Saturday, July 31, 2021

UBa Students Coached on Internship Focus

A one day event has been organized by Coordinators of COMINSUD- Community Initiative For Sustainable Development, to drill students in how to go about their internship program.

Baninla Yvette, a Supervisor at COMINSUD was curious on how focused were the students for the internship program and did a quick survey to understand their goals for the internship program.

The Students were cautioned on about the need to put in their best throughout the internship; with promptness at work, Respect for one another and team work being their watchwords.

COMINSUD's Coordinator- Fon Nsoh enlightened the students about principles in adapting to the training, so as to meet up with expectations, and structure themselves to achieve their aim within the period of the internship.

"The internship will cover several domains like knowledge about the organization, involvement in ongoing projects and activities, with contribution to the feasibility of the organization".

These Interns are expected to be seen doing works in community, within media space, while indicating how these are reflected in community.

They are expected to have a mastery of promoting peace, justice and gender inequality and fight against Gender Based Violence on young woman and girls.

"It is not just about improving on communities standards but bringing change in the community". Fon Nsoh.

Most of the Interns came from the Department of Communication and Developmeny, as Communication is a key to Development.

Mokom Njouny Nelson, an administrator with COMINSUD was delighted that the students had choosen COMINSUD to train themselves, most especially identifying themselves with commumity work.

Keeping the interns on alert, he mentioned- "Internship is putting yourself in a certain environment which means there are norms that the interns are to respect" Mokoun Njouny Nelson.

By Fozao Vaniela


Thursday, July 29, 2021

West Region: Catholic Movement - RAJEC Preaches Need for Health Practices

Some youths within the Catholic Church denomination decided to raise awareness about the need for healthy habits within health facilities and the adherence to Vaccination.

An initiative of the Catholic movement RAJEC, these volunteers moved through the streets of Foumbot in the Noun Division, West Region of Cameroon, talking about health practices and habits.

The exchanges between these volunteers and the population in Noun was worth the salt, because the population through this exercise, benefited from free health consultations at the Notre Dame de l'Esperance Medical center in Foumbot.

The health campaign expected to run till August 1st 2021, is taking place at a time when the nation is faced with a health crisis, Covid-19 coupled with some pockets of resistance existing in some areas across the nation.

Many still remain resistant getting vaccinated against the Covid-19 pandemic, yet it remains a collective responsibility to keep and manage health habits, while saving lifes.

By Ndefru Melanie

HOFNA CAMEROON, On the National Women's Convention

The First ever National Women’s Convention in Cameroon that is running from today is a dream come true for HOFNA and the over 800 grassroots women leaders we have engaged over the years in community peacebuilding.

This is because it reflects the dream and desire we had in 2019 of bringing at least 1000 women from across the nation to deliberate and map a way out for peace through concrete actions and strong determination, while focusing, reflecting and strategising on and around what PEACE means to them first as individuals then as women (and girls).

Today, Coming together as a Network of 38 women organisations benefiting from the sponsorhip of Fredich Edbert Foundation, this dream is a reality and HOFNA has not only been a part of the planning and strategising, some of our women and girls from the grassroots communities are a part of this transformative moment in the landscape of women peace and Security in Cameroon.

Our programs since 2014 have continued to broaden what peace and security means to women and girls especially in remote communities. Within the context of the ongoing violent conflict, we strengthened our efforts to seeking peace through the voices of our women and girls, leading trainings, education, empowerment programs and live skills formation and provision of materials to support them start up Businesses that can sustain families through the crisis, poverty and need.

We belief in the efforts that other organisations have been doing at different levels and look at each contribution through the lenses of our #PiecesOfPeace Concept with every action that supports the realisation of human security and broadens the concept of peace or security to be a vital #PieceOfPeace.

Coming together to make our vioces laouder is a Plus to the our #PiecesOfPeace concept. Together we can do more.

We are truly happy to be here with women and girls we have trained from.over the years from all seven divisions of The North west region and from 5 Regions of Cameroon to bear withness to this History making event in Cameroon and we are sure our women will carry the message of peace and actions for peace back to their communities.

We are convinced that our efforts will not go in vain. Our pledge to Peace will be a reality.

Christelle Bay Nfor
Executive Director


In Cameroon: Diverse Women Take a New Turn on Peace Building

Women from all walks of life, drawn from different parts of Cameroon are attending a National Peace Conference in Yaoundé to strategize better for Calm to return in the restive regions of Cameroon.

