Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Mayor of Bafut Council Intensifies Disinfection Exercise In his Municipality.





Though no case of Covid-19 has been recorded within the Bafut municipality, the Mayor of the Bafut council, Nkwangho Lawrence, decides to involve the people within his jurisdiction in the 2nd Phase of the disinfection exercise.

Speaking in Bafut on June 27th, the Mayor confirms that the Bafut man has been very conscious about the Coronavirus disease and are making efforts to guard against it reason why no case has been recorded like in other neighbouring villages.



"Bafut has not recorded any Coronavirus case through our efforts and consciousness, because, since the arrival of the virus, we took on our heels to ensure that we put in place all the measures to ensure that the virus does not enter our municipality." Mayor of Bafut said.

"Before now we provided nose mask, hand sanitizers and other items, for the Bafut people to use and they have respected all measures put in place by Government to curb the disease." he added.

To intensify the fight against the disease, the Mayor and his team involved the Bafut district hospital, the Bafut Palace, the market, the Bafut council, not leaving out the premises of the D.O's office and the Brigade gendamerie post of Bafut.


The Mayor of Bafut also disinfected the airport, considering that it was one of the entry or exit points of Bafut, involving the armed forces to guard against the disease " as they go about their patrol". 

"Considering that other neighbouring villages like Tubah sub division has recorded a case, we decided to carry out the 2nd phase of disinfection ,to intensify the fight against the disease, for the Bafut people to stay healthy" he added.


Doctor Nkwan Percy, district medical head tells the press, how advantageous is the disinfection exercise is to keep Bafut a safe zone, the need to sensitize the villagers and how equiped the hospital is, if a case is registered.

"Such a gesture is important to us because we understand the virus, picking it up from surfaces, in the hospital where we work on, disinfecting the hospital will go a long way to prevent people from  getting the virus." The District medical head.

"Most of the villagers arround here are not very much aware about the disease or sensitized concerning the virus and do not maintain other measures to guard against the pandemic, by disinfecting the hospital, One of the roots through which they can get the virus has already been curbed and the prevalance in this village will drastically reduce, because the hospital is one of those Institutions where people will always come to" he added

There are no major incident in Bafut, and as the major hospital in bafut, we have the basic things to fight against the disease; there is a new building to be used as an isolation center, incase of  suspicion, we have buckets and detergents around the hospital for the washing of hands. With respect to the staff, we have set rules for the wearing of mask and for patients we suspect with symtoms, we wear the protective gowns to consult the patients and interact with them until their test result is proven negative from the regional hospital in Bamenda." He explained
 

    

Paul Tasong Recommends PPRD, a Tool for Peace and Sustainable Development



The National Coordinator of the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest and Southwest Regions, has told the press that "the plan is flexible and no beneficiary will be left behind", after his 5day working visit to the Northwest region.

Speaking during the end of his maiden working visit to the Northwest Region, On June 26th, as Paul Tasong called on the people to embrace the PPRD to permanently put an end to pains afflicted on individuals that have suffered the effect of the crisis and place the people on the path of peace and sustainable development.


After executing free frank discussions and share the content activities of the plan, listening and taking note of all proposals made by all Stakeholders, the National Coordinator made it clear that the plan is flexible and will leave no beneficiary behind, "the plan is for all victims of the crisis regardless of political ideology or affiliation".

He added that "Reconstructing while there is still ongoing violence on the field, Reconstruction will begin from calm areas to violent areas, and this plan is a tool government is using to promote peace and sustainable Development", he added.

Recommendations

As part of Reconstruction, essential infastructure will include; to create a solid network on the ground to preach message of peace and solidarity, rehabilitating schools, health centers, Roads, bridges, water ponds, Community centers and markets while concerning local economy; there will be boosting of agricultural production, rehabilitation of economic infastructure, upgrading energy infastructure and support economic recovery.

Youth empowerment and training programs will be established, rehabilitation of the Bamenda Fundong road, with attention given to Nwa sub division in Donga-Mantung,which is an inclaved area with no access road or electricity Supply. Women empowerment centres will be assisted and funded because they work with women that are vulnerable. 

