Monday, November 19, 2012

Biya on the helm for 30 years

Cameroon - After 30 years at helm of Cameroon president Biya Ranked amongst World worst Tyrants Cameroonian President Paul Biya on Tuesday November 6 marked 30 years at the helm, while other consider him the guarantor of stability in a restive nation, some describe him one of the Africa’s worst dictators to others. Paul Biya has been ranked one of the four worst dictators in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the world’s worst 20, by an author and commentator for the United States TV network, NBC.

The ranking appears in David Wallechnisky’s new book; Tyrants, The World’s 20 Worst Living Dictators (Regan Press) launched Friday, November 17. Wallechinsky, a historian, has worked as a commentator for the American television network, the NBC, and is author of several reference books.

The story, carried on has been floated around the world. According to the story, since 2003, Wallechnisky has been writing an annual article for Parade Magazine, ranking the 10 worst dictators currently in power. He has now expanded the list and written a book on the subject.

Biya is ranked with only two others in sub-Saharan Africa: Robert Mugabe and King Mswati III of Swaziland.The author comments: “Every few years, Biya stages an election to justify his continuing reign, but these elections have no credibility. In fact, Biya is credited with a creative innovation in the world of phony elections.”

Wallechnisky writes about Cameroon’s electoral process: “In 2004, annoyed by the criticisms of international vote-monitoring groups, he (Biya) paid for his own set of international observers, six ex-US congressmen, who certified his election as free and fair.”

Biya Regime’s Traditional Reaction

The tradition of the Biya regime has been to react bitterly whenever it has been rated at the bottom of the virtues of governance and transparency. When Transparency International, TI, ranked the government two years successively as topping the chart in corruption, government ministers were very vocal on missions, castigating the international NGO as lacking the knowledge and authority to carry on its Corruption Perception Index.

They argued that Cameroon could not come before Nigeria in corruption. A lot of effort was employed in this direction, instead of going the whole hog to fight corruption, eradicate bad governance and improve on its human rights records, issues that always earn the government a poor ranking.

Meantime, Nigeria engaged a fierce fight against corruption. Since then, ministers and governors in Nigeria have either been forced to resign or have been sacked.

But when the same TI ranked Cameroon sixth after Nigeria, every government official was impressed and while making a speech anywhere, slipped in the ranking and proudly pronounced TI to impress well-wishers.

President Biya, thereafter, started a fight against embezzlement and corruption but abandoned it as very few of generally known corrupt officials have been brought to book. The rest of lot are working freely and living comfortably.

The tyranny and dictatorship ranking comes in the wake of another publication ranking Cameroon among the five worst countries in the world in terms of governance. The others in this rank are: Iraq, Chad, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Romania.

The information is contained in a Governance Perception Index, a survey carried out at Harvard University led by Professor Robert Rotberg, of Kennedy School of Government, and President of World Peace Foundation. Government apologists have swung into action condemning the ranking and questioning the authenticity of the Harvard Professor’s findings. It should be noted that Harvard is one of the world’s best universities.

No Guarantee For Fair Elections

Sarli Sardou Nana, a Cameroonian pro-democracy campaigner holds that: “As Cameroon prepares for local elections in 2013, it is worth pointing out that until the government allows for free and fair elections, the country will never get out of poverty.”

Nana states: “Free and fair elections can only come about through an independent electoral management process in accordance with the Durban Declaration.”

He cautions that: “The government has to realise that Cameroon’s present image of a badly governed state means it will always be difficult to attract appropriate and substantial external investment to create jobs and eradicate poverty”.

But the government of Cameroon, in spite of undertakings signed with international organisations like the Commonwealth and others, on the score of pro-democracy and transparency, is reluctant to create an independent electoral commission as demanded by the people ahead of next year’s local elections.

Born in 1933, Biya has been in power since November 1982, following the resignation of his predecessor, Ahmadou Ahidjo.Since 1992, during the first multiparty elections, when Biya is generally believed to have lost to SDF Chairman John Fru Ndi, elections have been hugely frauded.

While other consider him the guarantor of stability in a restive nation, some describe one of Africa’s worst dictators to others.

“19. Paul Biya--Cameroon
Every few years, Biya stages an election to justify his continuing reign, but these elections have no credibility. In fact, Biya is credited with a creative innovation in the world of phony elections. In 2004, annoyed by the criticisms of international vote-monitoring groups, he paid for his own set of international observers, six ex-U.S. congressmen, who certified his election as free and fair.”

At 79, Biya joins the select club of heads of state who have ruled for at least three decades, just behind Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang, Angola’s Jose Eduardo Dos Santos and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. Biya was re-elected with close to 80 percent of the vote last year and could theoretically stand again in 2018 since parliament scrapped term limits in 2008.

“Paul Biya, our president, the father of the nation,” goes a song that extols the West African state’s “evergreen” ruler and has been played in the run-up to Tuesday’s anniversary.

Biya is only the second president of the country, since independence from France in 1960 after Ahmadou Ahidjo. In a country with huge ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity which counts no fewer than 10 active rebellions, Biya is seen by some as a unifying figure.

The opposition sees nothing in Biya but a ruthless dictator sitting and top one of the continent’s most corrupt regimes and leaving most of the population of the 20 million population to wallow in poverty. “We are one of a handful of countries in the entire world to have had the same dictator for 30 years,” said Joshua Osih, vice president of the Social Democratic Front, Cameroon’s main opposition party. “For 30 years, we have been hoping for a better Biya and a better Cameroon but for 30 years now, the country has been sinking,” he told AFP. 

Biya formed the Cameroonian People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) in 1985 and today its cronies hold a monopoly of key posts. Biya is a “master in the art of maintaining the status quo,” wrote French journalist Fanny Pigeaud in her book “The Cameroon of Paul Biya.”

But the ruling party denies accusations of despotism against Biya and argues that the president has protected basic freedoms and allowed political pluralism to flourish. “The country is still under construction and Biya will go down in history as the president of freedom of expression and multi-partyism,” CPDM official Emmanuel Nkom said.

He argued that Cameroon’s stagnant economic performance was caused by the global downturn rather than a result of inadequate government policies or graft. A year before Biya rose to the top job, Cameroon’s growth rate stood at a exhilarating  rate of 13 percent while the economy expanded by only 3.8 percent last year.

A third of Cameroonians still have no access to drinking water and electricity. Some economists say the jobless rate is around 30 percent. “The country has been unable to harness the potential that is well recognised,” Cameroonian analyst Mathias Nguini Owona said.

