750 foreigners from eight West African countries that stranded in Calabar
Cross River state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that “the 758 people were on board a ship making stopovers along the coast of west Africa when their passenger vessel… made an emergency berthing after one of its engines broke down on December 25.”
A group of buses transported the stranded foreigners from Togo, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Guinea to their different countries, the statement said.
The statement added that while in the port facilities, the Cross River state government organised them food, water, blankets, toiletries and health needs for the sick and pregnant women.
John Inaku, director general of the agency, who spent time interacting with people wished them a safe trip through the state and the country to their different destinations. He praised the state governor Ben Ayade for the quick response to their plight by giving them the essentials for their comfort while in the state. Inaku stressed that the actions of Ayade was an evidence of his magnanimity and sensitivity to the needs of people without an iota of ethnic, racial or color bias.