Rehabilitation of both council roads and national roads, improve on the accessibility to some municipalities and to facilitate circulation of people, rehabilitation of water and electricity supply structures, as well as health facilities and schools that have been vandalized. Creation of employment opportunities for the youths, who are amongst the most vulnerable of the population.

He added that "Principles of participation and Vulnerability will be, to identity priority beneficiaries of the plan, who are public administration, public Organizations, churches, cooperatives, associations, economic operators and household."

The National Coordinator mentioned that the challenge with the plan, is to organize the number of household affected and to have the exact data concerning the looses recorded, the methods of mechanism of making available activities of this plan to the affected population.

He granted a Press Conference through which he expressed satisfaction and adviced Press men to focus on peace n reconstruction "because its objective is to make sure there is no suffering and death.

 He also promised the press about training/workshops to hold to facilitate the implementation of the plan, while he noted that Development Communication is taken as a proposal, to ensure construction is not followed by destruction.
    

Paul Tasong Recommends PPRD, a Tool for Peace and Sustainable Development



The National Coordinator of the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest and Southwest Regions, has told the press that "the plan is flexible and no beneficiary will be left behind", after his 5day working visit to the Northwest region.

Speaking during the end of his maiden working visit to the Northwest Region, On June 26th, as Paul Tasong called on the people to embrace the PPRD to permanently put an end to pains afflicted on individuals that have suffered the effect of the crisis and place the people on the path of peace and sustainable development.


After executing free frank discussions and share the content activities of the plan, listening and taking note of all proposals made by all Stakeholders, the National Coordinator made it clear that the plan is flexible and will leave no beneficiary behind, "the plan is for all victims of the crisis regardless of political ideology or affiliation".

He added that "Reconstructing while there is still ongoing violence on the field, Reconstruction will begin from calm areas to violent areas, and this plan is a tool government is using to promote peace and sustainable Development", he added.

Recommendations

As part of Reconstruction, essential infastructure will include; to create a solid network on the ground to preach message of peace and solidarity, rehabilitating schools, health centers, Roads, bridges, water ponds, Community centers and markets while concerning local economy; there will be boosting of agricultural production, rehabilitation of economic infastructure, upgrading energy infastructure and support economic recovery.

Youth empowerment and training programs will be established, rehabilitation of the Bamenda Fundong road, with attention given to Nwa sub division in Donga-Mantung,which is an inclaved area with no access road or electricity Supply. Women empowerment centres will be assisted and funded because they work with women that are vulnerable. 

Rehabilitation of both council roads and national roads, improve on the accessibility to some municipalities and to facilitate circulation of people, rehabilitation of water and electricity supply structures, as well as health facilities and schools that have been vandalized. Creation of employment opportunities for the youths, who are amongst the most vulnerable of the population.

He added that "Principles of participation and Vulnerability will be, to identity priority beneficiaries of the plan, who are public administration, public Organizations, churches, cooperatives, associations, economic operators and household."

The National Coordinator mentioned that the challenge with the plan, is to organize the number of household affected and to have the exact data concerning the looses recorded, the methods of mechanism of making available activities of this plan to the affected population.

He granted a Press Conference through which he expressed satisfaction and adviced Press men to focus on peace n reconstruction "because its objective is to make sure there is no suffering and death.

 He also promised the press about training/workshops to hold to facilitate the implementation of the plan, while he noted that Development Communication is taken as a proposal, to ensure construction is not followed by destruction.
    

Monday, June 29, 2020

Covid-19: Fon Azehfor executes Phase 2, In fighting health Pandemic



Quater heads and representatives of some religious and educational estabilishments in Nkwen, Bamenda have received ant covid19 kits from the  Fon of Nkwen, his Majesty Fon Azehfor III.

The distribution exercise took place on Sunday June 28th, as recipients benefitted from over one hundred (100) Hand Wash Stations and six hundred (600) litters of liquid soap, as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Nkwen Fondom.


The Fon was thankful and expressed satisfaction about the success of the event.

"I want to thank you all for the sacrifice you have made despite this hard times to see in to that, we stay safe from Covid-19 because of the special love you have for us. I will be paying unannounced visit to quarters and if I realize that, any quarter head is not doing what he is supposed to be doing for the sustainability of the project, he will be fined to bring ten goats, a basket of kola nut , crates of palm wine and many others." He said.

