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