Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sustain Traditional Medicine: Dr. Dewah

WHO Pumps in Much Money into Cameroon to Sustain Traditional Medicine? - Dr. Dewah

Much money is being injected into Cameroon via the Ministry of Public Health to provide resources in traditional medicine. Unfortunately the money is going into wrong hands. This apparently explains why there are lots of bottlenecks in the whole set up. Dr Dewah spoke to The Vanguard about of celebrations marking the African Traditional Medicine day in Bamenda

Dr Dewah as a renowned modern traditional medic, tell me why you commemorated your 30 years in traditional medicine in Kumba, Bafoussam and Bali Gashu?

Thank you, the 14th of November last year marked my 30 years in the practice of Modern Traditional Medicine in Cameroon. This is a cause for celebration and evaluation of what I have done for the period. In all of these commemorations the public and the administration reassured and assessed that what I have been doing is significant, following the plethora of awards I received from the Youths Association – in Kumba, and that of young Cameroonian Jurists in Bafoussam, the coronation I had in Baligashu not withstanding. If I did not organize such festivities, celebrate the honours the population, and my collaborators, would have taken me for a greedy man. By my nature, I am a simple man and I like to expand, harbour many people and to give solace to people given the means. When I want to advise, I don’t talk with water in my mouth and I don’t say what I don’t know.

Who is Doctor Dewah?

This question has been asked several times. Dr. Dewah is not only a household name in Cameroon but is a famous name. I am called Dewah, the title Doctor was conferred on me by the people because of my services in the sphere of medicine. Even those who think traditional medicine practitioners should not be called Doctors still call me Doctor Dewah and I answer that title. I come from Balikumbat in Ngoketunjia Division North West Region. I live in Kumba South West Region and carry out my actvities throughout the country.

As the titan of modern traditional medicine in Cameroon now, can you trace your paths?

Yes, let me tell you my dear friends, the type of traditional medicine I am practising today is not the type my father practiced 30 years back. I have had to go to many prominent Traditional Doctors to polish my knowledge in traditional medicine to become stronger. My father was a traditional doctor. As such, I have his blood flowing in my veins. The type of traditional medicine I practise today is not his, but it is in connection with what I learnt from childhood. Though I was never my father’s student because I was only his son whom he could send to the bush to bring some leaves or barks of trees for him to concoct for public consumption, his blood is in me. After the experience I had, I decided to modernize the practice by going for more research. Till date, I have not stopped the researching.

You say your father was a traditional healer, apparently you might have inherited a bit of his knowledge, where then did you polish your knowledge?

I have passed through many renowned modern traditional medicine practitioners amongst who was the famous Dr. Adibolojia in Nigerian-now of blessed memory and many others. That is why I hold him in very High esteem.

You say the blood of your father is flowing in your veins, we understand ancient traditional doctors possessed mystical powers. Are you one of those modern traditional doctors with dual powers?

My friend let me tell you; as far as traditional medicine is concerned I want to let you know that traditional medicine is as old as humanity. When God created the world, he never created man with any illness; it is when man fell short of his glory, caused by the devil that God sent man away from the garden in anger. This however passed away as God still loves his people. After failing to overpower God’s people, the devil decided to inflict infections on people. In effect, God had to provide man with medicine against the diseases. This medicine was a tree. The fruits of the tree were to be used as well as the leaves, the skin and roots used as medicine. God also instructed some other herbs amongst plants for people to take as medicine. This healing power was not given to every body. God entrusted this to some people as a vocation. So people lived by it and the traditional medicine we use today started at that time. Man has lived by it, honoured it to give glory to God. Unfortunately the advent of civilization and mans greed for money and easy going life some traditional medical practitioners started blending tradition medicine with superstition, magic, soothsaying and many gimmicks. This was total abuse traditional medical values. The coming of modern medicines nailed the fiscal nail on traditional medicine. Since then traditional medicine has been eclipsed.

When I came back to Cameroon, traditional medicine had loosed it value and people depended much on conventional medicines that did not have the advantages of the traditional medicine. I and some of friends had to start crusading against all what was added to traditional medicine so as to maintain the purity and natural values of traditional medicine as it was from genesis. Today, we had to only modernize it by improving on its preservation, storage and application with regards to dosage yet upholding its natural principles as there were in those days. This has caused many people to return to use of traditional medicine today. Thanks to our relentless efforts for the pass thirty years. We have succeeded in discouraging all those aspects of magic and superstition to give purity and credibility to traditional medicine.

What in your opinion accounts for the interest in traditional medicine today after many years in oblivion?

Thank you so very much, you rightly said a moment ago that I am one of the pillars of Modern Traditional medicine in Cameroon. This might have been due to the number of years I have put in the practice and the effectiveness of traditional medicine. This might have also spurred the government of Cameroon to sign the convention of the African Head of States to protect and promote traditional medicine in their various countries. This convention was ratified by Cameroon government just seven years ago. Before the convention I had been practicing for 30 years. And prior to the ratification I had been crusading and practice modern traditional medicine for twenty three years. After having seen the importance of traditional medicine and evaluation made by World Health Organisation which states that 80% of world population depend on traditional medicine for survival Cameroon government had to embrace the practice. It is also thanks to my relentless efforts through the media that modern traditional medicine has advanced

What now accounts for the hitch with government officials as far as this practice is concern?

Cameroon government has very good intension for traditional medicine. The reason why government ratified the convention to protect and promote traditional medicine in the country. Unfortunate the officials put in place to administer the sector are not traditional doctors. They have a shallow knowledge about the practice and do not know where the shoe is pinching. They are not in a hurry to come out with a low governing traditional medicine. This explains why nothing has been done for he pass seven years after signing of the convention was signed.. They do not know who is practicing what type of traditional medicine, the difference between soothsaying, magicians etc. they only bundle every body in one basket. If one of them falls in the wrong hands they will conclude that all the traditional doctors are the same. In this regard, they have become the six blind men who went to see the elephant yet none of them said anything right about the elephant.

What makes you different from other modern traditional medicine?

The method I use in producing my medicines makes me different from many other traditional doctors, many are coming up and trying to imitate me. It will however be bad if they imitate and destroy my image in the domain of traditional medicine.

What are some of those very difficult health problems that others can not get you handle them with ease?

