Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Crisis Management: Over 20 CDC Workers Abducted From Idenau Camps

CDC is said to suffer from several fronts in recent times; cautioning on encroachment in it's leasehold lands in Limbe and the kidnap of workers at the soden and scipio camps in Idenau.

The incident is said to have happened on the night of May 16th, breaking May 17th 2022. Incidents that continue to jeopardize efforts made by CDC's management to keep the welfare of it's workers in check.

Franklin Ngoni Njie, General Manager of the Cameroon Development Corporation - CDC has signed a release to warn perpetrators who encroach into CDC's leasehold land harbouring Oil Palm nursery in Mile 2, Limbe.

The communique says that those intruding in CDC's Bota Oil Palms nursery, do so on the premise that part of the land has been allocated to them by an administrative authority.

CDC's Management makes it clear that legal procedure will follow anyone who encroaches in leasehold land, as portion of it hasn't been ceeded to any third party.

Civiclens.info in the Southwest region

National Day 2022: MINJEC leads in May-Day Activities Launch

MINJEC NW, SG (Representing NW Governor)

The Regional Delegate of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Odilia Mbanwie Fri says its time for youths to take their place and enjoy opportunities offered them by the state, she acknowledged that this year's National Day Celebrations deserve a grand outing.

"The youths of the Northwest region have been missing this alot, in this period when we are celebrating 50 years of Unity, we need to celebrate. It is a golden age. Youth affairs is in charge of the civilian part of every occasion, every public manifestation and we teach by example", MINJEC NW 

Partial view of attendance

Unlike the past, 20th May celebrations this year 2022 will be celebrated in a period marked by the Corona virus pandemic that has affected about five continents causing huge human and material damage that the globe is still recovering from.

May Day Celebrations this year is  coming after two blank editions in 2000 and 2021. Not forgetting that Cameroon hosted the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Stakeholders, NW Administration at 20th May Activities launch in Bamenda

20th May 2022 will be celebrated under the theme; "Defence and Services Forces at the Service of the people in preserving social peace and National cohesion guarantee for an emerging Cameroon".

A theme that fits with the times in the life of Cameroon that is facing security threats in different regions, including its borders. The efforts by Defence and Security Forces to preserve security in the North West and South West Regions cannot be undermined.

Part II of Day's Activities

Depositions have been taken by administration and stakeholders in their different domains to ensure that this year's celebration takes place hitch-free and records a success in the Northwest region.

Pictures: George Etoh
By Ndefru Melanie


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Marley Day 2022: Minister Mbayu Felix, Old Town Neighborhood Bamenda Stand for Peace

Old Town Neighborhood

At a time when insecurity is at its apex, Old Town neighborhood - Bamenda, has remained steadfast to preaching and praying for the return of Peace. These efforts are made daily with encouragement from Minister Mbayu Felix, a NW Elite. The search for Peace is further emphasized on Marley day celebrations, 11th May 2022.

Minister Mbayu Felix

Old town community mobilizes itself on such days, with special concert see top Reggae artists in the North West perform at Old town. These young artists are encouraged by Minister Mbayu Felix, who has always stood for the return of Peace in the Northwest region, plagued by an ongoing crisis for over 5 years.

Scenario; event ground at old town, 2021

2022 Ambiance at Old town Bamenda

Reggae music, described by it's fans as food for the soul. Some of them say the words speak the future and lift their spirits. The kind of songs that decry societal injustices continue to serve as a unique opportunity to call for peace and prosperity in the North West Region.

In 2021, the Reggae artists led by Zuluman and Rainbow of Alabukam promised a fun-filled commemoration at old town in Bamenda. Sponsored by the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in charge of the Commonwealth, Felix Mbayu, the Minister reminded the inhabitants of Old Town to remain steadfast amidst the ongoing armed conflict.

Old town for these years of the ongoing crisis has not been noted for societal disorder, rather they have defined their boundaries by embracing peace and living together. While there are daily talks for youths to stay off the consumption of hard drugs.

Stage on Marley Day 2021, Old Town Bamenda

The previous editions brought together people from far and near to celebrate the legacy of Bobrley but also celebrate the albums of budding Reggae musicians.

Robert Nesta Marley was born on the 6th February 1945 and died on the 11th May 1981 at age 36 and since his death, several countries have been celebrating his legacy through Reggae music.