The Transparency International corruption watchdog twice ranked Cameroon as the world’s most corrupt country.

Jean de Dieu Momo, a lawyer and opposition candidate in the 2011 presidential election, argued that Biya had kept none of the democratic promises made 30 years ago. “His long reign has been marked by egregious and recurring human rights violations,” he said.

The opposition politician cited alleged extra-judicial executions in the wake of a failed 1984 coup and a wave of murders and arrests following “food riots” in 2008. Repression of the riots, which broke in protest at rising prices as well as Biya’s moves to cling to power, left 40 people dead, according to an official tally. Rights group put the toll at 139 after some of the worst violence witnessed under Biya’s rule.

Biya, a Christian who studied in France, has also been criticized as an absentee ruler, who is rarely seen in public and discloses little about his political agenda., Paul Biya has been nicknamed “the Sphinx” who keeps a low profile and spends much of his time abroad, notably in Switzerland where two of his sons attend school.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bike Riders Terrorize Bamenda

NanFang, Na? Bang!

Bamenda - Cameroon - Bamenda town has become a jungle for commercial bike riders. This class of uncultured and bad mannered transporters is not different from wild beasts. Apart from the fact that most of them are a high way nuisance, with limited knowledge of the Highway Code, some of them have constituted themselves into gangsters harassing people in broad day light.

Of recent, a journalist was stripped of his phone, digital camera and other important belongings at Ntambessi junction at about 9.00 p.m. As he was busy answering a call one of these men of the underworld a bike rider walked up to him and asked whether that was the time he answers his calls. Before he realized himself the two boys had fallen on him, seized his phone, hand bag with a digital camera and some vital documents and vamoosed by bike.

Gruesome about the riders is the fact that they operate with impunity, block the high way and in some cases burn any car that crushes any reckless rider. They give no chance to justice to take its course. Whenever one of them collides with any vehicle, the first action is to block the road from other vehicles, beat up the driver mercilessly, in a case where rider hits some body, other riders assist  him to escape. Beside that,if  he is forced to take the victim to the hospital, most often they abandon the injured person in the hospital and disappear. In a nutshell they have a high degree of cooperation especially in the wrong direction.

These "Boko Harams" have vowed to burn to ashes any vehicle that crushes any of theirs, even if the rider was in the wrong. About two cars have been burnt down by these hoodlums who have no respect for other road users. Most road users now dread them as they seem to be above northwest administration. The governor is his official tour of the region promised to bring order into the sector but till  date, nothing has been done. The government delegate has during most city council  sessions promised to regulate the sector but till date no concrete decision has been taken against them.

The number of people with broken limbs and physical deformities has increased in Bamenda town due to the multiplicity of motor bike accidents . The number that have been killed is equally uncountable. Bike accidents occurs on a daily bases in town. The Food market, Ghana Street entrance, Mile Two Nkwen, Mobil Nkwen, Amour Mezam, Foncha Junction is congested. They usually  occupy most of the road where they call their parks causing traffic congestion. Northwest administration is allegedly afraid of the riders given that "it is a sensitive sector" a source hinted Vanguard.  They are said to have stormed Bamenda City Council, trashed the city council security and carried away all the bikes seized and packed for owners to regulate their situation. Till date, no serious action has been taken against them. Reasons why many have concluded that both the administration, the council and the city council are afraid of the bike riders. In this regard, the population will become prey in the jaws of bike riders.

The rhetorical questions is whether the administration dread the bike riders or are they above the law?  Bamenda has become such jungle that car owners amongst other can not enjoy the high way because of bike riders who overtake on wrong side abrogate high way norms with impunity.

Bamenda Gov't Delegate challenged to Ban Motor Bikes

The Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council has been challenged to take immediate action to bring motor bike riders to order. The call was made recently by the SDO for Mezam who advocated a rigid control and limitation of their movement in town.

The SDO for Mezam indicted the Government Delegate for being slow in the implementation of the Prime Ministerial decision that calls regulation of commercial motor bikes in the main towns of Cameroon. The Government Delegate resolved that an extra ordinary session was going to be held to seek a lasting solution to the issue. The SDO expressed these worries during a midterm evaluation meeting of the council held under the auspices of the administration on Tuesday September 18 at the city council conference hall.

On the issue of alleged embezzlement of city council funds of 213 millions, some grand councillors expressed wish that  the two treasurers responsible for the deficit should be arrested but the Government Delegate opined that the regional treasury should be invited to carry out another audit to be sure that money is missing. Councillors argued that the deficit was established after an audit. In this regard, it was waste of time inviting the state auditors who did their work. The two treasurers accused of financial rackets are Mr.Elak and Mr Onana.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Another Attempt to devalue Anglophone Education

Cameroon - A document titled “Timetable Model Form 1” is surreptitiously circulating already in town. It is unsigned and purportedly comes from the Inspectorate of General Education in the Ministry of Secondary Education. It is suggesting a 7-period Timetable of 55 minutes each for Form One as from this 2012/2013 Academic year despite the fact that schools re-opened some three weeks ago! 

The most alarming part of it is the great reduction in the number of subjects to be done in Form One as well as the introduction of some new subjects. The timetable spans from 7.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. with two break periods: one from 10.15 to 10.30 a.m. (15 minutes) and the other from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. (1 hour). 

Physical Education comes up twice (2 times a week! i.e. close to two hours a week). While the traditional science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics are completely absent from this timetable, new subjects, probably relevant only in Cameroon have been introduced like: National Cultures, Science, Ancient languages, National Languages and Art.

This has been viewed as another attempt to devalue the Anglophone system of as Rene Ze Nguele tried and failed in 1984. It is seen by pundits as a calculated attempt to reduce Anglophone certificates (GCE) recognised worldwide to be recognised only in Cameroon.

The rank and file secondary education stake-holders in Cameroon - those who make and mar results in the schools - woke up Monday 17/09/2012, three weeks into re-opening, to a new dispensation. Beginning this academic year and from Form One, the authorities had ruled, a new teaching-learning programme will progressively go operational. The programme, it is said will gradually transform our educational system from its colonial objective driven, cognitive focused ramifications to a vogue broad-based skills or competency oriented system, tailored to address urgent socio-economic realities. Such a change, which should be hailed, has rather met with outright rejection and simmering passion for a number of reasons which will be mentioned below.