Well if I can handle them, they are therefore not be difficult cases to me any longer. For example in the modern medical sector, there are many illnesses that have been declared incurable. So because conventional Doctors believe that there can be no other source of healings after them. In this light, that what they can not cure is declared incurable. Interestingly, we handle some of such cases with ease. There are many cases of diabetes we cure in few days, yet it is declared incurable by conventional Doctors.

What is the essence of the commemoration of African Traditional medicine day of August 31st?

The African Head of States, after ratifying the convention of the World Health Organisation, decided set aside 31 of August as a day for stock taking to chart a way forward for traditional medicine to improve on its lots. Unfortunately there is a problem with coordination because the governments officials concern with our activities are not traditional Doctors them selves. In this regard, in the event of celebrations marking the African Traditional Medicine, they invite questionable traditional doctors, leaving behind authentic ones. Move so they invite only those they know will not question them on some ills of the sector. The WHO is doing every thing possible to sustain the traditional medicine and huge sums of money put at the disposal of the ministry of Public Health for use by traditional medics. Unfortunately, those of us who are renowned and can question authorities that be are being avoided. In spite all odds I still remain the titan of modern traditional medicine in Cameroon as opine by those who use medicine. I have never been invited to Yaoundé for celebration marking African traditional medicine day. I showed my concern last year by going to the department of traditional medicine, one week ahead of the “D” day August 31st but was given no information about the commemoration. The same thing happened this year.

Your product from every indication is in high demand; why not extend to other African countries to help mankind?

Smiles: is unfortunate to say this, some African countries are inviting me to either expand or settle in their countries since my activities are focus on man in the street. How can I go there when Cameroonians do not have enough? The production of my medicines is limited due to insufficient of materials. The request I have been receiving from African sub-region can not be met up with. However through my sensitization, I will request subvention from both the state and well-wishers to enable me produce the medicine in larger quantities to make my product available in most parts of Africa and affordable to all.. For instance the discovery on HIV/AIDS “Disbuilder” that retards pluralism of the virus in human system, warrants mass production to make it available and affordable to the public.

Can you tell me a little more about the functions of “Disbuilder” apart from the fact that its boasts the immune system?

Disbuilder is a medicine that holds the HIV/AIDS Virus hostage to stop it from reproducing in human system. This stops the spread of the virus in system and dies after some time. Out of about 100 people who come for treatment, 70 to 80% go back in good health after four or five application of the treatment which last for 14 days each.

Given that the drug boosts the immune system; can some body who has not carried out any medical findings take the drug to boost his or her system?

Well, it all depends on you, but we always advise the public to carry out the test to know their HIV status before we start administering our drugs. The drug is give to only those who are affected for we don’t want people to spend unnecessarily.

What has been your most difficult moment in the practice of modern traditional medicine?

You want me to revisit old wounds. Even the men in the street know that my Clinics were at one time unjustifiably closed by the Ministry of Public Health for alleged illegality. These however turn out to be unfounded, as apart from ill-fate at some levels, the decision by the then Minister of Public Health was based on rumors. “Hear Say””, .Finally the truth unveiled and my clinics were opened.

What were the reasons behind the one week open door days ahead August 31 – the African traditional medicine day?

That was my own little contribution towards activities marking the day, which to me is not a day meant for celebration but stock taking. A day for traditional doctors to evaluate their activities and brainstorm on how to we can improve upon our lots. Consultation was free during this period and all drugs sold at 40% discount on that day. All patients who consulted and took their drugs on that day benefited the discount.

How do you wish to be remembered by the time you are no more?

Well I can not prescribe how people should live to remember me, but the legally I have put in place will be my worth. The position I occupied in traditional medicine today in Cameroon today speaks for it self and is enough legacy. You know this practice was in oblivion with advent of modern medicine but today, the story is different, thanks to my long years of crusade and genuine practice as recognized by the population and official Ministry of Public Health during the commemoration of my 30th Anniversaries. Secondly the Clinics I have opened in various parts of Cameroonian and the Doctors I have trained will leave to tell my story. The Clinics I have opened all over have become institutions with trained doctors managing them. If I die today, they will remain and the people I have trained will continue to serve lives. This is a legacy that will never die.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mother, Son drown mysteriously in Bamenda

There was a pandemonium at Bamenda old town Monday September 7, 2009 following the discovery of the corpses of Madam Emaculate Lumshi, 31, who drowned with her son Megans. Mandam Lumshi mysteriously drowned with her son on Sunday September 7 at about 2:00 p.m in a small Ayaba stream that runs behind Ayaba Hotel through SNEC office.

It rained heavily up Mendankwe but it did not rain down town. Lumshi, a popular Achu seller along Ayaba Street, was washing dresses in the small stream with her son. Little did she know it had rained heavily that afternoon upland. Little did poor Lumshi know Sunday was her last day on earth!

The story goes that. Lumshi and Meagan had been quietly washing their dresses in preparation for re-opening of the school year on Monday while she noticed the volume of water was increasing rapidly. She carried some of the clothes she was washing to go and keep aboard the stream before coming to rescue the others. By the time she turned round the stream had carried Megans and was moving. In her state of confusion she rushed into the stream to rescue the child. Unfortunately the current of water was already too strong and swept the two of them.

Eye witness told The Vanguard Monday September 7, 2009 at the residence of the deceased at Old Town - Bamenda that they were amazed by the sudden increase of the volume of the water when it had not rained in town. It did not occur to them that something had happened. It was not until dawn that they discovered that Lumshi and the son who went to the stream to wash their dresses had not come back. It was then that they went to the stream just to discover concluded that she was swept away by water. The search started that night but Lumshi and son were only discovered the next day by the army rescue unit at about 11 00 on Monday at Mulang.

Lumshi, mother of four was married, had twins with her husband who works with New Life Super Market Bamenda. She was popularly known as ‘Manyi'.

By Chifu Edward

Mbinon In The Heat Of Community Development

Mbinon is one of the most prominent villages that make up the Noni tribe in Noni Sub-Division in Bui Division of the North West Region. It shares boundaries with the Nso tribe and in the South and North with the Wimbum tribe of Donga-Mantung Division. Mbinon has a committed population of over 7,000 inhabitants ruled by two Fons (of Kii and Tfum) and a Sub-chief of Bvutangii and other “Fais” and title holders who give them due assistance. The population involves in varied agricultural activities. It produces the best palm wine in the tribe and beyond. The village is popular in the tribe for solidarity and team work.

The granting of the Mbinon Community Action Centre project by GP-DERUDEP at an estimated cost of well over 26 millions francs has been a true test off the people’s communal spirit. No doubt, it has made their donor extremely proud; and the contractor, Ndifor Samco so elated as the project is realised in record time.

