordinator of the FCFA 12.7 billion humanitarian plan decried that, inflating the figures of IDPs can threaten the sovereignty of the nation.

He revealed that, statistics from administrative authorities and ‘other serious NGOs collaborating with the government show that, there over 152.000” IDPs across the North West and South West Regions. The minister said 60 trips have been made to the field to distribute aid. He disclosed that 75.000 families have benefited from the aid

He went further to say that some of these organisations just want to tarnish the image of the government before the UN to give the impression that Cameroon is not fit to take care of the internally displaced persons in their territory. All of this follows the Head of State’s order for the acceleration of the distribution of aid to individuals affected by the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.

Atanga Nji’s figures contradict that of the UN and partners which put the number at close to 500,000 internally displaced persons. Last week while pleading for more funds, the UN stated that more than 500,000 persons are displaced and urgently need help. Atanga Nji said there is  a total of about 6000 IDPs  in  the Center, West and Litoral Regions

One Comment

  1. John Bokilo John Bokilo April 4, 2019

    Atanga Nji Paul leads the Caneroon police and gendarmes. He is the head of units committing #genocide and he should not be spared when the day of reckoning arrives. There will be no forgiveness. The ministers in #Cameroon must receive the same treatment that the population in Libya gave to Gaddafi and his family.

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