Due to increasing number of Cameroonian refugees fleeing hostilities in their home country, Nigerian government has concluded plans to build the third refugee camp in Cross River State for them.
It will be cited in the central senatorial district of the state, the comptroller of immigration in the State command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Okey Ezugwu, has disclosed.
There are already two refugees camps in Ogoja Local Government Area and in Akamkpa Local Government Area.
Ezugwu made the disclosure recently in Calabar when he hosted a four-man delegation from the Switzerland government.
The delegation came to inspect immigration projects, such as the immigration Personnel Training Resource Centre (PTRC) funded by their government.
Speaking on the training centre, the state comptroller said the centre has thus far helped in training about 444 officers of the service. Ezugwu, a lawyer also said the training they have received has been spread over seven modules covering critical areas of immigration.
He said the NIS cannot thank the Switzerland government enough for its support over the years particularly the resource centre which has gone a long way in improving efficiency of the officers.
The comptroller said the officers of the NIS have been well trained to address the problem of refugees coming into Nigeria.
In her comment, the Nigerian adviser, Embassy of Switzerland Abuja Jolanda Pfister Herren, said that they were on an assessment of an ultra modern Personnel Resource Training Centre built and donated to the Cross River State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service.
According to her they were at the premises of NIS Calabar to find out what has been achieved as well as the challenges so that they can collectively improve on the centre.
She said: "We are here from the immigration service in Switzerland to see one of our projects that we financed with NIS,â€ adding, "We have a migration partnership with Nigeria since 2011 and we implement a lot of projects alongside the Swiss government.â€
According to her: â€So we came to visit some of the projects we finance like the Personnel Training Centre so we will see the results, discuss, and see how we can improve for future collaboration together.â€
The adviser who felt happy to see what they financed and the migration partnership they entered into with Nigeria, said. "One of the fruits of this is this training centre. We will look at what is working, what is not working, where the gaps are and where we can improve so as to have a very efficient NIS.â€
She lauded the NIS Calabar and assured that the Embassy of Switzerland will continue to interact about the results and achievements within the resource training centre and other projects.