Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mezam SDO Tells Councilors to Sensitize the Population on Road Project


SDO, Simon Emile Mooh

According to the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam Division, there are pockets of resistance in the Mankon Fondom as concerns the ongoing road project in the City of Bamenda, which has already being welcomed in Bamenda 1 and 3. Simon Emile Mooh says the Bamenda City Council (B.C.C) is facing challenges in promoting development in the City.

"The BCC is faced with 2 main challenges in promoting development in the city; the sanitary crisis and meeting the aspirations of the people in the implementation of the Urban road project in the City. The Mankon Population is still hesitating, a Fondom known nationwide needs it's roads to be tarred".

"Work is being disturbed and workers are kidnapped, totorturing local engineers, mainly those who are not from the Northwest region. Councilors should tell the population about the importance of the project." SDO Mezam, Simon Emile Mooh.

Partial View of Ordinary Session sitting

In order to sort a way forward and have the City Council count its achievements, the issue of the roads in Bamenda was a major concern in the 1st ordinary session for 2020 Administrative and management accounts of the Bamenda City Council on Wednesday 31st March 2021 in Bamenda.

The Administrator said the World Bank was doing all to meet the aspirations of the people, but cannot forge ahead when there is still some resistance in some areas, reason why he reminded councilors of their job; sensitizing people about the need to welcome and allow the project to push through.

The 2nd wave of the health pandemic, is another challenge faced in the Northwest region and which requires follow-up, assistance through MINDEVEL to support councils provide assistance to schools to guard against the disease.

City Mayor, Achobong Tambeng Paul

The City Mayor talked about 2020 achievements being meager due to the lack of liquidity and indebtedness, coupled with the armed conflict ongoing and the health crisis, he explained these factors couldn't allow the City council realize much since it was the year, him and his team took over office.

"In 2020, challenges of ghost townsa and other issues related, the dual crisis punctured our activities. we sensitized, educated the population about the need to work together. In Bamenda 3 ghost town is almost completely buried, in Bamenda 1 there are no trace observations of ghost town, but for Bamenda 2 there are still pockets of resistance."

"We will tackle the tissue together. Same year 2020 the challenges of road Infastructure was major; roads were bad and since 2020 was our 1st year into office, we couldn't attend to the roads first, but lay ground works on what to do". Paul Achobong Tambeng Paul, Bamenda City Mayor.

Councilors in Session

He mentioned during the session that, planning to him, is a very important ingredient/ aspect in realization. He prefers to spend more time in planning. 

"The technical services of the city council and the Administration spent good time redesigning project which are now ongoing In town. The contractor was enticed to begin work, but the SDO's efforts are commendable, walking through the streets of Bamenda with his entire team, doing so several times to ensure that work is done properly." City Mayor Saluted SDO's efforts.


SDO on the Field

The population have been so far collaborative because, work is ongoing. Buildings that were in the way of the project were marked and demolished. Communiqués were issued and extended but some property owners wouldn't bulge and made it a huge challenge for the B.C.C, then the SDO went to the field on a regular basis.

The City Mayor says the rains wouldn't be a problem and work is fully on progress.

"The rains are arround the corner, yes and works are not slow either, over 50 equipments are being used on a daily basis and there is progress. We are at the preliminary stage and we are hopeful that the roads will be passable even with the rains. But when the rains become so serious, work will stop because works cannot be done during heavy downpour."
City Mayor.


Roads in Bamenda

The span of the road is meant to be about 16metres for a 2 way carriage road, to the administrators, follow-up Commission for the project, this will be free of future challenges. Though the City Mayor felt that there is a sense of regression.

"After 40years, we are constructing a road of span 16metres whereas, commercial avenue is 22 metres, its width the road, approved for an action plan 40years ago".


His response on the attitude of motorbikes on plying the roads, was based more on observation. He decided not to be to hard on the bike sector believing that all is in order and untill something goes wrong then he will apply strategies to keep the bike sector in check.