Women and girls are said to be the most vulnerable group in conflict situations, part of the reasons why these women meet to brainstorm on a new turn on Peace building.

They feel relegated to the background, not given the opportunity to express their grievances or allowed to take a stand at the Dialogue Table, in order to be Peace mediators.

These selected women, meet for this maiden edition in Yaoundé, to share their experiences and ideas, an exercise that will see them spend 3 days together.

Organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is a platform for these women to share memories while soliciting best ways for Peace to return in the Northwest and Southwest regions, the North region and also water down other crisis that have cropped up as a result of these ongoing crisis.

Though the women come from different backgrounds, many other women still feel left out, yet are represented, so that all voices are heard.


By Ndefru Melanie


Monday, July 26, 2021

Youth 2 Youth Sensitize Population on Sexual Reproductive Health

A one day street activity aimed at sensitizing and educating the population on unsafe abortion and unwanted pregnancy, has taken place in Bamenda, Northwest region of Cameroon.

The ethics of Youth to Youth organization kicks against abortion and they have raised awareness about the existence of this practice in society, devise strategies to stop this social Ill while educating the population.

Unsafe abortion in itself is not a good practice. Several school of thought have brought forth their point of view concerning unsafe abortion and unwanted pregnancy.

A parent who prefered anonymity said " My grand daughter is a medical doctor. We can imagine if the child was aborted".

He reiterated that, abortion in itself is bad. He cautioned young girls to keep their unborn babies and refraining from aborting.

"Talk to the children so that they do not practice unsafe abortion". He concludes by encouraging parents to be friendly with their children and avoid being aggressive to children with pregnancy. This he says would go a long way to reduce abortion in the community and society at large.

With this campaign, we cannot totally eradicate this practice in society but we know it would be reduced as we reached out to over one hundred individuals.

By Fozao Vaniela

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Fight against cybercrimes: Essoka Security Launches International Center

Essoka Security Corporation, Cameroonian's private supra-national public security company offers integrated, unified and service-oriented nonpareil security services with core values of integrity, alertness.

It has made public its newly created department to train and provide Cameroonians quality and meaningful professional secured solutions to cybercrimes, with intent to champion the fight against the growing phenomenon of cybercrimes in Cameroon and beyond.

Founded in 2016, with a vision to promote a more proactive and adaptive professional approach in the fight against Cybercrime, the new programme dubbed “Essoka Cybersecurity Division” (ECSD) was officially presented to the public Wednesday July 21, 2021.

This was during a press conference at the Head Office of the Center located at the Bastos neighbourhood in Yaounde.

The ECSD is an EC-Council Accredited Training and Proctor (Exam) Center and an International Security Institution and Service Provider; founded under the backdrop of providing quality and meaningful professional Secured Solutions to the thousands of security threats around the world and Cameroon in particular. 

Addressing reporters at the press outing, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Essoka Corporation, Nsoh Joseph Musongong, said Cameroon's cyberspace cannot be secured without Cameroonians being part of the security solutions.

"Before today, it was my idea, but by putting out to the public, it becomes our issue…we need to brave it and contribute in our own little way in securing our space and actions in the cyberspace," Nsoh Musongong revealed. 

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive solutions to information security issues of this era such as: Certified End user cybersecurity because the end user is the weakest link; Certified Professional Cybersecurity Education in Cameroon and across Africa; Certified Professional Cybersecurity Solutions by Certified/licensed professionals; Cybersecurity for Cameroon by Cameroonians; Cybersecurity for Africa by Africans,” revealed the CEO.

He added that the process can only be a success if Cameroonians federate their forces to be part of the security solution, if they secure computers, mobiles, or educate internet users, providing access to cybersecurity education and certifications in comprehensive information security domain areas.

Areas like; Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, Cyber Forensics, Network Defense and Operations, Software Security, IT Governance among others. 

Through video presentations of the entire project, experts at the center noted that the importance of the launching of the Essoka Cybersecurity Division cannot be overemphasized given the daily rise in the phenomenon of cyber-attacks and the fact that everyone needs to secure his/her personal data in the digital era. 

"We are all living in the digital era and the digital era living in us. So, whatever action we take in the cyberspace is not in vain. We either attract security or insecurity," Achu Coach Gustav, Cybersecurity Expert at ECSD told the reporters in his presentation during the presser. 

"Cybersecurity is not about you and your phone, but it’s all about you living in an era where everything is digitized. It is much more than a matter of Information Technology," Achu Coach added. 

