Namibia will remain with me: Mgbangson

06 Jul 2015 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA) – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Country Representative in Namibia, Lawrence Mgbangson says Namibia is excelling in terms of refugee service delivery.
He said this when he paid his farewell courtesy call on Namibian Vice-President Nickey Iyambo in the capital on Monday.
Mgbangson noted that it is due to Namibia’s excellent refugee service that the UNHCR’s office in Geneva, Switzerland decided to close its office in the country.
“Now that the number of refugees has declined from 20 000 to less than 3 000, they said it is time to leave things in the hands of the Namibian government to manage,” he said.
All UNHCR facilities in refugee camps in Namibia will be managed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, “but should anything happen and the people flee back here, we will return and render our services,” Mgbangson assured.
He said it seems the donor communities are tired, and when they see a country like Namibia where democracy is flourishing with a growing economy and where peace and human rights are being respected, they leave management of refugee camps to Government.
On his part, Iyambo expressed gratitude to the services granted by the UNHCR.
“We regret to learn that the UNHCR office will come to a closure and we also realise that obviously the number of countries in need of humanitarian assistance is growing.
“We also realise that the donor community is approaching a fatigue situation, and obviously the Republic of Namibia will do its utmost best to render its assistance,” he promised.
Mgbangson is retiring after 25 years of service for the United Nations (UN) and 23 years of service for the UNHCR. He will return to his native Nigeria.
Mgbangson, who arrived here in January 2010, said he will leave Namibia with a big, positive impression.
“Namibia will remain with me and my family forever,” he said.
(NAMPA)
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