"Bikes are creeping back into the city. We have asked them to go back, after respecting the measures the City council passed. But after every law is passed, we relaxed abit, though the people abuse it. During the time the City Council passed restrictions, major crime wave decreased, anytime we discover that there are any increase we will apply it again" City mayor tells Press.

Information gathered from the Administrative and management accounts session of the Bamenda City Council, revealed that total Expenditure for the year 2020, stood at 1,948,469,275 and about 511 million francs Cfa carried to 2021 financial year.



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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Covid-19: BHeT Supports IDPs to Keep Safe on Double Front


View of their Abbot

Internally Displaced Persons at Bonamome, Bonaberi- Douala have been encouraged by BHeT to keep safe in times of the health crisis, in the face of an armed conflict situation, though they flea in search for safer grounds which are yet deplorable.

"These people don't have access to pipeborn water, no toilets, they live in areas where they raise their houses above water and when they defecated it goes to that water, same water they use to drink or do other house hold chores, it is our greatest plea that government can come to their aid" Regina Etaka, BHeT Project Lead.

BHeT Team shares out basic needs

Bringing Hearts Together (BHeT) has visited this vulnerable group with some basic needs; foodstuffs (rice, salt), clothes, shoes and anti-Covid19 kits (savon, facemask, wash-hand buckets). These are items to help preserve their dignity and stay healthy, given their situation, exposed to the dangers of their immediate society.


These displaced persons have left the comfort their homes and property, running away from their place of origin due to the dangers of the armed conflict.

Regina Etaka Esong, Exécutive Director hands Wash hand buckets

Regina Etaka Project Lead for Bringing Hearts Together, says their situation /condition need attention, she finds amongst these vulnerable group children and young girls who stopped going to school and ran to their present location, for safety.

Anti-Covid kits recieved

"Amongst them are children, fathers and mothers, Children who have not been able to go to school due to the armed conflict situation. BHeT is calling on persons of goodwill to come to their aid, though the NGO is making an effort to sponsor some of the kids and are looking forward to empowering the women so that they can sustain their families."

Regina Etaka hands Facemasks

BHeT offered sustainable facemasks, easy to manage, preventing them from spending. To Etaka, these people will need to use Facemasks often, wash them and use from time to time, reason she made available what is durable.

"Economically they are not viable, facing health challenges, moving to Bonamome where they can survive, as they can no longer pay rents is a sign that they need help and support because the environment itself is not conduisive".


Demonstrating the washing of hands
IDPs in Bonamome

BHeT has as aim to promote the knowledge, skills and rights of vulnerable famillies in Cameroon, while strengthening familly headed individuals, Community and associated Community organizations, to respond to the needs of vulnerable people, as well as promoting Peace within communities.

By visiting these Internally Displaced Persons in Bonamome, Bonaberi Douala, BHeT aims at providing sustainable services, with the help of goodwill partners and government, for the children, women and young girls battered by the ongoing crisis in the Northwest and Southwest region.



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Monday, March 29, 2021

Covid-19: Graziers Encouraged to Keep Preventive Measures



Anti-Covid kits have been given to herdsmen at Cattle Market,Bamendankwe by the Governor of the Northwest region, Adolphe Lele Lafrique, to help them engage in safe measures against the health Pandemic, Covid-19. 


Some graziers complained that in recent times, their movements with cattle is now limited, not only because of the health crisis but also due to the armed conflict, as most of them lost their cattle to seperatists fighters.


Buckets were offered to enable the frequent wash of hands and facemasks, to guard against the disease, Covid 19. Besides the difficulties faced in keeping barrier measures, some of them said, the crisis greatly affected the number of cows they will have on a normal cattle market day.


One of them explained that, over 500 cows could be seen on cattle market days but as per the Crisis period, they barely struggle to get over 150 of them. This is the more reason why a kilo of meat which was sold at 2400frs is now sold at 3000francs or more.