Agreed, any institution that does not seek to stride forward in the light of positive change stagnates and gradually gets asphyxiated. Section 5 of the 1998 Law laying down guidelines for education in Cameroon spells out nine different articles of national policy which stipulate the training of versatile citizens in cognitive, affective and psycho-motor domains. The nine articles highlight domains including national and international cultures, universal ethical values, family life, national languages, democratic culture, practice and other concerns, the cultivation of an ethos of work, creativity and related aspects, sports-cum-physical education and artistico-cultural concerns and hygiene and health education.

Furthermore, in Section 25, the Law asserts: The Education provided in school shall take into account scientific and technological advancements and shall be tailored in terms of content and method to national and international economic, scientific, technological, social and cultural trends. Consequently therefore, any reforms geared at overhauling an effete, anachronistic system can only be too welcome. However, today's rumbles of incipient dissent about the proposal derive from the covert, nay, surreptitious manner of its elaboration and application.

Erstwhile Secretary General Professor Ivo Leke Tambo recently hinted at this eventuality in a key-note address at a GCE Board Seminar in Saker Baptist College in Limbe 04 - 06 April 2011. But that was just a few months back. And while he appealed that reforms should be made "comprehensively, concretely, collaboratively and continuously", his main exhortation was that the GCE Board should rise above the shackles of a mere examination-obsessed institution to become involved in all processes in the gamut from the conception of educational policy, through curriculum development and teaching and learning to evaluation. I don't think that the state which defines policy, together with its examination officials and the coterie of participants at these seminars have had time enough to ruminate on the lofty proposals, not to talk about designing any syllabuses for study yet! So this imposition from top to bottom, which fails woefully to take into consideration the broad-based "collaborative" aspect of the proposal above smacks of uncalled hurry that will only end up wrecking rather than presenting a supposed well-meaning proposal in good light. That the Ministry sends out an alternative programme two months after it signed and made public booklists for the operational one, which books were already acquired by booksellers and parents is a clear sign that it does not also bother about the enormous costs that parents are subjected to by such unexplained and unexpected changes.

Education authorities say they want to get the francophone system to harmonize with the Anglophone five and two year respective courses for secondary and high school with this re-working of the syllabus. Subjects like Physics, Biology and Chemistry are suppressed for a generic discipline called "Science", whose syllabus we hear is more than 80% Biology. Maths, like in the Francophone system, is given full prominence, and Literature, which many have continued to erroneously see as "reading stories" despite its mind-sharpening and productive potentials, phases out, to be treated like a tool in the acquisition of Language - so English rises to an incidence of six periods per week. Other new disciplines include Ancient (dead) Languages, National Cultures, National Languages and Citizenship Education.

The new programme also envisages a mainstreaming of prospective secondary and technical learners for two years of observation, after which they will be orientated towards their appropriate lines of study. This sounds like a misapplication of a 1995 Forum of Education proposal calling for an integrated or harmonized programme that should take into consideration both general and technical subjects. The timetable model (was it meant to be a sample proposal?) which has been sent out ignores all proposed starting disciplines for technical education - basic technology, reinforced mathematics, health and environmental sciences, to name but a few. It is said that some earlier pussy-footing around the same issue had taken place in a Mbalmayo seminar, organized for another esoteric group of persons, the outcome of which was very stormy. When such unplanned and unexpected impositions fail, the unfortunate student guinea pigs in the experiment end up becoming national casualties, in the formless governance system that continues to inform and countenance our country - clear evidence therefore that there is everything wrong with the way many national issues are handled.

The Growth and Employment Strategy Paper (GESP) published by Cameroon's Ministry of Economy Planning and Regional Development, that long-term vision that stemmed from a participatory process in the words of those who drafted it, elaborates strategies domain by domain that will by 2035 enable Cameroon to become "an emerging and democratic country, united in its diversity". It emphasizes inter alia,

- an educational system that places all its products at a level coherent with the vision of an emergent nation;
- a secondary  education (technical and vocational included) that dynamically balances its secondary and technical facets … with a bias for priority professional, industrialization-oriented disciplines;
-diversified training methods and programmes that match training with job profiles.

It goes without saying therefore that the business of education should rise above the focus on traditional disciplines to components that are adaptable to socio-economic, cultural and political realities - concerns such as "entrepreneurial education, art and culture, inclusive education, information and communication technology, family life (health) and HIV education" so that assessment or evaluation can rise to embrace new issues like "projects, practical work in school related to livelihoods, and concrete realizations in the areas of art and cultural productions", in the words of Professor Tambo. However we note that the GESP master-plan was arrived at after well-thought out, broad-based participatory effort, which follows that a road map for education should come into being in like manner. And we believe that after a consensual conception and elaboration of the programme, a number of pilot schools should be selected all over for a trial testing of the proposal before it can go operational nationwide. My worry is that a top-bottom approach - contrary to the spirit of the 1995 Education Forum proposal that all syllabus reforms must be carried out in consultation with all stakeholders - has been used where the bottom-top would have yielded wonderful results.

The transaction of this business of harmonization has over the years given a consistent smell of bad faith. When the Anglophone Primary Education stretch was reduced from eight then to seven and finally to six years, it was on the understanding that the Francophone Secondary stretch would step up from four to five years, with the scrapping of the Probatoire, the same Probatoire that is being dangled today as bait again!. Ever since, this promotion examination has continued to be considered as a certificate examination, with employment opportunities, a bias against the Anglophones. This accounts for the national mismatching of certificates in which the BEPC is officially equated to four while the Probatoire is equated to five O/L subjects. And the prejudice has been stretched to the university level, with Anglophone aspirants required to have at least five O/L and at least two A/L disciplines, while their Francophone counterparts come in only with the Bacc. And when one considers that many of these face-value Baccs are nothing but marginal, even far below average passes that have been "unethically moderated" to suit "moyen national" obligations, then the Anglophone cannot but feel discriminated against.

The switch being effected, from an objective-driven to a competency-based educational system is too important to be trifled with like they ardoing now. It has worked miracles in countless countries - to name just Ghana and Nigeria contiguous to Cameroon. These two countries have well/fully outlined programmes (not partial postulations) from pre-primary, through primary, junior and senior secondary and vocational tertiary setups with core disciplines as well as nonpre-vocational, pre-vocational and vocational electives as well as with trades of all kinds. The teacher in the competency-based system trains life skills - runs a system that is very practical and real, that churns out producer, not consumer graduates.

However, for such a change to come to a system that has all along been propped by our type of colonial dispensation, much groundwork must have been done over a long period of time, which hasn't. And it must be implemented progressively, with a chosen batch of primary school learners, who will later on move to secondary and then to university before the transition would be said to have been complete and smooth. But in the case of what is happening in Cameroon, while the primary school system has not taken any visible steps to define a similar programme for its learners, the change is being foisted/imposed on the secondary schools. We think that if the whole Anglophone community were to stand up now to defend their subsystem of education, which has after all been the better of two in the conditions in which we find ourselves, then they won't be those to blame.