As per the grant, GP-DERUDEP has about 21 million francs to spend while the villagers had to supply labour worth over 5.2 million francs. The estimated 10,000 mud blocks was shared among the major families of Bvudvung; Bvukuw; Bvutang; Kimah and Mujei. In a short while, the families challengingly came out with more than their assigned number of blocks.

At the distance of over 7 km which the people had to trek, 20 loads of stones were dug out. In another 6 km distance, the people removed over 20 loads of sand. The estimated over 2,508 timber sown in some parts of the Mbinon wide natural forest at the distance of 8 km from the village was transported mostly on the head especially by the men folk.. Some women equally dared this very tedious exercise.

Come too think of the foundation, the people unanimously dug and levelled it manually. Worthy of note here is that, very old men and many expectant women who could not strain spent much time at the site to appreciate those working while others brought food and palm wine to entertain those working as their own contribution. It was marvellous and exciting. Communal work choruses were chanted to animate the labour. It was enjoyable to be present and very regrettable too be absent.

Sons and daughters of Mbinon who reside far off from the village and even in the Diaspora gave very generous financial and moral assistance. this was done easily through the umbrella development association, the Mbinon Development Association (MBIDDA).In view of this grant from GP-DERUDEP, during the 2008 annual fund raising of MBIDA, for the first time, the people contributed over 1.6 million francs on the spot.. This amount has greatly helped in the transportation of stones, sand and timber to the project site. As a sign of that communal spirit on the part of external elite, when MBIDA’s national President, Nformi Willibroad Bime announced that they had ran short of money and it might delay the project; money started flooding in from the various branches and individuals.

During the last fund-raising in December 2008, the individuals showed the sense of belonging to Mbinon given that home is home. This is fast giving positive responses from the Diaspora. The AGM for this year scheduled for 26th of December, 2009, and planned to be hosted in the newly constructed Mbinon Community Action Centre is expected to bring in contribution from all the kith and kin of Mbinon. Presence is expected to be marked financially and then physically.

In fact, most worthy of note during the construction is the communal spirit exhibited by the Mbororos who now fully consider themselves part of the village. They took part at every stage of the project. Of recent, they have been not only very active in community development, equally in sending their children in the Primary and Secondary schools of the village.

It should be noted that the GP.DERUDEP’s grant of the Community Action Centre is not the first community task of the people. But that it came to resuscitate that communal spirit that virtually left the people at the cause of inexplicable feud, some years back. Some of the projects the people had earlier obtained as a result of their communal efforts include: the digging of some of their major roads; the pipe borne, the Mbinon Catholic Primary School; the Health Centre; their Primary Schools and presently the Mbinon Community College (MCC) getting too its second year. In fact, were it not of the family feud that robbed the village of its expected development, it should have been a “small London” in the area. Nevertheless, since the people have chosen to bury the hatchet and glory in development, it is hoped that with that same communal spirit, the village will be different and an envious ambience worth living in, in the nearest future. The people strongly believe in the slogan “God (government) helps those help themselves” With their commitment, they are once more challenging either GP.DERUDEP or government to try them with another project be it classroom construction and why not electrification.

By Wamey Panky

We should Not Use Blackmail as A Weapon

Hate and hatred are defined as ‘intense hostility and aversion’. Of course it is good to have intense aversion and hostility toward things that are harmful to personal relationships. If everyone had this kind of constructive hatred, the world will truly be a better place in which to live. Sadly, however imperfect humans tend to hate the wrong things for wrong reasons. Destructive hatred is based on prejudice and misinformation –trigged by fear, anger and sense of injury.

People are inherently selfish. And selfishness, if not kept under control can turn into hatred. People who hold privileged positions in the community may have no reason to hate those in lowly place positions, even if they do, they have no cause to panic. After all, the lowly place cannot pose a threat during appointment in high positions. In politics, this is the prime cause of rivalry, bitterness and hatred. To be more successful, some politicians tarnish the reputation of their rivals. How do they do this? Through ‘BLACKMAIL’

Blackmail is one of the effective weapon used by weaker persons to fight stronger opponents. When new and popular leaders emerge, they threaten the old order causing a power tussle at the top. Many fading politicians do not accept the presence of young popular opponents especially the crowd-pullers. When this happens, they turn to the only option left –Blackmail. The weapon used to destabilise strong rival. Yes Blackmail a product of accumulate hatred; a cousin to jealousy. Though crude from the moral point of view, it remains a lethal weapon in the hands of fading politicians to fight formidable colleagues. A useful tool in tarnishing one’s reputation; useful in crippling one’s popularity; useful in deflating ones ego; useful in destroying ones ambitions. Yes!, useful in soiling ones social standing –all humiliation. They use defamatory language and go down to the extent of gossiping instead of discussing issues.

Blackmailers incite others to criticise and write against their opponents. They generate hatred and tension, an atmosphere difficult for reconciliation. One of their characteristic is that they lie low and direct others to tell lies against their victims. Cunning as they are, they even pretend to love their prey, and at times offer kisses as Judas did. However, blackmailers have their bad fate: - they hardly go unknown.

But whatever the situation, the blackmailed, the blackmailers and the society suffers at the end. When your leaders, the torch bearers of the community debase themselves before their masses, where do they turn to at the end? What will they tell the electorate when time comes? When opposing camps are built up resulting from their action, how do they reconcile the people?

When you soil your son/brother by inciting people to turn against him; and succeed in your action by pushing him off the stage, do you replace him? Or you’re just satisfied because he doesn’t belong to the “Political Pharisees Club” of the area where all such leaders must come from.

Anyone who ventures into something awaits positive results, so do blackmailers after blackmailing. The positive results may please only the few and not the masses. You can chose your friends but not your neighbour because while you quarrel with your friend and part, you’ll always s move back home with your neighbour even after a fight. Show a little kindness please.

By Menge Athanasius Atou

Grand Style Celebration Creation Of GSS

Eka Inhabitants Celebrate Creation Of GSS In Grand Style. Following the Hon. Minister of Secondary Education’s recent creation of Government Secondary Schools, Widikum Sub Division and Momo West Constituency in general received its own big share. In less than two years , and through the efforts of Hon Enwe Francis Abi, Widikum Sub Division has G.T.C, Larinji in Menka, G.S.S Bifang, G.S.S Eka in Bussam, G.S.S. Azem, G.B.S.S Widikum and G.S.S. Olorunti.