Picture credit; The Observer 237

By Ndefru Melanie

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Combatting Gender Based Violence: Bringing Hearts Together takes lessons to Schools

A non-profit making organization based in the Littoral region, Cameroon; Bringing Hearts Together (BHeT) takes a new turn in combatting Gender Based Violence by teaching young people about GBV, as violence in schools become a trending vice in society.

An aspect that continues to take the lives of many and put the morals of others in a pitiable sate, the violence in schools according to BHeT, sprouts from discriminatory gender norms as one of the key factors. 

According to a concept note from BHeT it is important to apply a gender lens to prevent this form of violence, which is a step towards a response approach.

BHeT sets out to combat Gender Based Violence in schools, while raising awareness on the impacts of GBV, prevention and talking with Parents on how to make school environment GBV free.

The project, fighting school related gender based violence was launched in the littoral, Douala at Lycee Nylon Brazzaville. 

"We move to schools to raise awareness on school related Gender based violence, build self confidence of young girls. In a society where girls feel discouraged with stuff that hold them back, need to be encouraged to build themselves while embracing life with all it's challenges".

"The generation of today will be future parents, the high rate of violence especially in our schools doesn't speak well. It affects a child's psychology, economically and financially. A child coming from a home where there is GBV, will affect the child in every aspect. We need to impact the generation with knowledge on GBV, to be ambassadors against this vice. This will also cause Parents who are violent to think twice", CEO BHeT, Regina Liengu.

The objective for BHeT is to educate pupils and students on what GBV is all about, how to avoid GBV and report a GBV case, engage teachers to create a safe and gender responsive learning environment, shifting harmful gender norms through cricular approaches and also establish safe and confidential reporting mechanisms.

BHeT implements this project by making sure their mission suits the schedule, program of the schools they have shortlisted to visit. To succeed in their mission, they prefer to meet pupils and students in their classrooms, using simple language to pass across the message on GBV.

For the Southwest region, Bringing Hearts Together- BHeT is targeting 2 primary schools and 2 secondary schools while in the Littoral, Douala 2 primary schools and 4 secondary schools have been short-listed.

By Ndefru Melanie
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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Crisis Management: CDC Workers Call off Strike Action

CDC's Management has understood reasons for workers at the plantation, expressing fustration over 27 months of unpaid salaries and was doing everything to ensure that workers get what they are due.

While pleading that workers return to work in order for the Corporation to produce sell and generate revenue necessary to solve the present situation, management has also reiterated that the security of workers remain priority to them on the plantations.

Discussions between management and the agrieved workers went a long way to cool down tempers and though the dust is yet to settle, workers of the plantation are satisfied about the way management is handling their problem.

The workers promised CDC's Management to communicate their colleagues to get back to work while calling off the strike action.

CDC's management has also tasked itself to remain open to dialogue with CDC workers of all statuses recognized or not, and expressed the need to continue to follow up payment of accrued wages, with the best solution being for workers to return to the plantations.

A coalition of workers had adressed a letter the CDC's management and to the SW Governor, about a strike action of accrued wages are not paid before May 15th, 2022.

Eventhough the group called 'Coalition of Workers' was not a recognized body, CDC Management showed interest by calling them for a dialogue.

This group of 9 who were not staff elected representatives were called for a meeting. It was later discovered that 6 of them were CDC workers, with about 4 of them answering present at the GM's office of the CDC, in the presence of the Director of Humam resources and the industrial Relations Officer.

By Ndefru Melanie


Friday, May 6, 2022

Cameroon's Youngest Publisher Wins Excellence Award

One of CAMEROON's recognized Publisher and media guru,  Cham    Victor Bama cum Editor-In-Chief  and Publisher of The Municipal Updates daily  newspaper and Bi-Weekly Chronicle Newspaper has  received a distinction Award to  his  exploits in journalism.

The recognition was handed to him during a ceremony to mark the  2022 edition of the World Press  Freedom Day on the campus of the  University of Buea. It is a recognition from the Department  of Journalism and Mass Communication, JMC. 

The Dean of the Faculty of  Social  and Management Sciences, FSMS  of  UB, Prof Emmanuel Yenshu    handed the award to Cham Victor. Speaking at the ceremony,  the  Head  of  Department, HOD,  of  JMC, Prof Kingsley Lyonga  Ngange  noted that the department was  proud  to  have  groomed  Cham whom  he  described  as young, vibrant  and a daring Media  personality.    