With cattle rearers' involvement in crop production, the herds become less mobile between seasons and is a reality lived in the context of the crisis ravaging the Northwest region, decreasing the herd size.



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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Covid-19: Medics Urge Population To Respect Barrier Measures



Some frontline health Workers in Cameroon have urged the population to step up their respect of Covid-19 barrier measures.

This was during a press briefing where a platform of health professional orders and unions were addressing the issue in Yaounde, this March 26.


Holding at the Cameroon Medical Council, CMC, the doctors reminded the public of the existence of the pandemic and in a more severe phase. They urged that the wearing of face masks should be taken seriously so as to limit the spread of the virus. The president of the National Trade Union of Private Medical Doctors in Cameroon (SYNAMEC),
Dr Ndjebet Jules gave a summary of their recommendations.

"Our recommendations in other to reduce the mortality and mobility of this disease is to make people be aware of the fact that they have to wear their mask, wash hands, they have to avoid all forms of manifestations and keep distances during church services, family meetings and so on".

Dr Ndjebet Jules also encouraged the population to always consult health professionals before taking treatment especially in the case if traditional medicine.

"You have to consult a medical doctor or other health professionals when you have some symptoms like fever, cough. I don't deny the capability of our traditional medicine. You can take it but you have to go to the hospital and have a right diagnosis by doing a test and scan in other to take the right medication. You cannot look only at the internet, at google and begin taking a medication by yourself when you are not a professional".


He equally emphasized on the need for health professionals to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

"I think if you take the vaccine according to what the scientific council has prescribed, you will not have too much problem you can have some adverse effects but you have to be followed after in order to be taken care of. It is better to have complications after vaccination than having COVID-19 with a high risk of death".

The union of doctors equally urged the government to enforce discipline amongst her citizens who keep neglecting these barrier measures. They equally called on government officials to step up the process of acquiring vaccines.

"The authorities should do everything possible to accelerate the process of acquiring vaccines and start the campaign as soon as possible". The last paragraph of the resolution reads.




The President of Cameroon National Order of Dental surgeons (OMCDC), Dr Tankoua-Sunou, President of the Cameroon National Medical Association (ONMC), Dr. Guy Sandjon, the president of Cameroon National Order of Pharmacists (ONPC), Dr Nana Frank, were equally part of the press briefing and unanimously brought out the recommendations.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Famillies Cry Foul After Destruction Caused By Heavy Wind/Rains


Electric Pole fall due to Heavy winds.

People living in some quaters in Bamenda are now living the impact of heavy rains, instead of being glad as the dusty atmosphere is gone, they now begin to wonder and ponder what the days ahead will look like, as many now wake up to electric poles, trees fallen to the ground and the roof top of some houses destroyed.


Wall shattered by heavy rain/wind

The Wall/Fence shattered to the ground

A familly in Ngomgham Mankon, woke up one morning to discover that the wall shielding their home from the main road had fallen to the ground, given the heavy rains and wind that blew the previous night. Some people who came to the scene said those constructing with poor material should be blamed.

Nature of the environment in Bamenda during the rainy period

During this rainy period in Bamenda, many road users, including farmers complain about bad roads, potholes filled and the slippery nature of the road, which make movement very difficult.

According to discursions heard in taxis, buses, bars or roadside talks, the rainy season is much prefered to the dry season, but for the fact that the heavy down pour and winds has negative effects on the population.

One of the major challenges faced during this period is frequent cut in power supply. No electricity; metres in homes will either trip frequently or get a technical fault as a result of the rains.

Stakeholders concerned with water and energy in the Northwest region must be on alert during this period. It will be a fear to battle with insecurity in the dark or no water supply in times of Covid19.


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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Property Owners Affected by Road Rehabilitation In Bamenda, Cautioned on Procedures



Field work at Mobile Nkwen

Checks for the continuation of demolition works has been carried out by the SDO for Mezam, Simon Emile Mooh, City Mayor, Paul Achobong and team, on the Nkwen stretch of road and on the finance-ngeng junction stretch of road.