The donations are part of a two-phase project sponsored by Nkwen sons and daughters at home and abroad under the umbrella of the Nkwen Cultural and Development Association (NCDA).

Phase one of the project involved the training of volunteers from all the 58 quarters of Nkwen on ways to halt the spread of the corona virus, which took place at the Nkwen Fon’s Palace and the volunteers were sent to their quarters to sensitize the indigenes on COVID-19.


Phase two of the project, is a follow up of other initiatives that have seen mass distribution of face masks and sanitizers will ensure the presence of at least one 220 liters capacity hand wash station and soap in all of the fifty-eight quarters of the Fondom. 

Some 42 stations will also be placed at strategic locations including schools, churches and markets around Nkwen. 

His Royal Majesty Fon Azehfor III  was accompanied by the Divisional Officer of Bamenda III, Mayor of Bamenda III council, Regional Delegate of Health for the North West Region and other religious and educational leaders, in the distribution excercise.

 
    

Thursday, June 25, 2020

GP-DERUDEP Examines State of Projects in NWR



The Execution of Projects within the NWR in the phase of the Ongoing Anglophone crisis continuous to be a huge challenge and this is one of the Major reasons why GP-DERUDEP held a meeting to sort a way forward



The 14th Steering Committee of GP-DERUDEP held to discuss the progress report of GP-DERUDEP phase 2 and audit report of projects; the life and progress of projects allocated for the Northwest Region.

The Northwest region has suffered loss in development activities for about 4years, due to the ongoing political crisis. The armed conflict has caused technicians to flee from focus, visiting sites on the field and inspecting projects.

On the occasion of the 14th steering Committee of GP-DERUDEP phase 2 held to look at the state and realisations made to the project during the last steering committee meeting.


The Governor cautioned "delays or rejections at the level of donors,can be catastrophic for the project; examining audit reports eases it's Visa in the bank for quick approval and permits project financing to continue flowing" he said.

The Governor of the Northwest region noted that eventhough, the project has faced challenges in realizing recommendations to streamline execution, he assured the project Coordinator and team of his availability, to facilitate the execution of projects during this challenging times.


    

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

MPs Involve the Media in Reconstructing NWR



Some Senators and other members of Parliament have made a strong point on the need for Community Radios to be strengthened, in order to succeed in the Marshal plan put forth by the Head of State, President Paul.



Speaking at a working session of the National Coordinator for the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest region, on June 24th, Senator Regina Mundi said, there was need to get the media involved in the reconstruction process of the region.

"We need to have our Radio Stations, our local radios, considered in the reconstruction process and also strengthen the Local Newspapers, especially those papers whose editorial is geared towards rebuilding this region and bringing Peace." Senator Regina Mundi.

Her ideas were supported by the National Coordinator who confirmed that, it was important for the media in the Northwest to cover his working visit on the subject matter, so that " the skills of Journalists must have been sharpened and will be more versed on what content to disemminate" he said.

This idea of Senator Regina Mundi comes at a time when the Media in the Northwest Region plays a mediating role between the people and the Government.




Journalists on their own path have expected the Government to begin the reconstructing process by getting the media involved, given that they understand the realities on the ground and can better communicate, for the PPRD initiative to be accepted and recieved by the people of the Northwest.
    

Paul Tasong lays Emphasis on Beneficiaries of Reconstruction Plan



The National Coordinator for the Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest and Southwest region, has emphasized on the major criteria for beneficiaries being Vulnerability.

For the purpose of emphasis, he was speaking in Bamenda, on the 3rd day of his working visit in the Northwest Region on June 24th 2020, while recieving Divisional delegations from Mezam, Momo and Ngoketunjia.


He said "The major criteria is vulnerability, vulnerability supercross alot of components of the plan when it comes to household, building homes is not the only thing, there other components of the plan; agriculture, livestock that was stolen or killed". Paul Tasong.

I want to emphasize that we have different ways to access vulnerability, there are people who have left the region and will never come back, which means those who will not come back are not vulnerable, if u plan to go reconstruct your life somewhere else, it means you are not vulnerable, you had other alternative" The National Coordinator explains.