When the well-meaning minority elected to join those they considered as their majority brothers on the other side of the linguistic divide, little did they bargain with the fact that more than forty years of separation had immersed both parties in systems at variance. Each group was convinced that its own systems radiated enviable effulgence and so especially members of the minority adopted a no-nonsense attitude towards national subterfuge that over the years re-defined policies to their detriment. Gradually, after many botched attempts at assimilation, the majority party started a massive invasion of the minority system by sending their children to study in it - proof at least of the fact that there was/is after all something universally accepted as worthy in it.

In such a setup, where mutual suspicion reigns supreme, any meaningful change can only come after prolonged intra-group, followed by inter-group discussions (the classroom teachers, the parents and the civil society must work together in conceiving and elaborating consensual change that will impact on especially the primary and secondary levels), before a harmonized (not a francophonized) syllabus can be defined. Any programme that is imposed from above, in these days of dialogue and consultation, reeks of individualism and high-handed attempts to personify change that would otherwise have been communal and so well-meaning and the Anglophones will not hesitate to fight for their colonial heritage that still enjoys some prestige.

*Tameh Valentine Nfon, is the National  Secretary General of the Teachers Association of Cameroon -TAC, cummulatively with his functions as Regional Pedagogic Inspector for English Language)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rift Fon Angwafor’s and Bamenda Gov. widens

Cameroon - Bamenda - The misunderstanding between the Fon of Mankon, HRH Angwafor III of Mankon village is fast degenerating to a tribal conflict between Bambendakwe and Mankon given that the Mayor of Bamenda II Council, Balick Fidelis Awa, is indirectly urging the councillors to join in the fight against the Government Delegate.

Although the mayor has over the years been tussling with the Government Delegate, given that his lordship over the SDF-run council is considered an usurpation of administrative power by SDF, Balick’s direct intervention in the rancour between the Government Delegate and the Fon of Mankon over names and demarcation of traditional boundaries has enshrined another twist threatening the peace of the town.

Mayor Balick instead of concentrating on council issues during a midterm evaluation session held Monday September 10 at the council hall diverted to the tussle between the Fon and the Government Delegate.

Reinforcing the Fon’s ire over the transformation of names of some quarters and boundaries in Mankon, he read a number of presidential decrees giving credence to the name Mankon.

Some Councillors however frowned at his involvement in the matter for fear that it could degenerate into serious land clashes “a thing I can not encourage”. The councillor who spoke to Vanguard on conditions of anonymity warned that Balick should   not use the Fon to whip the Government Delegate.

Quizzed on the rigmarole on boundaries and application of names of villages as requested by the Fon of Mankon, he lambasted that the Fon’s argument is baseless and the documents presented by Mayor Balick  out of place. “He merely addressed a wrong audience and I cannot be a party to it although I am neither from any of the villages. The town has grown and a number of things have had to evolve,” he argued.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Achidi Achu sponsored to frustrate the Southern Cameroons Struggle

Cameroon - Bamenda - Sources from Bamenda claim former Prime Minister Simon Achidi Achu has been accused of being sponsored by the powers that be to frustrate the Southern Cameroons struggle for independence led by the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC). He is aided in his nefarius mission by a certain Nebafuh Emmanuel, who claims to be the Programs Director of "Cameroon Council for Unification", a questionable group based in London.

A renowned and shrewd politician the Rt Hon Achidi Achu has been nicknamed “The Old Fox” Anyone who has seen the role played by the fox in folk tales will be able to interpret why he is called the “Old Fox”. The recent memo by the NW Fons dissociating themselves from the SCNC, which has only gone to tarnish an already battered image of the hitherto respected Fons, is purportedly his handiwork. They motivated , with crumbs of bread purportedly from the system.This move has only further reduced the Fons to puppets and paupers or “Royal beggars”.

How the mafia was manifested in Bamenda

It all started with a meeting held under the auspices of the Northwest Fons convened by Emmanuel Nebafuh all the way from London in conjunction with the “Old Fox”. The language spoken during the meeting was that of the regime that has been fighting day and night to stifle the Anglophone separatist movement. They crusade for a one and indivisible Cameroon arguing that SCNC and other pressure groups championing the Anglophones course are deceiving people given that the Queen of England and the United Nations are not in support of the secession.

Pundits have questioned whether they are trying render the Banjul Court Ruling and Koffi Anan's frequent diplomatic missions to Cameroon and Africa for this purpose null and void ? This was rather misguided and mischievous pundits have condemned the movement arguing that they have been paid to deceive Anglophone Cameroonians with false declarations machinated to authenticate their double standards movement.

Their actions have prompted speculations among pundits that they must be sponsored from somewhere by somebody. However many observers predict that their actions will fail dismally as the people had turned their backs on the Fons long ago. The Fons therefore no more have any mandate to speak on behalf of the people in a democratic era where everybody has the right to his or her decision.

Such politicians have failed to learn from the past where even after spending huge amounts of money on these Fons to help influence election results, the Fons still found themselves helpless and the ruling CPDM given poor results. One North West Statesman is purportedly reported to have threatened to convict some Fons for failing to convince their subjects to vote for Paul Biya in 2011 after having collected money for that purpose.

According their diatribe, there has never been any official statement from the Diplomatic Missions giving blessing to the Anglophones struggle. Such declarations by the young man Emmanuel Nebafuh's only portray limited knowledge of the history of the Cameroons. There was much in his language to support the fact that they are being sponsored from somehwre. Alternatively this young man may be eyeing a ministerial position given the impending Cabinet reshuffle. It is however not strange given that 1st October is around the Conner and Anglophones shall, as usual, commemorate the day.

Die-hard Southern Cameroons' independence proponents have challenged the forces that be to organize a plebiscite or referendum and see what the results will look like instead of spending the taxpayers money to sponsor individuals or groups to be fighting against the people's will which is God's will. The Fons'/Chiefs' declarations have been looked upon as nothing short of treachery.