Cham was part of the 2016  batch of  students of  JMC  . “There  is  no  gain  saying  that  Cham  Victor  Bama is one of  the daring    Cameroonian journalists who fought his way through hardwork  to the  top”, Prof Ngange  said.

Cham  runs  Municipal  Updates Daily  both  in  french  and  English  and  The  Chronicle Times, all  newspapers  widely  read  around  the  world. Speaking  to  the  press, Cham  Victor  Bama  expressed gratitude  to  the  department  of  JMC  for  singling  him out  and  recognizing  excellence. 

While  launching  The  Chariot  Magazine,  Cham announced  a  couple  of  good  news  for  JMC.  He  said he  shall    subsidized  the  printing  of  the  Chariot Magazine  at  75%  discount and from the JMC 2016  batch, sponsoring three  students yearly  in  JMC will be taken care of.

This  recent  recognition  only  adds  to  several  awards already  won  by  Cham  Victor  Bama  who  is  also described  by  colleagues  as  an  innovative  journalist. His  father  and  mother  were  part  of  the  emotional colourful  ceremony  as  they  watched  their  son  singled out  in  Celebration.

Born on September 7th 1990
Attended St Jerome Catholic Primary school Weh in Menchum Division.

-attended Government Technical High School Wum and obtained the CAP certificate, GCE certifications and the Probatoire and Baccalaureate certificates respectively.

-in 2010 was among best students   in the Baccalaureate exams with a pass in EXCELLENCE.

-2007- elected divisional President of Association of Young Communicators for Menchum

-2009- Elected Pioneer member of the National Youth Council

-2008 became Commonwealth and PAVIS pilot trainee on good governance and leadership

-2010 trained as Community health communicator in Bamenda

-2011 passed the Entrance exams into ENS Bambili where he read Information Management and Communication

-2012-2014: Coordinator of Crtv North West Youth Programs

-2013-Elected Executive member of the Cameroon National Youth Council for Bamenda

-2014-graduated from ENS BAMBILI

-January 2015-posted as Government Teacher to Buea

-APRIL 2015 Founded Municipal Updates

-2017 elected President of the Cameroon National Youth Council for Fungom

-2019: obtained a BSc in Journalism and Mass Communication in UB

-2019: founded The Chronicle Times Newspaper

-2019: founded the Association of Cameroon Journalists for the Promotion of Local Development

-2020:founded the Cameroon Watch News Site

-2021: appointed Country Communication Director of Focus Africa Series Movement


-English Language Newspaper Publishers Association


-He is also a communication consultant with several national and international organizations

-He is Vice President of the “University of Tiko”…

-He has attended several National and international workshops and seminars.

Life after JMC:

Cham Victor Bama upon graduation from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Buea, relaunched the Municipal Updates Newspaper, august 2019.

The newspaper upgraded to a biweekly publication.
In December 2019, he created The Chronicle Times Newspaper, a biweekly. In early 2020, he created the Cameroon Watch online news site.

He was one of the Frontline newspaper influencer at the historic Major National Dialogue in 2019 in Yaounde.

In April 2021, he created the Municipal Updates Magazine.
In October 2021, he launched the Municipal Updates printing press.
He became of the few Cameroonian newspaper owner to own a printing press.

On February 1st, 2022, he Launched the Municipal Updates Daily Newspaper.

Municipal Updates became one of the two English Language Daily Newspapers in Cameroon since independence.

In April 2022, he created the Municipal Updates French version.
He becomes the lone Cameroonian media owner, public and private, to publish two separate versions of a newspaper in English and French.

He is one of the lone private newspaper to cover high profile outings of the State, such as strategic missions from the Presidency of the Republic to other key state structures. 
He is the youngest,31, publisher in the country.

He is the current Vice President and founding member of the Tiko University.
He consults for several national and international bodies.
He is the current Senior Master of Discipline at Government Bilingual High School Mendong, Yaounde (appointed by the Minister of Secondary Education).
He is the current Youth Parliamentarian for Menchum North Constituency.


In the days ahead he will be launching a continental magazine named: AFRIQUE MUNICIPAL.