As those concerned, express their joy in their own style, the people of Ambombo, Ngalla and Eka in Bussam in Widikum Sub Division, the main beneficiaries of G.S.S Eka were exceptionally grateful to the government. This history-making occasion took place on Sunday 16th August 2009 commencing with a thanksgiving service at the Presbyterian Church Eka presided by Pastor Teneng Lucas Tah. Immediately after service, the Eka town Hall was full to capacity.

To express their appreciation for a job well done, Hon. Enwe Francis was extended an invitation to join them in their jubilations. At his arrival at 1.45 p.m., and after a brief curtsey call at the Eka Fon’s Palace, Hon Francis was escorted to the ceremonial ground by the Alleluia Choir of P.C Eka. Waiting anxiously to receive him were Fon Negbor Oscar of Ambombo, Barrister Angoh Angoh Jacob,Councilor Daba Ricahrd, all the quarter Heads, cross section of Eka internal and external elites. After a word of prayer by Mr. Ntah Barnabas, the Anthem was sung.

In his brief but well worded address, Fon Angih 11 Gideon Aguatong of Eka, expressed his sincere thanks to Hon. Francis for a work well done. Councillor Daba Richard got up immediately and handed to Hon Francis a letter of appreciation to the Government and an application for G.S.S Eka to take off in the academic year 2009/2010.

The peak of the occasion, came when Barrister Angoh Angoh Jacob got up and narrated to the entire population the uphill task involved in achieving something of this nature. The hall was shaken to its foundation when the Barrister addressed Hon Francis as a 'Fighter Lion'. He however denounced the attitude of some misguided persons who attempted to cause some disunity among the Bussam people. “We are one, and must continue to remain one in order to defeat our detractors. “We have asked the Minister permit our school to take off this year” he told the people. And continued: “It’s a formidable task that demands the financial and moral support of everybody” he concluded.

Hon. Francis took the floor and thanked the people immensely for the invitation and hectic reception accorded him. “I will do more, but much depends on your prayer and support”, He said: “But remember that I have one of the largest constituency, made up of seventy two villagers, so if I stay without coming here, don’t think you’re out of my mind” Much had been said by Barrister Angoh Angoh Jacob, but he however cautioned the people to contribute enough money, and contribute it quickly to enable you renovate the existing structures in time if the school is to start this year. He again thanked the people for their kind reception.

As if to pray for their brother, the Christian Men Fellowship (CMF) group of P.C. Eka , sang an inspirational song that drew emotional tears of joy from everybody . “I know the plan I have for you, - plans to prosper you declares the lord”; “though rising tides and storm may rage - yet God holds the future in his hands” I observed Hon Francis relax and gain more confidence as he watched his brothers pray to him through the song. “Though weary be the road ahead; God holds the future in his hands”. They seem to understand the tiring nature of Hon Francis duties as Abangson Emmanuel, Abia Joseph, Tanyi Daniel and colleagues admonished him to 'keep close to him and trust his love'. It was a happy day and true, Hon Francis was happy but the inspired C.M.F Choir urged him to “be happy all day long”. And as Hon Enwe Francis left Eka at 4 p.m. on that memorable day; true to the point, he was happy all day long!

By Menge Athanasius Atou

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chimp Dorothy died, 40 years old

Cameroon in the international media: At Santa-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center the 40 year old chimp Dorothy died of a heart faillure.

The picture above is a screenshot from National Geographic's site. Photo by Monica Szczupider.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Who Killed Misaje CPDM Section President?

The death of Alhadji-Magaji Seidou, the Donga-Mantung IV Cameroon people Democratic Movement (CPDM) Section President and Veteran worker at the Dumbu cattle range last August 25, 2009 has raised a lot of dust in the area. There has been counter accusations on who must have killed the easy going and Political Squealer. Most people think his death was untimely and very much precipitated.

At both his political seat of Misaje and his Dumbu work place, fingers have been pointing at his political adversaries and equally some top personalities at his work place. Some of the rumour mongers hold his death on his personal high ambitions; the strong zeal to rise in politics and at work place.

It is therefore, alleged that with his age experience at the Dumbu Cattle range. Alhadji Seidou Magaji had been mounting all forces to climb at the helm of the range. It is told that before the present manager of the range, the Battle to topple the management raised a fierce scuffle between the former Manager and late Alhadji Magaji to an extent they could not see eye to eye. And that when he caused his boss to be dislodged, he ahead counted himself blessed.

The story is told that when someone else was appointed rather than him, the battle was intensified. Really, while he was eyeing the Manager’s office others were seriously eyeing his own office, and viewing his long stay at the Range as a hindrance to their promotion.

In politics, it is hinted that despite Alhadji Magaji’s trickish defeat in 2007 from being the Mayor of Misaje, he had been posing a lot of challenges and his activities given his popularity in the area were indicative that in the forth coming election, the political no nonsense squealer was not going to spare the Council.

It should be remembered that Alhadji Magaji Seidou almost grabbed the office of the Mayor of Misaje during the 2007 municipal elections were it not that the present Mayor, Mr. Simon Nkenda Sunday smartly used the “son – of –the- soil” strategy. He worked overnight by alerting the Councilors that Alhadji Magaji, although having lived in Misaje for long was from Mbot in Nkambe Central Sub – Division. He wondered why they should vote a stranger to rule them. He had to whip the people’s sympathy to choose their own son. (himself).

So the next day during elections, despite the millions he had spent to tip the Councilors, Alhadji Magaji was shocked that the tables turned at the last minute against him. He felt disgruntled and stressed up. It is on this count it is told that he vowed to frustrate the Council to pave his way in, during the next round of municipal election. And that this political adversaries had also vowed that his plans would never see the high of the day.

Talking to the Misaje Mayor, Mr. Simon Nkenda Sunday, he dismissed the rumour as the work of his detractors and trouble makers. To him, this was just like raising dust during the rainy season. Nevertheless, the Mayor expressed that he was most grieved for the death of his ambidextrous politician, and more so because Alhadji Magaji was his most reliable councilors.

He admitted that after failing the election into the Mayorial seat, Alhadji Magaji was like any human being, depressed. And that shortly after the election, he manifested his frustration in a luck warm attitude towards the political and Council activities of the area. “Despite his cold attitude 1 was not much disturbed because it was like him. He was never a noise –makers. So I had no problem with him”. Expressed Nkenda!