Cybercrimes has been a major headache in the country with accounts of many public officials and institutions duplicated and hacked into by individuals for malicious intentions. 

The most recent being the duplication of the passport website of the General Delegation of National Security by individuals with malicious intention to extort money from Cameroonians. 

Many other structures have presented solutions but the cyberspace still remains very vulnerable. Statistics from the National Agency for Information and Communication Technology (ANTIC), indicates that approximately FCFA 4.7 billion was lost to scamming and phishing in Cameroon since 2011 while during same period, FCFA 3.7 billion loss was registered as a result of skimming.  

ANTIC facts further indicates that it has since 2019 identified some 4226 fake accounts on Facebook, of which 3337 have been closed while approximately FCFA 5 billion is lost due to intrusions into the information systems of certain private organizations, over FCFA 7 billion lost due to SIMBOX since 2010; 32 web defacement attacks detected on the websites of Public Administrations since 2010;  8300 vulnerabilities detected on the websites of public administrations in 2020;  with more than 6500 requests aimed at tracking and apprehending cyber criminals, received from INTERPOL and other security services since 2020. 

Despite these frightening statistics of cyber-attacks and cybercrimes, ECSD believes the have the magic in their new project. 

"What makes Essoka Cybersecurity Division different in 2021 is because we have a foundation that as a company, requires to have to offer Cybersecurity services…that foundation is to first be able to offer licenced Cybersecurity trainings and be able to offer licenced exams from within the institution itself, not that we offer trainings and exams are taken elsewhere,” Achu revealed adding that ESCD has procured strategic partnerships.

“…now, you cannot partner with a renowned company if you are fake. ECSD is the most multi-relational and strategically aligned company in terms of partnerships with the rest of the world like Checkpoint Softwares Technologies LTD, GFI Software, Kaspersky just to be but these. That's what makes us different," he added.  

ECSD officials strongly hold that the magnitude of recurrent cyber threats warrants serious secured solutions, reasons why they are offering services for people from all walks of life to get trained, get protected and get certified to work anywhere in the world.

Aside sensitizing Cameroonians to be conscience and become secured computer, mobile or internet users, the ECSD Centre is open to receive Cameroonians who have at least a Baccalaureate to study and complete a journeyman Cybersecurity education and certification in comprehensive information security domain areas like Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, Cyber Forensics, Network Defense and Operations, Software Security, IT Governance etc.

ECSD Gets Renowned Cameroonian Actress As Brand Ambassador
One highpoints of the press conference was the presentation renowned Cameroonian actress and model, Stephanie Tum, as ECSD Brand Ambassador. The multi-talented film movie sensation used the occasion to pen a two-year deal renewable to sell the ideas of the structure. 

"I am very honoured with this offer and I thank the CEO of Essoka Corporation for choosing my person to be the pioneer Brand Ambassador for this Cybersecurity project. In fact, as a model, I would use all the opportunities available and my social media handles to carry the news far and wide. I shall visit students in schools, organise community outreaches to sensitize the public on the challenges of Cybersecurity and the available solutions from the Essoka Cybersecurity Division." Stephanie Tum promised. 

Worth noting is the fact that the Essoka Cybersecurity Division ECSD, is legally recognised structure in Cameroon and works closely with that National Agency for Information and Technology (ANTIC) where they audit most of its operations.

ECSD also provide services to private digital enterprises in the country both with hardware and software systems including risk management and plans not only to extend its branches nationwide but implant across Africa and other countries in the world.  

By Ndefru Melanie


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Courts In Bamenda Denied New Chairs/Tables

Over 100 chairs and 10 tables have been rejected by Government, being a gift offered by Barrister Kemende Henry Gamsey, Senator of the Republic.

The Donor being of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) party for the Northwest, had intensions to furnished the courts in Bamenda with new chairs and tables but reception of the items was denied.

"I am giving these chairs as a Senator of the Republic. I was informed by an authority in charge with regard to my letter, who said it was minuted on the letter that "ce n'est pas necessaire".

"It is an insult to the people I represent. As a representative of the people, I am better placed as an appointee, as an elected official to determine what my people need. And I saw the chairs and tables as a need, for the people in the courts".

These items worth over 3.5 million cfa francs, packed in the Senator's yard for about 4 months waiting for official reception was rejected by government, according to Senator Kemende.

According to Barrister Kemende Henry Gamsey, investing in these items was more sustainable contrary to the present state of chairs and tables in the courts.