Cham Victor hopes to wed at God’s appointed time.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Youth Connekt 2022: Annual Work Plan, Budget Adopted

This was the main resolution of the first session of the steering committee of the joint Government-UN program, with MINJEC chairing the conclave initiative dubbed the first annual session to validate the work plan for Youth Connekt 2022.

Holding on April 27th 2022 in Yaoundé, the meeting made it possible for analysis to be carried out, in view of the activities proposed for 2022 and making the document realistic, coherent, relevant and contextualized, capable of meeting the expectations.

The major resolution to retain from the meeting is the adoption of the budget, which stands at $ 1,308,266 US dollars, approximately 798,335,750 FCFA. The main contributors to this budget are notably; MINJEC, UNDP and UNFPA.

It revolves around four major axes; the mechanisms for strengthening self-employment, the decent and sustainable integration of young people into the labor market; the values ​​of citizenship, peace and social cohesion are practiced and shared by young people (youth Connekt for peace & youth Connekt community service); the implementation and functionality of inter- and intra-generational connection mechanisms (Youth Connekt Hangout); and the elimination of discriminatory practices, female leadership as well as means of economic empowerment geared towards young girls.

The resident representative of UNDP welcomes the commitment of the Cameroonian government to set up this program and assures us of the determination of all United Nations agencies to implement Youth Connekt. According to him, "the United Nations system is working to ensure that as many young people as possible have access to training, but also to employment".

MINJEC congratulated the project management unit for the work done. “I can say with certainty that the 2022 Annual Work Plan will meet the expectations of Cameroonian youths wherever they are and whatever their category may be".

"The implementation of activities for the 2022 financial year will undoubtedly increase the visibility and readability of the contribution of the Joint Government-UN Youth Cameroon Program for the complete development of the population of the largest population and the most dynamic of our country", Mounouna Foutsou, MINJEC.

Placed under the co-chairmanship of the Minister of Youth and Civic Education and the Resident Representative of the UNDP, the steering committee is responsible for organizing, coordinating and supervising all the activities of the Programme.

It is responsible for providing strategic guidance in the execution of the Joint Programme; reviewing and approving annual work plans and related budgets, activity reports, evaluation reports and the final report; to support the development of partnerships and the mobilization of resources; to decide on the support to be granted to the various partners; to formulate directives for the attention of the Program Management Unit.

Communication Unit, MINJEC


Sunday, April 24, 2022

Ndian Conference: Elite, Population Liase Efforts for Peace Proceeds

The All Ndian Conference has opened and closed with signs of the come together being on a good footing, both the Elite and local population have taken a decision to rally behind the Head of State, through a Son of the Soil, the PM; Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, to discuss best ways through which Peace can be achieved in Ndian division.

The host, Mayor Samuel Osang of the Mundemba municipality, welcomed all, highlighting the tourism potentials of Ndian such as the Korop National Park, the maritime area of the division, PAMOL and much more.

The Coordinator of the Conference, Chief Fritgerald Nasako stressed on the fact that the conference is far from partisan. Whatever is not right, should be fixed by everyone in Ndian. Everyone has the duty to support the PM who has been holding consultations with the population of the NW/SW to seek a lasting solution to the crisis.

On Friday 22 April 2022, all roads led to Mundemba, seat of the oil rich Ndian division of the South West region of Cameroon, with an agenda dubbed: The All Ndian Conference. The conference from every indication is coming against the backdrop of the ongoing socio-political crisis in the two Englishspeaking regions of Cameroon.

While  the  crisis  is    raising  its ugly  head,  sons  and  daughters  of  the division  have  been  speaking  from  a  distance  whose  impact  has  nothing  to  ride home  as  more  atrocities  are  being  committed  by  the  perpetrators. 

The  bold  and decisive  step  to  rally  all  living  forces  of Ndian  origin  to  converge  on  Mundemba this  time  around,  is  a  laudable  initiative and  the  initiators  must  be  saluted.  The conference  is  expected  to  set  the  course for  a  return  to  peace  and  development  to the  division.  

The  gathering  has galvanized  the  sons  and  daughters  of  all  the clans  of  Ndian  division  to  work  together towards  achieving  these  peace  and development  by  undertaking  a  diagnosis of  the  problems  and  challenges  facing the  division  and  propose  sustainable solutions.  

