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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Anglophone Crisis: US-based Cameroonian International Legal Consultant Writes to President BIya


Dr. Makongo (left) with ex- Ghanaian President
Jerry Rawlings during a recent audience
The now seemingly unending Anglophone Crisis ,which started last November with Cameroon's Common law lawyers's strike and public demonstrations ,has provoked the writing of numerous letters by diplomats,human rights organisations,international law societies, intellectuals,lawmakers etc to President Paul Biya,proposing solutions to the crisis. 
Below is one of such addressed to the Cameroonian Head of State,by Cameroon-born and US-based  International Legal Consultant and Senior  Negotiator,Dr. David Makongo 
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OPEN LETTER NO:3 TO PRESIDENT PAUL BIYA


"Dear President Biya,
It is with great honor for your high office that I come back to you with my third open letter in connection with the Southern Cameroons' quest for peaceful resolution.
It is sad and very concerning to observe that some ungrateful close confidants of yours want to see you dragged in the mud with a bloody nose before you leave Etoudi. I therefore urge you to dribble them and organize a peaceful referendum in Southern Cameroons.
You could make a new legacy for yourself if you can peacefully and voluntarily organize a referendum to allow the people of Southern Cameroons decide whether or not they want to stay with LRC or go their own separate ways?
The Southern Cameroons plight is deeper in Cameroon than it seems on the surface abroad. Your collaborators are lying to you again by insinuating that North West and South West Regions are stable. And that if any instability, then it could only come from the outside. Big lies. Ghost towns ("Country Sunday") are not abroad. You live with them right there in North West and West Regions.
It is surprising, therefore, to so many people how they managed to persuade you to abandon the problem back home and send the most untrustworthy people abroad to tell lies such as: there was no lawyers strike to a very knowledgeable and wise diaspora population in South Africa, Belgium, Canada, USA, UK and also to mislead and misguide the U.N.
As your emissaries came to the UN for explanation, that is how the U.N. sent them back to you with diplomatic rebuke "to start inclusive dialogue to address the outstanding root causes of tensions" in the Anglophone regions, uphold human rights and hold those responsible for administering justice to "high standards."
What are the root causes of the Anglophone problem?
Dear Mr President, it is important for you to note that despite its shortcomings, the U.N. has always viewed itself as a community of values.
-The ANNEXATION of Southern Cameroons is a violation of these values;
-The kidnappings, torture and raping of Southern Cameroonians are in violation of these values;
-The unwarranted arrests (of Dr. Balla, Justice Ayah, Dr. Fontem, Mr. Mancho and all other SC in LRC jails), illegal detentions and Nuremburg style trials without due process of the law are in violation of these values;
-The shutting down of internet and militarization of Southern Cameroons are in violation of these values.

It is equally important for you to know that if we must avoid blood shed, in addition to following recommendations of the U.N.
1. Instruct government to release everyone in jail without conditions to diffuse tension and to start real "inclusive dialogue with freed leaders and the interim government of Southern Cameroons.
2. Organize a referendum in NorthWest and South West Regions to allow the people decide for themselves which way they want to go? Conduct this test and apply the will of the majority to avoid unforeseen circumstances for the country.
Mr. President, though I'm not a prophet of doom, if there is anything I can guarantee you with this write-up, it is the certainty of the fact that the union between Southern Cameroons and LRC has broken down irretrievably. True!
Fellow Southern CAMEROONIANS, in an overwhelming majority have followed their conscience to separate and start the task of building the new independent State of Southern Cameroons. There's no turning back, Mr. President!
The above is in line with Resolution 1514 of the U.N. which provides that when the union has failed one people can separate if it is the will of the majority.
Thus, organizing this referendum through peace and dialogue could go a long way in saving part of your legacy to the total bewilderment of some of your deceitful allies and ungrateful employees who are betting Or plotting for your shameful downfall.
Only those who have lived in the bowels of the beast know it from the inside!
Yours very sincerely
Dr. David Makongo USA,
Senior Negotiator & International Legal Consultant)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AFCON 2019: Cameroon has the will and ability to host

By Elvis Teke 

Cameroon’s readiness to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations has come under sharp focus in less than twenty-three months to the kick off of the continental tournament. 