This commission carried out this excercise on a day 2, March 25th 2021 to ensure that road works continue within the City of Bamenda, as per the plan of the government to construct new roads. It should be noted that the team has been working for days to ensure that work is done without any conflict situation with the population, recieving the project.


Measurements for effective Demolition

Press Release

The City Mayor mentioned in a release on March 24th 2021, instructing all whose property have been partially damaged given the ongoing rehabilitation of roads within the city of Bamenda, to seek authorization from the council before embarking on any sought of enclosure.

To him, this "..is to ensure that such works conform to the provisions of the city's approved planning documents and the vision of these projects". The city council will guide owners of such premises on how to proceed in conformity with it's plan of action.


Commission Concert with Property owners

Property owners who have complained about fault destruction in the course of the ongoing works, have had their property evaluated, to be discussed by the commission following up on the road rehabilitation in Bamenda and for onward transmission.


View of rods in Bamenda

No major incident or confrontation has been recorded since the start of road works in Bamenda, as the City Mayor applauds the maximum collaboration of the people, assuring them the project will be realize to expectations.

No levy has been accorded to the application process for those whose properties have been affected and while others complain and give setbacks realized in the course of marking buildings or property for demolition, the City Mayor didn't mention who takes charge of the expenses.



View of Ongoing road works in Bamenda

The people have realized how serious works have gone so far to give the City of Bamenda good roads, with all funds coming from a partnership between the government of Cameroon and the World Bank.



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Farmers' Potentials Grissed with Seeds at Farm Year Launch



Farm Inputs Distributed to Farmers

Farmers from within the Northwest Region have recieved from the North West Development Authority, MIDENO tons of maize seeds, agrochemicals, insecticide and fertilizer amongst many other inputs for their farms, at the launch of another farming season.

Farm inputs distributed at thee launch of the farm season were; 18.5 tons of maize seeds, 27.2 tons of agrochemicals to some 646 farmers of the region, 13.5 tons of solanum potatoes, 4 tons of maize, 190 bags of NPK fertilizers, 280 sachets of fungicides, 15 litres of insecticides and 100,000 cassava cuttings.

Souvenir Picture at Farm Year Launch 2021

The Launch which took place in Santa sub division on March 25th 2021, was done under the strict respect of barrier measures of Covid-19, as farmers converged at the MIDENO Seed Farm, TDC Santa to benefit from packages of farm inputs to improve framing skills, this season.


Farmers have the zeal to plough their farms and expect great produce at the end of the farm season, but given the prevailing context of the social unrest, many have cried foul about difficult roads and the "unsafe environment" having a farm far off the main roads.

The North West Governor by this urged those still carrying arms in the bushes to drop them and yield to the call of the Head of State, Président Paul Biya who offers a better life for them at the DDR centre as way to reach out to long lasting peace

"I want to use this opportunity to call on our children to lay down their arms and join their friends at the DDR centres. This as a way to bring back long-lasting peace in the region".

NW Governor recieved by Farmers

Some of these recipients of farm inputs were of the opinion that, government should assist in resolving the armed conflict that has caused rural-exodus, such that youths have moved to bigger cities, in search of a safe space and old men/women use manual labour to plough their farms.


NW Governor, Adolphe Lele LAfrique while at the Farm season Launch in Santa encouraged farmers to be steadfast in their farming activities, in order to serve a growing and demanding population, improving on their potential considering the negative effects of the Crisis.

Ngong Elizabeth Maika, a representative of the farmers pointed out that youths, skilled in farming have left the rural areas and the old people left behind have been left to engage in agriculture, with less strength to produce more.

MIDENO's GM

Just like MIDENO's GM tells Farmers, " Farming never fails", the Regional Delegate of Agriculture, Fuchi Thomas told farmers how these inputs can be applied to have great produce at harvest time.



Quote: The Observer237

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