The Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, has pledged the church’s continuous support to the Fetentaa refugee camp to make life worth living for its members.
Most Rev. Gyamfi was speaking at the inauguration and handing over of accommodation for police and nurses and a canteen complex for the School Feeding Programme (SFP) at the Fetentaa Camp in the Berekum West District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The GH¢270,000 project was initiated by the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) and funded by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
It has eight separate one-bedroom flats, four each for police personnel and nurses at the police station and clinic at the camp. Each flat comprises a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet, in addition to a bedroom.
Bishop Gyamfi said: “The Catholic Diocese of Sunyani and the NCS would persist in their collaborative efforts to give the camp a facelift for the Ivorian refugees to feel at home.”
He commended the UNHCR, the National Refugee Board (NRB) and traditional authority of Fetentaa for their remarkable contributions and assistance in diverse ways towards the socio-economic progress of the refugees.
Most Rev. Gyamfi observed “certain prevailing social factors render some of the refugees still vulnerable, and, consequently, making it extremely difficult for them to return to La Cote d’Ivoire voluntarily.”
He, therefore, appealed to the UNHCR, the NRB, benevolent organisations, philanthropic groups, individuals, religious bodies and corporate entities to support the refugees in various ways to create and maintain joy and satisfaction among them.
The Head of Field Office for the UNHCR’s FOTak, Mr. Arjun Shrestha, commended the Ghana Police Service for its immense contribution towards the maintenance of peace and order, not only within the camp, but also in the neighbouring communities.
Mr. Shrestha also expressed appreciation to the staff of the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service at the camp for their commitment and provision of dedicated services for the benefit of the refugees.
The Fetentaa Camp President, Mr. Teoulou Alex Herve, thanked the UNHCR, the NRB, NCS and the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani for their immense support and lobbied for a library complex and radio station be set up at the camp to promote quality education.
The Chief of Fetentaa, Nana Nti Yeboah II, appealed to government to establish a tomato factory in the area to serve as a source of employment for the refugees and the natives living in villages around the camp.