However, the Mayor disclosed that when this luck warm attitude persisted, they were brought to settle matters on the table by their own brother Dr. Calistus Fuh Gentry, the Secretary of state for Mines Energy and Technological development. Things according to him went back on the rails and they began to interact to the fullest.

On whether he dislodged his position to become the Mayor, Mr. Simon Nkenda said it was far from that. He confided that things were earlier on at the start of that political season arranged. Alhadji Magaji, Seidou was to be the Section President which he himself was anxious to grab. He said to consolidate that position, it was also agreed that should the CPDM win in Misaje, Re, Simon Nkenda was to be the Mayor.

He equally admitted that when the CPDM won the Council, Alhadji Magaji who was the Section President again express the desire to be the Mayor. At this juncture, the people only reminded him of the “Gentlemanly agreement” they had earlier and so the terms were merely respected giving him the Mayor ship University Central Hospital (CUSS) Yaounde where the Doctor discovered that it was already too late and that his father, would not survive. At this juncture he said, he was only left on pain –killer drugs until he finally gave up his ghost.

Seidou remarked that his father was God-fearing, generous and the one who had always strived to the right. “According to our Islamic custom, we do not believe in Witchcraft but that God has a hand in every happening. We will rather be angry with anybody who points at anybody for our father’s death. Allah knows better”. Seidou expressed. The air of suspicion on the death of the Donga- Mantung IV CPDM Section President, Alhadji Magaji Seidou seems to be settling down with the son’s interview played regularly over the new Savannah Frontier Radio Nkambe.

By Wamey Panky

CBC Pastor Says TB Joshua’s Emmanuel TV is a Cult

Pastor Mbangha Peter of Grace Baptist Church, Mankon, Bamenda, of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC, has said Prophet TB Joshua, together with his Synagogue Church of all Nations, SCOAN, and Emmanuel Television station, all belong to a cult.

In a chat with the Vanguard Newspaper recently, Pastor Mbangha said he was making a personal and independent appraisal on the activities of TB, Joshua, the SCOAN and Emmanuel TV.

Asked to expatiate upon his statement that TB Joshua, the SCOAN and Emmanuel TV belong to a cult, Pastor Mbangha said cults focus their attention more on their founders, rather than on Jesus Christ. That is exactly what the SCOAN and Emmanuel TV do. “They focus more on Prophet TB Joshua than on the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Pastor Mbangha said.

TB Joshua and Emmanuel TV focus on miracles and charity, but in all of that, Christ is left out, Mbangha said, “They use Christ as a spring board to project themselves,” he said.

The CBC Pastor said when you work with scripture, you see that what Emmanuel TV does is a kind of pointing to a person, rather than to Jesus Christ.

According to Mbangha, charity is a means to an end, not an end in itself. “Charity should aim at leading people to Jesus, which is the mission of the church, and not to project man or and organization”, Pastor Mbangha said.

The Pastor of Grace Baptist Church said Emmanuel TV was projecting the Philosophy of Pragmatism which holds that “because it works, it is good.” Such a philosophy is not what scripture teaches, Mbangha said. Scripture teaches that not all miracles come from God, some come from the devil, he said.

Pastor Mbangha cautioned who ever cared to listen by citing Mathew 24:24 which states that “False prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders so as to lead people astray”.

According to Mbangha, the things people go out in search of, in Nigeria or wherever, can be found right here in Cameroon. To him miracles should not be publicised. “The fact that we do not publicise, does not mean that God does not work through us”, he said

By Yusuf Yerima

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Who Has Derailed Democracy In Cameroon?

Democracy can only thrive in an educated society. We all know that Ahidjo, the first President of Cameroon was a graduate of a “Superior Primary School” Ecole Primaire Superior” This means that he had learnt and inherited very little from Western Education. This is why he looked for all means to kill Multipartism in order to avoid criticisms. He succeeded in doing so in 1966 when he crushed all the parties and formed the CNU.

With the death of Multipartism, Ahidjo reintroduced a Feudal System which Muslims are associated with. It was not just a one party system but Feudalism at its best which has persisted up to now even in the hands of educated Southern Christians.

What I am saying is that the Northern Regions have derailed the Democratic process more than any region in Cameroon. Motions of Support are an inherited form of Griotism from Northerners. They are a people who believe that the leaders or Lamidos are given by Allah and are always right in what they say or do.

From experience, Northerners always join the bandwagon last or when their so called leaders tell them to do so. They allowed their leaders to think for them during the 1990 political agitation in Cameroon. They did not seem to understand what the hell the agitation in the Southern part of the Country was all about. Taking into consideration their level of “Scholarisation” it took a long time for Political chameleons like Bouba Bello Magari, Dakole Daisala, Mustapha, Anter Gasagai, Isa Tchiroma Bakary etc. to sensitise then to know what was wrong with the present regime.

That apart, during the June 2008 riots the Northerners did not just understand what was happening in the South. Nothing took place there even though 95 percent of them are not just poverty stricken but also pictures of misery. They lack nearly everything under the sun yet because of ignorance they do not know.

It is inconceivable that their political leaders like the ones mentioned above have at one time or the other rescued a man whom they wanted to kill in 1984. Nothing fails like a failed coup. They learnt this bitter lesson in 1984. It is true that these are a set of people who never forgive which is why they are fighting hard to regain the power they lost in 1982. God forbid. With all that has been said above, there is no doubt that the Northerners have derailed, frustrated and stalled the democratic process in this country. Nomadic education could play the trick since democracy can only succeed in an educated society. Nomadic people need Nomadic teachers to follow them where the cows eat.

All the blame cannot go to the Northerners Francophone political leaders have from their statements and deeds proved that they are not a people to be counted on. Most if not all of them have no principles which is why they are easily dribbled. Their general problem is the fear of an Anglophone taking over the mantle of power in this country. This explains why they have all gone back to join the C.P.D.M Government which they have once castigated. Their problem is the “S.D.F” which they say is an Anglophone party. This means that the CPDM is a Francophone party. With an Anglophone as president, tribalism, Corruption and inertia will not be tolerated. Cameroon will stand up and be counted among the great nations of Africa or the World.

We all are witnesses to what has happened to the five sacked Bank Manager in Nigeria. Within one week, the corrupt Bank Managers have coughed out money, three times more than the budget of Cameroon. Arresting and locking up people is not the answer. What is wanted is the forceful Recovery of the stolen money in a firm manner as the Nigerian Government is doing. More and more stolen money is coming in and some of those arrested have been granted bail to go out and bring back all the stolen money.