However some of the Fons expressed surprise. One of the Fons that spoke to the Vanguard, on condition of to be kept anonymous, said: “Achidi Achu and Emmanuel came to give us food. The Fon cannot deny drinks brought to the palace but I was surprised to hear them talking ill about the problems of Anglophones.” The Fon doubted the genuineness of Achidi Achu and co. he questioned how they should be making dangerous statements against the future of a people neglected and marginalized by the system.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tubah Mayor blamed for Bambili water crisis

Cameroon - Bambili - Tubah Council Mayor, Sofa Stanislaus has been blamed for the Bambili water crises. Apart from being docile about the crisis, he is alleged to have fed fat on the contractor, Premier Enterprise. It is guessed that this is the reason why no major action has been taken by the council to cause the contractor complete the project, Bambili elite are claiming.

A technical report forwarded to the administration by Bambili Water Authorities indicates that the 115 millions project funded by FEICOM was poorly executed. The report was signed by Rev. Pastor Ben Sinclair, Pastor Sam of Sabga, Awoungu Rene accountant and the Water Committee Chairman Mr Bekeny Francis.

After a visit to the site by the four committee members on March 23, 2011, it was discovered that the Ndoucha water catchment was poorly constructed, most of the water flowed out as overflow because the outlet pipe was only 40 mm  instead of 63 mm and the bend too close to the catchment tank. Apart from that it was discovered that pipe line was very shallow and prone to destruction. Banshie water catchment was also poorly constructed reasons why water could not flow. The pipes, according to the report, were not well buried in the soil.

The committee also discovered that the survey was poorly done. Too many steep hills, the stop cock for breathing of the pipe blocked on both ends making it difficult to turn on and off. Reasons why  the taps cannot flow.

The same complaint surfaced in a meeting held by the Water committee on Thursday   May 5, 2011 yet the mayor was mute about the hue. Apart from the fact that water is entering the tank, due numerous leakages and bad connection, it was observed that the whole system was plagued by the numerous undulations orchestrated by bad survey. It was resolved during the meeting g that the contractor should be called upon to carry out some repairs along the network. These entailed blocking all the leakages, bury the exposed pipes and provide good locks for valve chambers to limit their access. The mayor of Tubah was a signatory of the meeting.

Why Tubah Mayor is suspected to have been bribed

Integrated Engineering Associates (IEA) carried out a survey on the project on Decemer 14, 2010. Their report indicates that a number things were not well done. The contractor did not provide a  stopcork for the two soak away  pits. Three of the stand taps were not flowing. The contractor was urged to  backfill two springs catchments and extend the overflow pipe to avoid erosion. He was also requested to introduce aeration pipes for the supply line of the two catchments; Provide the aeration pipe for   the break pressure tank NO1 and extend the supply inlet; replace all the GI pipes on the 03 stream crossing etc.

Signatories of the meeting were: Project engineer, Che Micheal, project manager Mundama Benette, all of Premier Engineering Enterprise. The aim of the meeting after the field visit was to assess the level of work done on some reservation of the 14 December 2010. In spite all the complaints raised by the population via the water Authority, Tubah mayor still went ahead and received the project in his Tubah office.

Bambili Water Authority chair man petition the provisional and final reception but was ignored by the mayor who in one of his replies told the chair man that “the contract was entered between Tubah Council /FEICOM and Premier Enterprise and hence the cross fire between Bambili Water Authority  and Premier Enterprise should not arise. In this regard, the population of Bambili and their Water authority are supposed to be quiet in spite of their being the beneficiary whose voice counts, as per participatory development  approach norms. 

Bekeny Francis Chair man of Bambili water authority told Vanguard that he will stop at nothing to ensure that the project is completed. He said the authority decided to take a loan of CFA 15 millions from the Credit Union to work on the water line to enable the village have enough water to supply the increasing student population. Although about 90% of the stand taps were flowing due their efforts, the entire Bambili shall witness severe water crisis with the approach of the dry season if the FEICOM funded project is not revisited. 

It should be note that the water the town enjoys today is not from the Premier Enterprise but the old Bambili Water source. The contractor Fongoh Martin is currently at the police with the management of Premier Enterprise for unauthorized used of his water tank.

The Chairman said all his efforts to cause Tubah council assist in the payment of the CFA 15 million loan have been futile. The mayor is quoted to have questioned whether he authorized them to go for a loan to improve on the situation of the water.

He complained that the final reception of the project was done in his absence.”the project was received without the awareness of the beneficiary .We were only told of the provisional and final reception. I raised the issue during the council session but the Mezam SDO did not take it serious. He expressed fears that about 65 % of the taps shall not flow in the dry season. He promised to “follow up the matter even in court until all the taps flow”.

Contacted by phone to comment on the issue Hon Yoyo Emmanuel erstwhile SDF MP for Ndop said the project was completed and received without qualms and he could  not understand why the rigmarole. He asked the complainants to take the matter to any highest authority of their choice.
For his part, the mayor in like manner told the Vanguard by phone that these were all political machinations to discredit his administration.

To be continued in the next edition.

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Fon Doh Disappears: Balikumbat and SDF militants jubilate:

-Ngoketunjia fons Union regain steam
-His Political adversaries blamed for witch hunting
-SDF to take over Balikumbat in 2013 municipal and parliamentary election
-How fon Doh died

Cameroon - By Ngong Felix in Ndop - The “disappearance” (death) of Fon Doh Gah Gwayin the III of Balikumbat village has been received with mixed feelings in the Ngoketunjia, Northwest region. While others are jubilating that the man mountain, the tyrant, the murderer is dead is dead, others are lamenting that a hero is gone.

His death has been blamed on his political rivals of the CPDM party. Prior to his dead some CPDM political elite of Balikumbat reportedly wrote to the party hierarchy and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization complaining about the dangers of Fon Doh going back to parliament.

These letters however leaked and the Fon reportedly got copies with names of the authors. The Mayor of Balikumbat, the parliamentarian and the SDF district chair were some of Fon Doh’s staunch political rivals, reasons why they should apparently be happy that he is no more.

SDF district chair for Balikumbat Dr. Leciga Pius in a chat with the Vanguard by telephone lamented the death of Fon Doh saying: “I would have wish he stays alive to face me in another political battle this year. I was going to crush him come what may.” Although a political adversary, Dr Leciga still love and respected him as his Fon.reason’s why “I am not pleased with the news.” He said.

While the family of late John Kogntem and some Balikumbat political elite who saw fon Doh as an obstacle are jubilating political pundits have opined that the death of Fon Doh marks the end of CPDM in Balikumbat special constituency.

Revamping of Ngoketunjia Fons Union

The death of Fon Doh coincided with a crucial meeting of the fons of the division convened by the Chief of cabinet at the PM’s office Dr. Ghogumo Paul to unite and urged the Fons to burry the hatchet for the seek of the development of the Division. The meeting held at the conference hall of the SDO of Ngoketunjia on Saturday 1st September 2012.