" If you go deep into the villages, there are children who have not been able to go to school for the past 4years, they are more vulnerable, they had no means to move. These are where priorities go to." Paul Tasong added.


There are elements the commission is looking at before considering those who will benefit from the plan, making it inclusive and the national Coordinator of the PPRD concludes that "the category of beneficiaries called household will benefit from the plan through rebuilding their homes, which also goes beyond that."



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Vulnerable People, Beneficiaries of Reconstruction and Development



The National Coordinator for the Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest and Southwest region, has emphasized on the major criteria for beneficiaries being Vulnerability.

For the purpose of emphasis, he was speaking in Bamenda, on the 3rd day of his working visit in the Northwest Region on June 24th 2020, while recieving Divisional delegations from Mezam, Momo and Ngoketunjia.


He said "The major criteria is vulnerability, vulnerability supercross alot of components of the plan when it comes to household, building homes is not the only thing, there other components of the plan; agriculture, livestock that was stolen or killed". Paul Tasong.

I want to emphasize that we have different ways to access vulnerability, there are people who have left the region and will never come back, which means those who will not come back are not vulnerable, if u plan to go reconstruct your life somewhere else, it means you are not vulnerable, you had other alternative" The National Coordinator explains.

" If you go deep into the villages, there are children who have not been able to go to school for the past 4years, they are more vulnerable, they had no means to move. These are where priorities go to." Paul Tasong added.


There are elements the commission is looking at before considering those who will benefit from the plan, making it inclusive and the national Coordinator ofthe PPRD concludes that the category of beneficiaries called household will benefit from the plan through rebuilding their homes, which also goes beyond that.
    

Monday, June 22, 2020

Reconstruction is Pathway to Peace" Tasong Paul.



The National Coordinator of the Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest and Southwest Region, Minister Tasong Njukang Paul has answered doubting thomases who said  that Reconstruction cannot take place when war is ongoing, "....yes we can, because Reconstruction is Pathway to Peace"

He was speaking in Bamenda, on Monday June 22nd during the opening of the awareness and sensitization meeting, of the Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest and Southwest Regions.



According to the Minister, Reconstruction will begin from areas that are peaceful, "It will be done gradually from peaceful and secure areas, to prevent people from loosing lives, people cannot live on assistance forever because Development is sustainable".

He also made mention of the steps taken by the Head of State, President Paul Biya to extend a hand of fellowship to the people of the Northwest and Southwest regions, to ensure that peace and normalcy returns.

He cited the release of over 289 people and later 333 detainees in connection to the ongoing Anglophone crisis, the follow up on the Ngar-Buh incident, sanctioning soldiers involved in the act, the Major National Dialogue that held in September and October 2019, amongst many others.

" The draft Reconstruction plan has been submitted to the Head of State who marked his high approval", according to him, his mission is aimed at restoring the pride of the people and restore the values that build Community lives.





The Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development (PPRD) of the Northwest and Southwest is more about global development and Minister Paul Tasong says the transformation of these 2 regions will last over 10years.

He was Speaking in the prescence of the Governor of the Northwest Region, Adolphe Lele  LAfrique ,Senior Divisional officers of the 7divisions, Mayors, Traditional rulers and other Elites who represented the people of the Northwest Region.

The PPRD is aimed at reversing the situation of hardship experienced by the local population, " it is a program of hope, hope to have shelter, education, acess to healthcare, and hope for economic revival" he added.



The City Mayor to the Bamenda City Council, Achombang Tambeng Paul, said the Governor has been adequately informed about the challenges of the people in the region and noted that the Minister's coming to the region demonstrated a level of high commitment and unflinching love for development.

The City Mayor reminded the Minister that the Reconstruction plan cannot be fully effective if the salary situation of teachers in the private sector is not looked into.

" The plight of thousand teachers who have gone without salaries for months, especially those of the Private sector, whose salaries gotten have been terribly slashed, please remember them in your reconstruction envelope".Achombang Tambeng Paul pleaded.

"PWD goes international, regrettably without a play ground, adequate provision should be made for the reconstruction of the Bamenda stadium and the state of the road, which is the gateway into the Northwest region is a sorry site, which needs to be looked into" he added.