The Anglophones have in their own small way derailed the Democratic process. As a marginalised group, they could have built up an impregnable united front. What have we seen? Greed, back-stabbing, Mutual suspicion and blackmail which have rendered them vulnerable to all forms of intrigues. If Biya’s divide and rule tactics have succeeded anywhere in this country, it has been in the Anglophone Regions. Every one wants to be appointed a Minister or Director and the only weapon used is blackmail.

Those who formed the leading apposition party, SDF were the first to start to tear it down to shreds. Why not stay there and correct the weaknesses in spite of the frustrations? When people start jumping from one church to another there is every reason to believe that they lack faith and principles in what they are doing. Nobody is an Angel on earth. It is left to Cameroonians to go back to the drawing Board and map out a strategy on how to kick this regime out which has become a liability to Cameroonians.

By Sylvester Gwellen.

Hon Banadzem Builds Human Resource Base for Kumbo

Against a backdrop of an ever-increasing number of vulnerable children and threats of social ills that might emerge in Bui Division in years ahead due to neglect of orphans, Hon Dr.Banadzem has embarked on granting of scholarships to these classes of children in a bid to step up the human resources of the Division.

It is for this reason that Hon Dr. Banadzem Joseph, strongly believes that “Helping an orphan now is helping our society tomorrow”. Owing to the fact that education is the best and eternal treasure a parent can give his child, Banadzem hold strongly that “going to school is the first of Children’s Rights even for orphans”. It is with this in mind that he has called on all and sundry to “make orphans school Children, do not leave them as Street Children” as they may become a threat to social cohesion of the society.

This thought-provoking and pathetic appeal of the Member of Parliament for Bui Central-Hon Banadzem Joseph to the entire community and the nation was made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at the Kumbo Council hall on the occasion of “Back to school programme for some orphans of in Kumbo-Bui division North West Region.”

The annual ambitious programme which started five years ago under the canopy of an NGO - Kumbo Development and Orientation Centre in which he is the lords has gaining more strength as apart from the increasing number of orphans every year, the number of well-wishers and donors is increasing yearly. This is apparently due the clinical use of what we might call the widow’s mite and the huge amount of human and material investment of the MP in this sphere.

Every year Hon Banadzem injects millions of francs in the programme with or without from the general public The Vanguard gathered .Over four millions francs has been invested in this year’s programme for the benefit of two hundred and thirty (230) pupils. Each and every one of them went back home with exercise books, rulers, pens pencils and five thousands francs for the school fees amongst others exigencies.

The mammoth crowd and the enthusiasm and words of appreciation expressed by beneficiaries during the occasion indicated that the gesture was a stitch in time as many Cameroonians of the rural world live below poverty level.

Hon Banadzem’s initiative, and other development projects either ongoing or propounded for Bui Division by both the MP, The Council, Strategic Humanitarian Service (SHUMAS) other NGOs and astute elite, blends Bui people as visionaries, a people conscious of the future of their children, generations to come and the challenges of the 21 century, the Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) for Bui Division Panjouono Daniel appraised.

In keeping with norms of project management, the MP gave clinical statistics of what was donated by other well-wishers for the success of the occasion. He gave kudos to especially Bui Family Union (BFU) of USA that donated seven hundred and forty thousands francs (740.000frs) CFA, for this exercise, BFU of Georgia, Britney Sandquist (Dickson College Pennsylvania USA,Terence Cudney (Dickson College Pennsylvania USA and professor G V Fanso not withstanding.

Rekindling the myth of the HIV AIDS pandemic, the MP lamented that most of the orphans were children of parents who died of AIDS.” Who knows if some of the children are patients them selves?” he wondered aloud. It is for this reason that he called on other MPs nation-wide to assist, not only the orphans, but the “have nots” less-privileged, to pre-empt societal crimes that come with illiteracy and inability to live up to expectation.

Although the programme is limited to primary school pupils as at now, plans are on the way to extend the programme to secondary schools in the near future. Other components of the programme he said have to do with Health Care with MHO Kumbo, Purchase of other school needs like uniforms, shoes, textbooks amongst others.

In a bid to further improve on the lot of vulnerable children, KUDOC intends to twin with the Opportunities Industrialized Centre –OIC “to extend our concern beyond the primary schools and make some orphans integrate into professional life speedily” the MP said.

Children who had not registered before September 3, 2009 and those reaping from other social organizations were not privileged to harvest from the gesture. He appreciated the administration, the council and others who answered present at the occasion.

Quizzed on some of the problems faced by KUDOC, the MP said some of the parents are making a market from the programme as “they gather children who are not orphans to deceive the NGO for selfish reasons, while others siphon the liquid cash destined for payment of school fees. Apart from that, some of the orphans are not aware of their social concern and dying undiscovered.

The SDO on his part exhorted the guardians of the orphans not to divert the use of the money for selfish reasons. He hailed the Member of Parliament for giving both meaning and a human face to politics. He said .In a chat with the press he observed that community spirit is very developed in the Division. He cited a plethora of organisations vested in humanitarian services in the Division. He said government is in support of all development endeavours that could improve on the lots of the citizens. Development, he went on is participatory.

The Mayor of Kumbo Council Njong Donatus on his part hailed the MP and other donors for assisting the orphans in their academic needs. “For the MP to think about these destitute children at this time money is hard to come by, I am very elated and want to thank and congratulate them for the good will gesture,” he said.

He said his council has also been assisting the vulnerable in its own little way. Njong said two months holidays jobs for a stipend of CFA20.000 frs are offered to orphans every year to enable them meet up with some of their academic needs. That not-withstanding, the mayor said Kumbo council is corroborating such humanitarian programmes of the MP by twinning with other social organisations to assist vulnerable children in a bid to reduce the burden of KUDOC.

Officials from the ministry Basic Education and Social Affairs lauded the initiative of the MP which according to them falls in line with government actions.

By Chifu Edward

New Directress To Revamp Activities In CEAC Bambui

Since the creation of Community Education Action Centre (CEAC) Bambui, the inhabitants of the areas for which CEAC was created being Kedjom Ketinguh, Bambili, Bambui and Kedjom Keku either due to ignorance have benefited very little or just nothing especially women and youths despite the many training and other facilities that have been made available for them at the centre.