The  engaged  sons  and  daughters  of  the division, even those  in  the  diaspora who  are  sympathetic  to  the  Anglophone crisis  to see need in ceasing from  funding  and  support  for the  Anglophone  crisis.

Exchanges for a  return  to  peace  as  well  as  chart  ways for  community  development  and  restoration  of  the  economic  growth  of  the  division  through  increased  employment  of youths, was key on the agenda at the All Ndian Conference.  

Once  all  of  these  are  put  in  place and  fully  implemented,      socio-economic activities  would  resume  and  Ndian  division  would  pick  up  the  steam  to  be  great again.

With the come together, an economic boom is sure to return as the crisis that has greatly affected the socio-economic life of the regions, divisions and subdivisions. 
The conference in Ndian, Southwest region of Cameroon, was the first of its kind since the outbreak of the crisis that has left the once bouyant Ndian division into a shadow of itself. 

Ndian division is hosting the agro-industrial giant, Pamol Plantations PLC , that greatly contributes to the economic development of Cameroon. The area equally serves as a gateway into the country with a vast maritime border with Nigeria. 

As host of Pamol Plantations PLC and serving as a gateway into the country, Ndian division  coupled  with  its rich  crude  oil  Wells,  there  has  been  a large  scale  empowerment  of  the  population  in  the  various  economic  activities the  people  engaged  in.   

Pamol Plantations  PLC  employs  close  to  3,000 workers  both  skilled  and  unskilled  and the  remuneration  they  earn  helps  sustained  their  families  in  various  ways.  The company  produces  oil  Palm  and  rubber products  that  also  generate  other  sectors of  the  economy  in  the  country  which fetch  additional  income  both  at  home and  abroad.  

The  bilateral  and  multilateral trade  Cameroon  engages  in  with  other countries  are  equally  facilitated  by  the maritime  boundary  hosted  by  Ndian division  that  motivates  economic  activities  and  make  the  area  boom.  The  rich  oil resources  of  the  division  is  a  source  of revenue  and  employment.  That  is  why the  division  had  been  on  the  boom  before the  crisis  broke  out.  

The  violence accompanied  in the course of the  crisis  has  left  the division  begging  for  life  support.  Pamol Plantations  PLC,  the  trade  activities  and the  exploration  of  natural  resources  are almost  moribund.  The  hardworking  population  of  Ndian  division  has  escaped  to more  safer  zones  out  of  the  division. 

All the  economic  activities  are  grounded thereby  making  living  difficult  to  those left  in  the  division  and  others  who  fled the  area  as  they  have  little  or  nothing  to rely  on.  

The representative of the PM, Balungeli Confiance Ebune viewed the conference as a new and bright  beginning for Ndian, while expressing appreciation to Ndian youths for the initiative of the Conference, he noted that the conference was a true purveyor of the peace and development that all want to see in their division. 

He therefore called on individual Ndianites to leave aside their divisions and personal issues to work resolutely for this peace that will enable everyone to access their various villages again. He regretted that the crisis has impacted Ndian so  broadly with the closure of schools, impassable roads and more. 

The August guest highlighted what the government has done to end the troubles but he equally seized the moment to urge everyone to denounce the evil boys in our forests and their sponsors. 

In all, Minister Balungeli, chief of Cabinet at the Prime Minister's Office representing the PM at the conference, challenged Ndian sons and daughters to seize the momentum of the conference to make a difference in a division that has experienced the worst cases of senseless killings. 

With the end of the crisis, he related, Ndian's resources will begin to be enjoyed by all and government's plans and programmes for the administrative unit will be actualized. However, the main applause of the key note speech was reserved for the announcement that negotiations are ongoing to determine when work can resume on the Kumba - Ekondo Titi road.

The conference settled for presentations on the empowerment of the youth, women's emancipation, and the need to revamp Ndian's river ports to boost trade with neighbouring Nigeria.

Traditional rulers, MPs, Regional and divisional delegates from Ndian division, développement and the civil society actors answered present to immortalize the event.

Civiclens in Ndian,  SWR

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Economy: Tibati- Adamawa, No more In Darkness

There is some development in Adamawa in the energy sector as it's been over 10 years that the people of Tibati have struggled, after several requests and several strategies used, the people finally have power, energy thanks to the Head of State, President Paul Biya.