The Anglophone crisis started in November of 2016 has destroyed homes, bridges, hospitals, markets, schools with other properties, burnt and several lives have been lost.


Mayor of Tubah

"All the infrastructure is down but with the coming of the Minister, there is hope. If we convey the right messages, the projects initiated will last long" Mayor Tanjong Martin of Tubah municipality said.


Mayor of Bafut

The Mayor of Bafut, Ngwakongoh Lawrence saluted the initiative and said he will begin calling on the people of Bafut to welcome the reconstruction process.

"When I asked them to return, they told me they have no homes, no shelter. This is a move in the right direction", Ngwakongoh noted.

In the days ahead the Coordinator of the PPRD and his team will be receiving reports and proposals from the Divisional commissions that make up the Northwest Region.

    

Monday, June 15, 2020

IDPs get Opportunities through Goodwill Services from Mankon Elite.


An Elite from Mankon called Tse Ernst who is resident in the United States of America, has been helping internally displaced persons since 2017, through his representative back home. These persons displaced, are those deeply affected by the armed conflict, ongoing in the 2 Anglophone Regions.

Speaking to his Representative Elvis, the elite from Mankon is out to help displaced persons from all age groups, without discrimination and out of goodwill.

He is a buisness man in the U.S, and has put up a Self Help Centre in Douala, with a free cost to gain access to. The services offered; General hair- do , manicule and pedicule, including a beauty department.

The beneficiaries according to Tse  Ernst's representative, Elvis, are internally displaced persons who have been affected by the ongoing armed conflict plaguing the 2 anglophone regions in Cameroon.

Speaking to Elvis, "the centre is meant for displaced persons who are ready to help themselves, they have access to the centre for free, to empower themselves and add value to their lifes ". 

"The place is situated at Bonaberi Douala before Chateau at the entrance to Minoire and functions everyday, except Sundays and we offer room for displaced persons to make use of their talents and sharpen their skills.He added, by leaving a telephone, so that more of the displaced persons will have access to; 682477901.

Elvis shared Tse Ernst's experience and his reasons for the initiative, considering that his dad and uncle had both been captives of seperatists fighters.

"He grew up in the same suffering with no opportunity but was fortunate to travel out of the country and running a very successful business. He credits the United States for the opportunity and feels blessed to do this, which according to him is a way to give back to his community."

"The refugee situation has just enabled him to do more. How can he not help, knowing that he sleeps in the house while others are sleeping in the forest, some women loose their lives after child birth and he has fulfillment in this life, if he does my little part to make the life of someone better". 

"He has shipped Items like sanitary material for the female sex, clothes, shoes and collected most of these things from friends and, others he purchased from savings he set aside every month towards this course. Bandages, Tylenol, touch light, have been shipped to help those leaving in bushes. He feels obligated to send basic needs and does not feel comfortable revealing his identity, but will do all to follow up and make sure things are reaching the needy." His source explains.

"He has also teamed up with NGO's  to ship personal effects to Cameroon refugees leaving in Nigeria and the first training center has gone operational, supporting numerous organization helping those suffering in Cameroon but he does these while staying anonymous" 

 According to his source, preparations are going on to create centers in Bamenda and Buea for young males, to train them in different domains just like he and his team has estabilished one in Douala. 

    

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Northwest Teachers Reinforce Capacities on E-Teaching.



A team of National Inspectors from the Ministry of Basic Education have visited teachers in the Northwest Region to share experiences, after teaching on radio and Television, as part of measures put in place following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Speaking at a 4days capacity building workshop at Upstation Bamenda, which began on June 10th 2020, The Inspector Coordinator of Basic Education Northwest Region, Wilson Baniyeh, said the exercise was necessary especially as it comes at " the heels of the restricting opening of the third term".

" The Ministry has organised and sent out a team to work with teachers in the different regions to get and share experiences on E-teaching while improving on teachers' ability to use audio- visual methods of teaching", he told The Guardian Post.

The capacity building workshop also aims at training teachers to be able produce lessons which will be used or broadcast over community radios.