It was as a result of this rather unfortunate situation that with the arrival of a new Directress Madam Awondu Emilia, whose mission is to revamp the CEAC’s activities, that a meeting was recently held in the Tubah Council hall recently. The meeting brought together CEAC management Committee members, NGO and other invitations.

In his opening remarks, the Lord Mayor of Tubah Municipality, Sofa Meji Stanislaus was fully satisfied and appreciated the presence of these members from their various villages, NGO’s and other invitees. He urged them to transform their actions into reality being constructive and objective during the brief meeting whose principal agenda point was to bring CEAC to its rail from its present slumber for the good of these villagers and their community as a whole.

During the meeting participants disclosed that the main cause of their present fate with CEAC was due to lack of education, as the population remains ignorant as to the role of the centre. For the centre to be up to its mission, participants with one voice resolved to carryout an intensive educational tour to these villages and if possible from quarter to quarter for proper education. The tour as agreed is expected to end in October 2009 to be followed with the training of CEAC management committee members in December 2009.

On her part, the Divisional Chief of Service for Community Development Mezam, Madam Gwanforbe used the meeting forum to introduce to participants madam Awondu Emilia as the new Directress of CEAC Bambui. She appealed to them to lend her a good hand of fellowship what will enable her to use her rich experiences for the good of the centre and Tubah as a whole.

Closing the meeting CEAC Committee management chairman Mayor Tanjong Martin thanked participants for the sense of purpose they demonstrated during the meeting, which was enough evidence that they have the survival of CEAC Bambui at heart. He then appealed to them to effectively put into full use the knowledge so gained at the meeting for good results to be obtained from their respective villages and areas of action. Another fervent appeal from mayor Tanjong was for the Divisional Chief for Community Development Mezam was that his municipality should always be thought of in all her actions and programmes. He finally declared his committee’s willingness to lend to the new Directress of CEAC Bambui their fullest collaboration. The CEAC Bambui management committee members are Messer’s, Tanjong martin, Awondu Emilia, Peeters Tabaah, Bijengsi Jerome, Justina Anyeshenui and Regina Mokom who are the Committees Chairman, Secretary, Vice, Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Assistant.

By Chungong Anthony

“My love for president Biya cannot be measured” Issa Tchiroma Bakary

Appointed last June 30, 2009 to head the Ministry of Communications in Cameroon, Issa Tchiroma Bakary has said his love for president Paul Biya is immeasurable.

He made the revelation recently over the CRTV national television while as guest on George Ewane-anchored program “Inside the Presidency”. The communication boss who is also leader of an opposition political party; the National Salvation Front however denied that his love for the president is not because he is chairman of the ruling political party , the CPDM. He said his immeasurable love for Paul Biya is due the fact that he is someone who is working for the success of a winning nation.

According to Issa Tchiroma, his appointment as communication minister last June 30 by president Biya is a mark of confidence and trust that the president has for him who is not a member of his party hence another reason he loves him.

Asked whether Issa Tchiroma is serving the head of state or the nation, he said “I am serving both for there is no difference in serving the head of state and the nation”. Justifying that the head of state is chosen by the nation hence if he is serving him it means he is serving the nation.

On the discrimination between the public and the private journalist in Cameroon, the communication minister said “to me there is no dichotomy between the public and private journalist”. He reiterated that one of his goals since he took over office as communication minister two months ago has been to bridge the gap that exists between the public and private journalists and make them more responsible in Cameroon.

Quizzed on his caption like that of his predecessor that was new deal communication, Issa Tchiroma said his own caption will go above responsible communication as proposed by George Ewane. The communication boss however called on journalists to be united and work towards nation building behind a nation builder who is president Biya.

By NDI Eugene NDI

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Newspaper editor threatened over corruption coverage

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders calls on President Paul Biya to publicly condemn a series of attempts to intimidate its Cameroon correspondent, Jules Koum Koum, who edits "Le Jeune Observateur", a weekly based in the southwestern city of Douala.

"In recent weeks, this respected journalist has published several detailed and well-researched reports on corruption implicating a number of prominent people," Reporters Without Borders said. "In so doing, he has helped Operation Sparrowhawk, an anti-corruption drive that is being promoted by President Biya himself."

The press freedom organisation added: "We urge all of Cameroon's partners, through the European Commission delegation and through their embassies, to support Jules Koum Koum, both in order to protect him and to encourage journalists who are helping to combat corruption."

In the most recent incident, several individuals tried to enter Koum's home at around 2 a.m. on 26 September 2009. Aroused by a noise, Koum alerted neighbours and thereby managed to scare the intruders away.

Three weeks before that, on the night of 1 September, several gunmen broke into his home and took a briefcase containing work documents and personal items. Following this incident, Reporters Without Borders wrote to national security chief Emmanuel Edou asking him to ensure that the safety of Koum and his family was guaranteed.

Someone meanwhile hacked into Koum's email account and that of his newspaper on 27 September. "My password was changed without my knowledge, with the result that I can no longer access my email," he said. A spam message in English has been sent several times to all his contacts. His two telephones are also being tapped, Reporters Without Borders has been told by several different local sources.


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Sunday, October 4, 2009

“…teachers and school heads should help the government adopt good educational policies”

Cambridge University Press was created by the King of England some 475 years ago, with a precise and near-evangelical mission: “Dissemination of knowledge world wide”. This printing press has stood the test of time and has ramified throughout the world, just as the King wished. It is represented in Cameroon by Mr Nforgwei Rogers.

The Cameroon Branch has engaged in charitable activities towards school children, especially the poor and underprivileged. They have given scholarships to over 47 families in five different Regions of Cameroon and intend to cover all the 10 regions of Cameroon. Their focus is to assist the Cameroon Government achieve free education for all primary school children by 2015. The Vanguard talked to Mr Nforgwei Roger. Here are excerpts of the interview.

What was the motive behind the Scholarship you granted to some form one students of North West Region recently?

The reasons are manifold. First is that we operate in Cameroon thus creating jobs for Cameroonians. More so, I was particularly excited to extend a hand of fellowship to the North-westerners. Besides, most of the Staff that we have had from the beginning of ENIMA Education came from all the regions of the Northwest. Throughout the life of ENIMA Education we have employed at least one person from each division of the Northwest Region. We have thus been affecting the lives of our brothers all around the region, but the Scholarship was basically a Social Service to community which feeds him with the Social responsibilities of the company.