After more than ten years of work, the mini private hydroelectric dam of Mbakaou jointly financed by BGFIBank Cameroon and the European Union, has just come into operation inaugurated this on April 14th, 2022 by HE GASTON ELOUNDOU ESSOMBA, Minister of Water and Energy.

He used the opportunity to announce the construction of 50 other mini-dams in the short term in Cameroon. It is with a small hydroelectric power plant that has a capacity of 1.49 MW, expandable to 2.9 MW, which has just started under water pressure in Mbakaou in the municipality of Tibati. 

It will have taken more than ten years to build this dam in the sources of Djerem. This is a technical feat appreciated  by the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, on an official visit, and inaugurating the small hydroelectric power station of Mbakaou, an infrastructure put into service in December 2021.

About 1.4 MW of energy is produced, it currently supplies more than 3,000 households in five localities, while improving the quality of electricity service, with an impact on income-generating activities. According to the Minister of Water and Energy, it is the first of a series of 50 to be built across the country.

This infrastructure is expected to increase the agricultural, forestry and animal production of the department and indirectly improve the living conditions of the populations by creating jobs for young people. 

Rural electrification is therefore a reality the district of Tibati, now better lit with the inauguration of Cameroon's first private hydroelectric dam in Mbakaou, jointly financed by BGFIBank Cameroon and the European Union, opens the doors to around fifty other mini hydroelectric power station.

It should be noted that the studies for two new mini dam projects in Manjo (4.6 MW), in the Littoral, and Bafang (3.4 MW) are almost complete. The production of electricity having been liberalized, each Cameroonian can produce energy and resell it to the state.

Energy empowerment is a key issue for the development of Cameroon. With population growth, energy needs are increasing and the companies in charge of the issue, today, are struggling to fully meet the energy needs of Cameroonians. 

With the 2011 law allowing a private producer of electricity from renewable sources to be connected to the network of the national distributor (ENEO) and to sell the energy produced according to the regulations in force, a new window of opportunity has opened up. is open for investors and consumers.

By Ibrahim in Adamawa 

Ngaoundére: Channels to Fight Against Corruption Established

The National Anti-Corruption Commission innovative version is here, the official launch of this campaign was carried out by the governor of the Adamaoua region, Kildadi Taguieke Boukar last Wednesday at the University of Ngaoundéré.

The Anti-Corruption Commission is setting up an innovative platform that is expected to adapt to denouncing acts of corruption and similar offences. A toll-free number and an IT platform created with the mission of collecting denunciations, reports or alerts of cases of corruption and similar offences, and to deal with them.

Presented this April 20, 2022 at the 750 amphitheater, turned out to be too narrow to contain this important movement, the event which brought together around the governor of the Adamawa region and close collaborators.

The rector of the University of Ngaoundéré, the prefect of the department of Vina, the mayor of the city, the mayors of the three districts of Ngaoundéré, regional delegates, heads of services and assimilated from the public and private sectors and the cops of dang.

Three important joints punctuated the said ceremony, Adamawa will keep its place as the first national in the fight against corruption, the commitment has been made in unison, the region will appropriate these new tools put at their disposal assures the regional governor.

The establishment of these whistleblowing channels aims to strengthen and improve the system for preventing and combating corruption and similar offences, so as to instil more transparency in the management of public affairs.

In the event of concordant facts or a proven violation, Conac is empowered to seize the competent authorities, but also to ensure respect for the anonymity of whistleblowers, concluded Mr. Fotung Samuel, member of the CONAC coordination committee and representative staff of the chairman of the anti-corruption commission.

"This is a new anti-corruption communication strategy set up by Conac. The population can thus denounce all forms of corruption from their mobile phone in order to avoid the hassles associated with displacement".

By Ibrahim in Adamawa

Canadian High Commissioner Richard Bale visits Northwest region, Promises Engagement

The Canadian High Commissioner, Richard Bale has been presented the situation faced in the Northwest region; in the economic and social sectors and he promised to give feedback after consulting with his team, other diplomats to have better opportunities from which the Northwest region will explore.

His visit has reignited a sense of cooperation, a transfer of knowledge through exchanges. To note that the activities of the high commission are highly a-polotical, as Canada in Cameroon is known to intervene in different regions and at different levels.