"I decided to look at the sector were I come from; the judiciary of the North West Region and decided to make a symbolic gift, being the sector of my regional activity because I am into a situation of compatibility as a legal practitioner and lawmaker".

"i discovered that when my colleagues get to the courtrooms they don't have sufficient seats, they don't have chairs and some don't have good tables that in a dignified manner, will enable them sit comfortably and discharge their functions before the law court"

The Senator had made some findings on how to go about offering the said gift. He told press that he discussed with the local authorities; the Procurer General and the President of the Court of appeal, who found favor and welcomed the idea".

"I went into business, invested part of my intervention fund into producing these chairs and tables.
The chief justice of the region told me to put the offer in writing so that he can address it and refer to the hierarchy stating my intention."

After visiting the Ministry of Justice and got first hand feedback from the hierarchy concerned with his letter,he returned with intensions of transforming the rejection from government into benefits.

The Senator has decided to assist in finding solutions to the water crisis in his area, identifying the water crisis at GRA- Upstation, Bamenda.

"I have seen people in the dry season passing with buckets to fetch water as they are looking for places to fetch water and I believe these people need assistance, because water is a basic necesity"

According to him, the water project will cost about 5million Cfa francs, which will warrant that he liquidates the property rejected to enable him realize the water project, creating a bore hole at GRA Upstation for the public to enjoy.

"If the Minister feels like apologizing to the people, he will only need to provide these needs; the chairs and tables to the courts, which I found as a want in that sector, to alleviate the people's hardship." Senator Kemende.

By Ndefru Melanie


Ngaoundére: CSOs Equiped with Human Rights Principles

As part of the Project to improve conditions for the exercise of civil liberties in Cameroon, Ngaoundéré has hosted a capacity building workshop for civil society organizations members, for the observatory of civil liberties in Cameroon.

The 2 days capacity building workshop was a catalysts of hope for social transformation, that civil societies will be better equipped on human rights principles.

Holding on under the distinguished patronage of the chairman, the Secretary General of the Regional Services of Adamawa, Ludovic Mba representing the Governor of the Region, Kildadi Taguieké Boucar.

The aim of this workshop was to build the capacities of participants in organizational management matters, instill in participants the rules, principles and values ​​that should guide the work of human rights organizations.

To encourage better coordination actions and improve the capacity of CSOs to interact with the CDHC, the authorities and the populations.

By Katakap Heritier

Monday, July 19, 2021

12 AGYW (Adolescent Girls, Young Women) from NW and SW Find a Safe Space

Some 12 ladies have benefitted from COMAGEND's "Her Voice Project" aimed at providing a safe space for Adolescent girls and young women, for them to brainstorm on their Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Services and other pertinent issues.

Some of these young women and girls are not aware of their health rights and those who are aware may not know how to access these services. It is for this reason that a 5 days boot camp was organized by COMAGEND within the framework of Her Voice Project and funded by Global Fund.

This camp saw the attendance of about 12 Adolescent girls and young women, who came together to put up a manual which will let them know who to hold accountable for matters involving the implementation of the Sexaul reproductive health rights in Cameroon.

The project, as a didatic tool has educated and equiped these adolescent young women and girls with the right strategies to know and claim their spaces. The manual produced will serve as a source of reference for these target groups, the population and researchers.

Ndum Charlotte Ayeah one of the 12 participants is pleased to have been a participant and says the toolkit will be of great reference.

"I was previligded to be among the advocates that were selected for the 5 days boot camp at COMAGEND. I have been able to learn alot while fratanising with other adolescent girls and young women who are facing difficult realities every day."

"I cannot put a price tag on what I have learnt these days, we developed a toolkit to use while on the field, to sensitize other adolescent girls/women and also push for policies that can better the lives of these girls who are in very pathetic predicament".

Referring to Sally Mboumien and the Project Manager, Claire as empowered ladies, Participants said they developed some skills in photography, and how to carry out proper research while producing the toolkit.

"Practical lessons and games were taught so that we can actually get to the field and explain to these girls and other stakeholders so that we can work towards a change in mentality."

This 12 AGYW are going out to engage, equip and create awareness within adolescents girls and other stakeholders so that they can influence, create and claim their safe space".

Nukuna Florence told the press that "One of the impact the boot camp had created is that of creating awareness within other adolescents girls and young women who did not participate in the boot camp, sharing knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights."

By Bamenjo Petronilla