Another reason in that we operate in Cameroon and need to be supportive of the government of Cameroon in Education policy. We know that according to Education in action plan, the government intends to have free primary Education for all by 2015 and at this period of school resumption, many drop out because of lack of means. We thus thought the little money and text books we provide for form ones can enable most parents to send the children to Secondary School. One of the reasons is that we want to encourage performance, hard work in Education corroborating Cameroon Government Education Policy.

We are in an era where people seem to be less interested in having textbooks in schools. We cannot achieve quality Education without encouraging parents to buy text books for their children. So I thought that by encouraging excellence, those who did not win that prize would be spurred to work hard so they can deserve it next time. So while we encourage those who had excelled, those who could not make it will work hard to measure up. In that way, we will be setting some standards and at same time encouraging quality Education.

How many pupils benefited from that scholarship?

The Scholarship intends to cover all the ten regions of Cameroon but because of the timing, the planning and feasibility or practicality of it, we only had a quick response from five regional delegations. So we decided to start with the first five to continue next year with the other five. By the time we go through the programme we would have assisted about forty seven or more families of Cameroon to send children back to school.

It sounds small but we have been operating in Cameroon for only five years in very difficult circumstances. Yes Cambridge is a wealthy old and a renowned International publishing house but each market has generated its own process. So I had to work hard as a Cameroonian to source this project into my budget even though the balance sheet of Cameroon is in red. You can imagine that if we can do this when we are just about five years old, it means, if we were like other publishers who have been around for decades we would have done a lot more thus what we are doing now. I am very excited to say that no matter how this programme many look like, it is a very compassionate programme.

It comes from our hearts. I was very touched, when we did it in Buea, Southwest Region and two of the winners had just been orphaned before the exams. One lost her father two weeks into the exam and another, a mother a couple of weeks to the exams. You can know what the future of these children was going to be. But with this kind of support, you can be sure that their uncles and other relatives or well wishers can chip in something to enable the children go to school. The programme will grow with time as we get support from the regional delegations of Education or government as well.

How many people benefited from the scholarship in Bamenda?

Eleven in total: eight Anglophones , two were from Islamic Schools in Kumbo three best Francophones for CEP still from Kumbo. I selected Islamic Education System for having two winners out of eight.

How much was the cash prize?

I rather look at the package per child which sums up to forty-five to fifty thousands francs per child. It varied because some of the books we offered the Francophones were not our products. We had to buy them from the various publishers. Apart from that we had to pay transport for the parents and their children to and fro. To me, that is not what is very important, what is important is the heart that gives not the weight of what you give.

What were the criteria?

The criteria were just best performance. And I dare say I am confident in the regional delegation for Basic Education of Northwest region because they followed our advice on how we tried to gather statistics. All the marks of the divisions were forwarded to the regional delegations. The regional delegations then give us the names of the winners with their marks.

Is it going to be an annual exercise or is it only for this year?

We intend to make it annual but we also need the support of the Regional Delegations of Basic Education for the Northwest and other regions reaping from the programme. In what form you may want to ask. They are the decisions makers they are the ones to select the best textbooks. I was not asking them for an unfair favour because I know that Cambridge produces the best text books but I am just saying that they should honestly, transparently look at the quality of Cambridge material, the content and the physical quality and the availability of our material and encourage schools to go for those ones.
Truly, our books as demonstrated are durable. A family can use it for more that two years. In that way, there is a hand back effect and it helps the financial planning of the family. So if the regional delegations of Basic Education, in collaboration with their divisional delegates, are supportive of this initiative, then we can do a little more to assist both government and parents in the strife for quality education.

We have a lot to offer Cameroon in the sphere of Education amongst other Social issues, we are and ambitions business establishment ready to support communities in which we operate. This we can do because we are not looking for big profit. Actually Cambridge University Press belongs to the University of Cambridge which is not owned by share holders or partners who are expecting dividends at the end of the year.

So we keep our profit margin low just enough to pay the staff and the over heads and to plough back to little proceeds to publish more. The press was created by the King of England 475 years ago, with a precise mission “Dissemination of knowledge world wide” So we have to find ways of disseminating the knowledge to the whole world by producing the material that are required. In this regard, when we are publishing for third world countries for assistance, we know it is a price sensitive market. Our books are sold in Cameroon at five times less the price in UK.

How is the Scholarship programme going to boost your business?

I think that parents and even the government will see us as true publishers to deal with. The teacher will realise that our materials are good and durable and when they use it in their various classes, the children will develop interest in our products. While we are playing our social responsibility in Communities in which we operate, we are at the same time boosting our image. I think that through such programmes, people will know us better and understand us because we are being misunderstood by others.

You are operating in a system in which text books are constantly being changed. How are you coping with the system?

The first thing is that the constant changing of books in caused by publishers themselves. For pure commercial publishers, they change the covers of books so that there can be no hand down effect so what he does is change the cover and a few things to give the impression that the book is a new edition. More so, the approval of text books is not systematic. It is not well managed; the policy is not clean and sustained by both ministries.

In other countries, what obtains in that, government resolves that books will not be changed for three years, but then the Commission meets every year to evaluate and access the impact on the entire educational system and its applicability to the Social – cultural Economic and Political realities. But the whole system here is so confused and the teachers also end up being confused. Here I will advise that teachers and school heads should help the government adopt good Education policies. The whole system is so controversial.

Books that were prescribed for use in three years end up being used for only one year. This confuses parents, students, teachers and Heads of Schools. Beside this makes Education very expensive for some parents. To an extent, it misleads others from furthering the Education of their children. The system is not holistic. The only way to resolve this can be via some form of platform, forum to discuss Education to look at the relationship between the Education family and those that interact in Education, i.e. owners of private schools for instance and those who produce learning materials for schools. We need to do this because we are anxious for better standards private schools owners have been telling us that they are anxious for better standards and from the Scholarship exercise I realise that most of the winners came from private schools. They know how to run the schools and government schools do not give the same results. This means there is some thing wrong some where.

Some time the Ministry publishes the list of books in June when the private schools had sent their children out on holidays and had already decided on the material to be used in the following year. When the book list comes out in June, this forces the change the books they already adopted. This affects both schools and parents who had earlier on bought the books.

What appraisal would you make about the occasion?

It was excellent, I am very thankful to the regional delegation for their co-operation, the governor. I saw that Cambridge University press brought Services into the forces of the parents and children of the region. I felt good when I discovered that people were alerted. Is nice when you touch minds, is blessed to give and I felt good that we affected lives.

From our news desk