He emphasized that the E- teaching and E-learning process was carried out through television and radio, to give pupils of the different schools and those in the exam classes, "a continuous classroom like condition" during the period of the school shutdown.

The workshop is expected to reinforce the abilities of teachers in distant teaching, while providing resources to accompany the learner's during this Covid-19 period.

At the end of the training, after these days of intense activities, teachers would have been reminded on the implementation of the new curricula for the nursery and the primary, and are expected to be equiped with the necessary methodology of production and exploitation of lessons through radio and many others.

In order to help the children succeed during this period, the Inspector of Basic Education Northwest Region thinks " it is necessary to come up with Intermidary lessons for exam classes and other pupils". He added.
    

Northwest Teachers Reinforce Capacities on E-Teaching.



A team of National Inspectors from the Ministry of Basic Education have visited teachers in the Northwest Region to share experiences, after teaching on radio and Television, as part of measures put in place following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Speaking at a 4days capacity building workshop at Upstation Bamenda, which began on June 10th 2020, The Inspector Coordinator of Basic Education Northwest Region, Wilson Baniyeh, said the exercise was necessary especially as it comes at " the heels of the restricting opening of the third term".

" The Ministry has organised and sent out a team to work with teachers in the different regions to get and share experiences on E-teaching while improving on teachers' ability to use audio- visual methods of teaching", he told The Guardian Post.

The capacity building workshop also aims at training teachers to be able produce lessons which will be used or broadcast over community radios.

He emphasized that the E- teaching and E-learning process was carried out through television and radio, to give pupils of the different schools and those in the exam classes, "a continuous classroom like condition" during the period of the school shutdown.

The workshop is expected to reinforce the abilities of teachers in distant teaching, while providing resources to accompany the learner's during this Covid-19 period.

At the end of the training, after these days of intense activities, teachers would have been reminded on the implementation of the new curricula for the nursery and the primary, and are expected to be equiped with the necessary methodology of production and exploitation of lessons through radio and many others.

In order to help the children succeed during this period, the Inspector of Basic Education Northwest Region thinks " it is necessary to come up with Intermidary lessons for exam classes and other pupils". He added.
    

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

COHESODEC hands Didatic Material worth over 2million to Beneficiaries



An NGO, Community Helath and Social Development for Cameroon, with the acronym COHESODEC, has symbolically handed capitazion grants, in form of didatic material to some beneficiary schools shortlisted by UNESCO, on June 2nd 2020.


Speaking at their head office, the Coordinator of COHESODEC, Chenwi Elvis Fuh said, the items worth over 2 million Francs, have been made available to pupils and teachers of Catholic School Mendankwe and Catholic school Ntenefor Upstation, Bamenda, to improve on the teaching and learning process of the schools.




Items including, books, pens, textbooks, typewriter, computer and benches have been handed to 2 schools shortlisted by UNESCO through COHESODEC.

"This capitazion grants, will go a long way to alleviate porverty and improve on the plight of the children in these schools who are in dying need of didatic material and equipment." Coordinator of COHESODEC told The Guardian Post.

He throws more light on an activity carried out by the NGO, not forgetting to mention the great challenges faced as a result of the health crisis, Covid-19.

"COHESODEC has carried out community based project , having over 45community learning spaces within Mezam, about 42 are functional though not to full capacity because of the deadly Pandemic, Covid-19." He added.

Speaking to the beneficiaries of the items, they expressed satisfaction and told press that the donation was timely.

The Head teacher of Catholic school Ntenefor,Tangie Helen Ngu, situated at Upstation Bda, told press " my school is represented to benefit from the capitation grants given by UNESCO through COHESODEC, which will go a long way to improve our teaching and the learning process of the children and it will also be of great help to the IDP Children who are coming to school without writing material" She said.

A representative from Catholic school Mendankwe, Ngati Muguh George, expressed delighted recieving "writing materials and benches, from UNESCO through COHESODEC,  these material are coming in good time and with the IDPs coming to our school and with the desire to learn, these items recieved will be of great need, we on our part will do our jobs effectively to ensure that the materials are put into use" he said.


The items were handed to beneficiaries by Wandi Mabel Beikeh, National Project officer, representing UNESCO in the Northwest Region.