Predicaments of fons and reasons for the non functioning of the Fons union of the division were blamed on Fon Doh and others.Fon Doh’s absence at the meeting seemed to have been a blessing, given that the Fons resolved to revamp the union and held a another meeting shortly after that held with the Chief of cabinet to fine tune strategies on how to reestablish their lost glory and activities.

How Doh died

Fon Doh is said to have died on Saturday September 1st.According to a source he died at the time he was rushing to take a shower at his Bamenda palace to take off for the meeting with the Fons of his division. His guard who waited on him for too long decided to go up to his room just to discover him dead. In spite claims by his detractors that he was a tyrant those very close to him hinted that he was a very good man and a father.

MPs’ Attempt to hijack Govt/World Bank Project Backfire

Hon.Esther Ngala and Questor Hon Awudu Mbaya Cyprian to take credit for a government/Wolrd Bank Project in their constituency has backfired, puttting their next mandate on the line. The members of the Coordinating Committee for the Village Electrification together with their Fon did not mince words in castigating these two in a reply to their continguous letter.

Since the advent of multi party politics and call for proof of stewardship to the electorate, unproductive parliamentarians hijacked Public Investment projects to give the impression that they are the brain behind the projects.

A case of such hijacked projects is the Mbipgo Rural Electrification Project funded by the World Bank as part of the government development programme in Ndu Sub Division in Donga Mantung Division.

In this case the MPs addressed a letter No 000353,ANQA-2012 bearing on Rural Electrification of Mbipgo village to the Fon of Mbipgo. In it they claim responsibility for the World Bank funded government electrification project in the area. The Fon, Shokot James Nsangu, Koshi Zebulon Musha Mbipgo village council president and Johnson Dewi Tanto responded: 

“We write to acknowledge receipt of your letter  No 000353,ANQA-2012 bearing on Rural Electrification of Mbipgo village. We there fore declare here that we know of neither. We wish to draw your attention to the fact that this project was conceived by some elite way back 2010. From then, repeated feasibility studies were made and sponsored exclusively from tax contributions from the poor villagers and some known devoted elite."

"We are therefore very embarrassed that this project that we earmarked on and know all the details, being at the village verge of maturity for execution, an ‘unconnected’ party simply writes to inform us that “the request WE made to the World bank in connection with rural electrification in your village has yielded fruit.”

Questioning the authenticity of her claims they lambasted that: “Ss it not suicidal than that of washing a blind man with cold water without his knowledge? We are sorry to state that your letter is misguiding and intend to derail our devoted people to give credit and allegiance to opportunists rather than the real donor. We strongly detest those who intend to hijack the project for hidden motives or political propaganda. This letter of information and advice is how ever misleading and in a way creation false allusion that either you as Member of Parliament requested for the electrification of our village without our knowledge or we jointly requested for the project.”

The letter, addressed to the Fon of Mbipgo Village, copied Donga Mantung SDO, D O and Mayor of Ndu, Divisional Delegate MINFE, Churches of concern, Village, development Associations, all Njiange groups and the press was from the office of the of the QUESTOR, signed by Hon Awudu Mbaya and Esther Ngala . An excerpt of it reads: “We are happy to inform you that the request we made to the World Bank in connection with the rural electrification in your village has yielded fruits. We therefore call on you people to take good care of the materials that would be deposited in your village for this project, since it all belong to us. It will also be absolutely necessary to for you people to collaborate ‘maximumly’ with who ever will win the contract so that the project will be well execute to our benefit.

The Vanguard contacted some AES SONEL authorities to source the role played by Hon. Esther but was told with proofs that she did not play any role. The authority explained that the electrification project in North West other regions of Cameroon were conceived by Cameroon government and funded by World Bank. They dismissed claims by Hon Esther to have contributed to the realization of the project. 

Critics are asking for the letter she claims was jointly written by MPs and the Fon of Mbipgo to the world Bank for sponsorship of the project. Beside many are questioning why she did not take it to her village, Njepnkang of Taku Village, her matrimonial home to cement her political base given that charity begins from home. Instead of being mute about ‘our reaction to her attempt to hijack the project’, she irrationally misled one national weekly to publish subversive articles about our fon.

We wait to see how she will come to our village during political campaign to tell lies to the people as most of them take credit of government Public Investment Projects for their political achievements to deceive the people in various villages. It is shameful for politicians to claim credit for projects conceived and executed by government,” one Ndzi Emmanuel Shey reacted.

The electorate is making fun of the unsucccessful attempt by these Hon Gentlemen and women to manipulate poor villagers. Ndzi Emmanuel regretted the fact that Hon Esther Ngala of his Ndu Constituency has no challenger in the upcoming legislative election. “We shall vote the CPDM or any other political party if she remains the lone candidate for SDF as they funnily call her." 

Her woes are many and we are disappointed. Where is her driver Emmanuel Ndi? What happened that he died? She is a wicked woman. She frustrated the man and he died, un productive. “You can fool people some times but can’t fool all the people all the time,” Bob Marley argues.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Ngoketunjia Fons Brainstorm On Development of Division

Cameroon - The Chief of cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Office, Ghoghomu Paul Mingo has deplored inter tribal conflicts and non respect of the law by sons and daughters of the division. This was during a meeting with the fons of Ngoketunjia.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss with the Fon on the socio economic development of the division. The PM ‘s Chief of Cabinet said it is based on the social cohesion within fons elite and the traditional rulers of the area. Question whether they ponder about the future and what the division ought to be in the next couple of years hear him "Are you your brother keeper?" What are you thinking about the future of the area? “This he said has been his worry over the years. Crime wave he noted has skyrocketed. Do not allow your villages to be hight out for auxiliaries of the administration. It is disheartening to hear a divisional officer was beaten in a village.

He called on fons to reinforce the Ngoketunjia fons to bring order to the division. He urged them to work hand in glove with the administration and those coming for the biometric registration. Called for a regular meeting of the fons union, given that the more you meet the more you can solve your problems streamline and chat development programme of the village. He promised to sponsor some of the meeting which he thinks can best discussed in such forum.

On the socio–economic development of the division, recounting the input and strife for revamping of the division.

Ghoghomu called on them to be more tactful in the way they go about the quest for development assistance for the Division. “let us be more tactful and push forward.” He cited the “agropole” project conceived by the state to assist village development project. By 2013, a World Bank project would assist 500 families by giving them some money to enable them meet up with their economic exigencies, send children to school.