Different officials have watered down all doubts on the country's ability to host the twenty-four team football teams placed in six groups. Only recently, the Confederation of African Football congratulated the country for a great organisation of the 2016 Women’s African Cup of Nations. Since the last competition, additional lodging, restoration and other facilities required by CAF are in the process of being completed.

Yaounde City
 Three Stadia for International competitions in Yaounde, Bafoussam and Limbe have been homologated by CAF. Two others in Olembe-Yaounde and Japoma- Douala are presently under construction while two others in Douala and Garoua are currently being renovated. According to CAF's checklist, the country needs four or five star hotels to host the players and CAF officials. 

These are readily available in Yaounde and Douala while others of varying categories are in other towns. In the Transport sector the Country's possess four international airports and an airline corporation which now focus on domestic flights. 

In the same light, all roads linking potential towns to host the competition are linked by tar. In the area of healthcare, the city of Yaoundé is well furnished and government at work renovating and equipping Bafoussam, Limbe, Douala and Garoua ahead of the visit of the CAF inspection team. 

In the domain of Communication the country is endowed with four mobile telephone service providers with high speed internet connection. Government's national broadcaster CRTV with its newly acquired Outside Broadcasting Vans is set to render reliance evermore easy. 

These are just some of the arguments advanced both by the Communication boss, the President of the Cameroon Football federation, FECAFOOT to dispel any doubt regarding Cameroon’s readiness and ability to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

 Some of the potentials Cameroon boasts of include:
 Three International airports with renovated run ways Internal flights to seven of ten regions 
All the towns selected host games are linked by tarred roads Several hotels of various standing exist in different town 
 The population is hospital and live in a multicultural environment Medical and security personnel have been trained and equipped
 Three stadiums for international competitions homologated by CAF in Yaoundé, Bafoussam and Limbe Two world class stadiums are under construction in Olembe, Yaounde and Japoma, Douala 
 Two other Stadia to be renovated in Douala and Garoua
Courtesy:CRTV

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cameroon Arrests Those Wearing Military Uniforms Illegally

FILE - A Cameroonian soldier stands guard during the presidential election in Yaounde, Cameroon, Oct. 9. 2011
FILE - A Cameroonian soldier stands guard during the presidential election in Yaounde, Cameroon, Oct. 9. 2011




Authorities in Cameroon are arresting people who they say illegally wear military uniforms in order to deceive the population and commit atrocities. There have been tensions between armed groups in neighboring Central African Republic, with a spill over into Cameroon, and Cameroon thinks rebel fighters are using the uniforms as a disguise.
A dozen military men forcefully open doors in Nyangaza, a popular neighborhood in Bertoua on Cameroon's eastern border with the Central African Republic. Nyangaza is home to hundreds of Central Africans living with host Cameroonian communities. Among the military personnel arresting civilians with military uniforms is staff sergeant Isidore Mbah.
He says they have noticed that the neighborhood is a hideout for bandits, who wear uniforms to trick people into believing they are in the military. He says all those they arrest will answer charges in a military court.
Last Friday military officials arrested 13 people, aged 17 to 37. Among them is 30-year-old Emmanuel Manga from the Central African Republic who has been living in Cameroon for three years.
He says he had been wearing the uniform to keep warm in the early morning cold since his friend offered it to him as a gift. He says he never knew that it was forbidden to wear it and that some military men had been seeing him with the uniform but did no arrests until recently.
Armed groups from CAR have attacked Cameroon on several occasions since the crisis in CAR began in March 2013 when Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew President Francoise Bozize Abuses. That triggered the rise of the Anti Balaka Christian defense groups and a cycle of killings and violence has spilled over into Cameroon.
Cameroon-born general Housseini Djibo, a senior military official in eastern Cameroon says the arrests were ordered because it was discovered that some rebels were disguising themselves as military members and committing atrocities.
He says there is galloping insecurity on Cameroon's eastern border because of its proximity with the troubled Central African Republic. He says they will do everything possible to stop armed rebel groups that regularly carry out incursions on Cameroon's territory and hold especially cattle ranchers and business persons hostage.
About 100 people have been arrested within the past 30 days. A 1982 law forbids civilians from buying, selling and wearing military uniforms and states that anyone caught faces prison time of between 3 months to 2 years and, or fines ranging from $100 to $ 4,000.
Even as the military goes around arresting people and seizing the military uniforms, some shop owners still keep them in stock as Moussa Ahminou of the Bertoua traders trade union told VOA.
He says some of them are still stealthily selling the stocks they had before the government started educating them not to sell military outfit.
Cameroon shares a 900-kilometer long boundary with the landlocked CAR and presently hosts 300,000 refugees from the neighboring state.
Courtesy:VOA

Close to 200 Days in Detention :Justice Ayah Paul Reflects On His Plight...