"Canada is a strong supporter of civil societies, helps them take action where intervention is needed", especially in areas of conflict, a conflict that caused thousands to flee; a neglected displacement crises due to a prolonged insecurity faced in the Northwest region.

"It is important to have all stakeholders take part in building communities that have been affected by the crisis. Stakeholders be it government, traditional leaders, religious leaders, civil society, private sector. With joint efforts we can have good understanding of the situation on ground and ensure that our engagement is better targeted." Richard Bale, Canadian High Commissioner.

The interventions needed as per the presentations at the Northwest  Regional Assembly, are centred around human investment, humanitarian, Peace Building and in decentralized community based projects.

Prof. Fru Angwafo III, President of the Northwest Regional Assembly tells the diplomat that depite the stakes, some progress has been made. He established that the  "North-West Region has benefitted from multifaceted relations; support in the creation of community radios, technical schools and educational grants/ scholarships, the Kumbo water project and others within the human and physical development realm".

Though Covid-19 and climate change-related flooding has further created food insecurity, Canada with intervention at different levels remains one of Cameroon’s principal partners in the humanitarian response, delivered through UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and non-governmental organisations. 

Canada’s humanitarian assistance includes support for the provision of food, nutrition and health services, clean water and sanitation, as well as protection services.

@CanadainCameroon will continue to work with humanitarian actors to increase humanitarian access and secure humanitarian space in regions affected by conflict with the objective of reaching those most in need.

By Ndefru Melanie in Bamenda

Humanitarian: Bafut/Tubah Population Recieve Health Aid from Hon. Agho Oliver

A good number of requests has been made to the MP of Bafut/Tubah constituency following his assistance to 77-year-old Lum Monica, prompting Hon. Agho Oliver to provide drugs worth 30 million FCFA to the needy Bafut/Tubah population.

The generous donation, amounting to over 30 million FCFA, including clearance and in-land transportation, is said to be the logical follow-up of the MP's promise of ensuring no one dies in his constituency due to lack financial resources to buy drugs.

A consignment of drugs including; antibiotics for children and adults, antifungal drugs, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antipiretics, gastric ulcers drugs, high blood pressure drugs.

Varities of antihypertensive drugs; for congesive heart failure, angina pectoris, anti-cholesterol drugs, diabetis drugs and blood sugar-testing needles, blood thinners in case of stroke, AVC and others.

Drugs for asthmatics, mental health, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders and pyschosis, osteoporosis, gout, cancer, and kits for COVID testing, and so many medical subsidiaries.

Manufactured, brought fron the Italian pharmaceutical industries, intended to be administered free of charge to vulnerable, hard-to-reach and poor-needy patients in his Bafut/Tubah constituency.

The consignment was handed over to the resident Doctors of Bafut and Tubah, in the presence of the District Medical Officers, DMOs, of Bafut and Tubah on April 22, 2022, by Hon. Agho Oliver, MP for Bafut/Tubah. 

The drugs donor, Dr. Marie Noella Atanga, and her mother, patroness of the Atanga Family Foundation were present and explained to all present, especially the medical Staff, about the attachment the entire family places on health and the social welfare of all those living in hard-to-reach and underserved communities like the ones Hon. Agho Oliver represents.

Receiving the drugs and some 10 water filters for the hospitals, the Doctors and DMOs opined it is a God-sent individual and leader, in the person of Agho Oliver. Stating that the health of a people was the wealth of the people, the Bafut and Tubah resident Doctors were grateful of the surgical nature of the intervention. 

They revealed that out of every 100 patients they consult, over 36 end up lacking financial resources to follow-up on treatment, and such end up complicating their Health conditions, with others dying.

The resolve to cater for the health of the needy in Bafut and by extension, Tubah, came when Hon. Agho Oliver received a distress call some two weeks ago to assist an old 77-year-old Bafut widow, Mama Lum Monica, after providing some needs, it was discovered She needed medical attention.

Taken to hospital for check-up, the MP's team realized many more widows, the young and the elderly in that community lacked access to affordable healthcare.

The MP resolved to sort for a  consignment of drugs, with assistance from Marie Noella Atanga, kid sister to Territorial Administration Minister, Paul Atanga Nji. There are hopes that more will come, if the present consignment actually goes to serve the purpose for which it is intended.

Communication Unit
MP Bafut/Tubah MP