Fon Chafah XI of Bangolan for his part said no other person has the prerogative to call them together because Ghugumu is a prince born on the tiger’s skin who knows everything about the palace. Pray the almighty and the ancestors’ of Ngoketunjia continue to protect and bless him for his peace mission.

Fon Chafah said the message he has given is not strange. Installed fon in 1982, he is one of the oldest Fon in the Division. This he said gives him the moral authority to set the ball ruling.

As brain behind creation of NOWEFU, he said the aim of the union was peace and development.Said if the goal of peace and unity was respected, there could not have been any rancor amongst villages and fons .If you love your brother, you wish him well. Ngokentujia has been a shame, big one in the region, center of conflict.Said we have not been going the right way. “I am taking all of you to task “he questioned whether he has ever had land dispute with any of his neighbouring villages like Fonban,Kumbo,Bambalang Babessi  etc.He said most of his rice farms are done in Funban.said he instructed those farmers to pay royalist to the sultan of Fonban every year. Said conflict between farmers should not degenerate to inter village conflict.

He hailed the fon for his conviviality. Saying he does a gentle man owe to his high degree of understanding and ability to settle land dispute amicable without the intervention of the administration.

You use diplomacy to survive. He said there is no love amongst them. He thanked the Chief of carbonate for the initiative that would bring long lasting peace and unity amongst them. He urged the administration to arrest any fon that goes to war. said any village that goes to war with the other receive blessing of the fon. ”led our love not end within our subjects. Chafac said the fate of Ngoketunjia lies in the hands of the Fons of the division. He also blamed the administration for minimizing the fons in case of conflict.

On land, said the land consultative board, he said the fons are member, yet the fons are never invited by the administrators. He said the state was not foolish to have made them members. He insisted that fons as custodians know the villages more than the fon.” If you don respect the administrator, you disrespect the constituted authorities, the head of state notwithstanding. But the respect must be reciprocal he insisted.He Thanked Ghogumo Paul for initiating the meeting that would reconcile them with both the administration, fon and their elite as well.

Fons should stop petitioning elite as they will never replace or take their position in government. We are fighting for nothing and God’s has a plan for each and every one of us. The chief of cabinet said there is no problem without a solution on earth.

Fon of Baba I said they held a similar meeting in 1993 signed a blood pact but is ended in a fiasco. He blamed the disarray on the deceased fon of  Balikumbat and Babessi.While others blamed their plight on some egocentric elite. He urged the fons to be responsible, desist from drinking in public places.

The Fon of Baligashu blamed the destiny of the fon on the differences in their languages. He buttress the point of lack of conviviality,he said some of his colleagues do not know his palace yet “I know all their palces”. The Fon of  Bafanji  blamed their indifference on the fact that some fons think their super fons to others. Some elite feel that their super elite,they go around saying things about the fons and other elite. This he said is wrong .He promised to work in unison with all without restrain.

The SDO Ngoketunjia said he waiting to see what they are going to do. He reminded them that they are the auxiliaries of the administration.The law and only the law should be the base of your action.If you any problem work with your divisional officers. The Chief of cabinet hailed the fons for their degree of understanding and poised to bring order and work in harmony in the Division.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

North West Secondary Education Stakeholders Call For Accelerated Reforms

Cameroon - The Cameroon government may continue to fail in its economic development policy if the system of education is not improved upon to meet the accelerating changes of the global world. Given that Education is the foundation of any modern society, the socio economic demise of Cameroon should be blamed on the education reforms on the nation.

In this light, for Cameroon to become an emerging nation by 2035, officials of the Ministry of Secondary Education and Basic education should go back to the drawing board and come out reforms that would tie with vision. Good educational reforms remain the panacea to Cameroon economic development. It is apparently on this premise that stakeholders of the Ministry of Secondary Education in the Northwest, meeting in a sector conference to fine tune activities of the ministry in the region  ahead of the commencement of the 2012/2013 school year, examined problems  and proposed solution to plight of the sector.

The theme of the 2012-2013  school year was Pedagogy of excellence at the service of professionalism of Education for an emerging Cameroon. In French:  ‘Une P├ędagogie de l’Excellence au service de la Professionalisation des Enseignements pour un Cameroun Emergeant’

Some of the stake holders envisage a doom in the take off given preparatory measures for the effective beginning of 2012-2013 academic were bugged by the suspension of admission and registration processes which started late and  further compounded by the late creation , transformation and opening of schools. Late transfer and appointment of administrative personnel in various educational institutions as well

Other constrains raised in a synoptic appraisal and analyses by the stake holders via a paper presented by the divisional delegate of Secondary Education for Boyo Young Benjamin.

Although much ground has been covered and damage control measures taken to jumpstart the 2012/2013 school year, there is an overriding impression of grassroots partners, stakeholders and actors of education indicating that these constraints and weaknesses do not factor into a gradual and serene preparation by parents and guardians of their children and wards for effective assumption of classes nor does it strengthen the preparation by various school administrations and teachers of an effective take-off of a new and successful school year, it necessary for the ministry to understand that late admission and registration would lead to overcrowding and malpractices for registration in urban schools, as a result of instructions from hierarchy freezing these activities and sending wrong signals to parents. School treasury accounts management procedures beg to be clarified, standardised and harmonized for the smooth functioning and effective management of administrative:pedagogic, financial and co-curricular activities. Late transfers weaken school and class time-tabling and budgeting . 

Late Entrance into Technical High Schools occasioning late beginning of classes in the technical second cycles. Late publication of official bookslists and the unavailability of some books on the official bookslist in the book markets nationwide, inflationary prohibitive cost of books and didactic materials. Late convocation of Regional Sector Conference with attendant late convocation of staff general assemblies and subject councils in schools. 

Some Divisions still have second cycle schools and technical colleges without Bursars and inadequate administrative staff:Acute shortages of teachers especially in the newly created schools and general shortage of language and Mathematics teachers in rural schools :drastic  cuts in credits for the DDSEs that have resulted in their inability to effectively fulfil their mission statement, be present on the field and meet their targets.

On the examinations, the delegate complained that financial resources needed for transport, handling, communication and various gratifications have been while too many registration errors in entries and finances of candidates. He cited the case of practicals for the GCE for which has taken frightening overtones for accommodating Centres authorities while the failure to create more DECC examination centres is a taking a heavy toll on parents finances and students’ serenity, output and performances at official examinations.

Other irregularities of the system he went on had to do with the non-publication of the list of accredited school insurance companies. The functioning of sub-divisional FENASSCO League ‘A’ committees without financial provision and the non subvention as in Basic Education of FENASSCO League ‘A’ Games. 

 Shortage of personnel at DDSEs and lack of credit line for service heads and basic equipment and furniture for personnel do not render the working environment in most DDSEs and schools enabling. Insufficient running credits. The process of integration of newly recruited teachers is still long and give them excuses to be irregular and ineffective. 

The statutory hosting of FENASSCO ‘A’ Finals in Bamenda is strenuous to many divisions and does not factor into infrastructural development and greater awareness of sports potentials in the divisions beyond Mezam as is the pervading  abnormality of fraud and impersonation commonly referred to as use of mercenaries in sports. 

Lack of service vehicles for administrative and pedagogic supervision in the Divisions is a major handicap. Poor or no access to professional development opportunities and in service training: Absenteeism and growing professional delinquency of teachers. 

Lack of basic teaching and learning visual and sensory materials and aids in schools. Poor student orientation. Poor teacher-student relationship. Poor teacher-administration relationship. Poor teacher-class master and parent relationship. Lack of basic textbooks in public schools.

While hailing and encouraging the service heads of the sector to fully implement the Ministerial text the regional delegate of secondary education for northwest disclosed that salaries of some recalcitrant teachers of the region will be suspended in the days ahead.

The divisional delegate for Bui Division, Sir Mbekum Williams promised to implement the ministerial decision to the later while the Principal of GBHS Ndu urged his counterparts to embrace the new reforms introduced for the management of school funds, see how it goes before complaining. Meantime the principal of GBHS Jakiri in same promised total implementation of the new reforms to ensure a smooth take off and end of 2012/2013 academic year.

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Mbengwi Elite Promotes Unity,Development Through Sports

Cameroon - By Nyassah Julius - Mr Sanji Joe, a worker at Cameroon ‘s National Assembly last Saturday August 25 organized a land mark Cross country race dubbed 'Meta solidarity cross country race'.

With the understanding that sport does not only animate the villages but encourages national unity and solidarity amongst youths , his initiative was highly solemnized by both administrators, CPDM party barons and elite who turned out in their numbers at Mbengwei grandstand to witness the cross country race. The exercise estimated at over a million francs saw the heavy presence of traditional lords who  gave their blessings. Some of the notables at the Mbengwi grandstand was Fons of Kai (Momo Fons President) Kubenyang, Funang Njinibi, Ngokwong, Tugi, Njimetu amongst others were at hand.

The race covered a distance of 10 kilometers with 90 athletes drawn from all the villages of Mbengwei. A cross section of elite and athletes who spoke to the vanguard were unanimous that Joe Sanji is discreet a philanthropist who blows no trumpet about his largesse to the people. This apparently explained why he refused to disclosed the cost of the race to the media. He is said to have done so much for his people but would not want it disclosed, saying that “my people are better placed to appraise my activities”. 

The Meta solidarity cross country race was a novelty given that no Meta elite have ever organized a race of that magnitude. While all participants went home with books, cutlasses, cell phones Achoanoh Carl Fonguh, a 21 year old student of GTTC Mbegwei received the grand prize - Nan Fang motorcycle bike estimated at CFA  500.000frs, with the necessary documents and the first girl in the female category Tifang Symplice of Njaa-Etu a 20 years form 5 student of GBHS Mbengwei who grabbed a 31 inches television set. She did the 10km race in 1 hour,17 minutes.

The presence of Charles Aminkeng, the Divisional Officer, DO for Mbengwi Central was a testimony of the love the administration have for Joe.. He was happy with the success of the event given there was no major incident and no rain, proof of the fact that nature was on his favour. Saturday’s event was electrified by cultural display of Nap dance group and individual artists’ students

Other laureates included Ngoh Louis (2nd) and Teghen Elvis ( 3rd)in the male category;while Ngyen Florence and Lydia Kamsa were second and third in the female category

Speaking to the Vanguard shortly after the race,Sanji said the aim of the cross country race was not only to bring Mbengwi youth together or encourage sportsmanship but to assist students materially as they prepare to go back to school.

While urging the beneficiaries to make good use of the prizes, expressed dismay that the prizes were not of standard reasons why he promised to improve on the quality the next edition apparently next year given the enthusiasm exhibited by the youths and elite.

The section president of Momo I CPDM Jacob hailed the initiative “although it wasn’t organized under the auspices of the CPD party. But as a militant of the party, we are setting an example as our party is a rallying party.” He challenged other economically viable elite to emulate from Sanji to step up the participation of Mbengwi in regional and national sporting events in future. He was optimistic that Sanji Joe’s largesse will have an impact on the live of the CPDM party in spite the fact it was organized under the banner of the party.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

381 Illegal Schools To Be Closed In NW

Cameroon - Some 381 schools operating in illegality will in the days ahead close their doors following plans by North West Basic Education Delegate to implement the Ministerial decision to the later. The delegate, Madam Fon Susan disclosed plans to close the illegal schools in at the Bamenda Congress Hall during a two day sector meeting that culminated in the launching 2012/13 academic year Tuesday to Wednesday. She warned parents against such schools and the proprietors as well given that the heavy hand of the law would be meted on defaulters of the Ministerial decision.

She also disclosed during the meeting that the Japanese government is going to assist the Region in the construction of some 18 primaries schools. Expressing gratitude to the Japanese government for the bonanza, madam Fon Suzan recounted that apart from acute shortage of teachers, the number of class rooms harboring over four hundred and twenty five thousands pupils was not enough. Apart from the insufficiency of class rooms there is also acute shortage of teachers. 

She maintained that there are only one thousand five hundred and ninety three teachers (1593) against 425000 pupils giving a ratio of one teacher to 267 pupils (1: 267). This is pedagogically incorrect as it gives the teachers too much work. It is apparently on this premise that she hailed teachers for their assiduity over the years in spite of their poor working condition.

Harping on the schools infrastructure, the delegate lamented that  most primary schools of the region do not have befitting structures. With over 425.000 pupils, there is only 9.040 class rooms. This number encompasses both make shift and temporal and permanent structures,she said.

It is on this note that she considered plans by the Japanese government to assist the region with 18 school structures is a stitch in time. On academics, North West region reportedly scored 84% at the 2012 First School Leaving certificate examination and 77% at the Common Entrance Examination.

The secretary general at the northwest governor’s office Confiance Ebone warned against absenteeism and all forms of unorthodox behavours that could plague the smooth take off of 2012/2013 academic year.

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