Justice Ayah Paul  Abine (now retired )
   
Justice Ayah Paul Abine, recently retired from Cameroon Civil Service,was arrested last January 21, and has since then been detained at SED Yaounde reportedly without  any charge.  At the time of  his arrest from his home in Yaounde, the rights activist, was the Deputy Advocate-General of the Supreme Court of Cameroon.
His arrest followed that of Barrister Agbor Balla and Dr. Fontem Neba,leaders of the Anglophone Consortium that coordinated the mass protests against  the Biya Government for marginalizing Anglophones,which led to what toady known as the on-going Anglophone Crisis.

Below  IS  A MESSAGE FROM AYAH PAUL ABINE... 

"IT WILL SOON BE 200! 200 days since I was kidnapped by armed unidentified men on orders from above. 200 days in captivity, held hostage on no charge. 200 days with a failing health situation characterised by multiple cardiac attacks. 200 days under diverse forms of torture inflicted unto meFOR NO JUST GROUNDS. But my morale is exceedingly high, as I keep holding the fort, and will so do TILL THE END, with integrity, in all truth and honesty and above all, WITHIN THE LAW.
I am held hostage not because I have stolen, nor killed nor broken the law. I am held hostage because I am 'anglophone', born west of the mungo, a place wherein all its indigenes who stand for truth are tagged as terrorists. Not even my status mattered, nor the law which protects me. From that area wherein we hail, the law is secondary, anarchy is paramount.
To Parents, I say: Love your kids with all your hearts; for no one can love them better/more than you do; not even the self proclaimed righteous. Teach them truth, hardwork, integrity an honesty. Above all, delete the virus of greed and selfishness in them from the outset, and inculcate in them the value of the common good/general interest. If you so do, they will grow up to be pillars of tomorrow with a profound understanding of the value of sacrifice, the love for the other and true patriotism.
To detainees: I feel what you feel for I am in this mess with you all. I wish I could take your place and carry the cross for all. For I have lived my life, full of sacrifices for the general interest with NO REGRETS. But at any thought of you all, my heart bleeds vis-a-vis the unjust torments you undergo, you the young leaders of tomorrow. Oh, how your families miss you dearly; how much your kids/wives/kindred have missed your warmth, protection and security, for months. I pray for you all daily, hoping in confidence that the Most High incurruptible judge will grant you all HIS divine and incurruptible justice at HIS appointed time; FOR HIS TIMING IS PERFECT. May HE keep renewing the ressources and the strength of your families, well wishers, aids and sympathisers, as they share your cross.
To Cameroonians in general: Words cannot express how satisified I am for the immense assistance you have offered me and my entire family all through and counting. The spiritual, material, legal, physical and moral assistance has been immense. I never expected this pinnacle of solidarity, even from 'enemies' who have dropped their slash harmmer and employed their encircling sheild around my family and myself. Someday, when the good Lord so chooses, I will honour you all in a special way, especially the families of fallen victim of the ungoing crisis. I hear their voices daily, whispering words of wisdom and encouragement to my spirit. At the appointed time, i will honour them.
To the authorities that be: You know what ought to be done, which would have been timely done to save the '9 stictches now required' to arrest the bleeding wounds. May it be done in the interest of peace and while there are still openings for such to occur.
Universal children of the Most High, We will meet again, even very soon, when the good Lord elects it to be so. MAY PEACE REIGN IN AND AROUND YOU ALL UNDER THE COUNSEL OF THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD"

U.S. military probes torture claims at Cameroon base

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The U.S. military has opened an inquiry into allegations of torture and murder of suspected Boko Haram militants at a Cameroonian army base used extensively by American troops, a spokesman said on Friday.
Rights group Amnesty International said last month it had documented 101 cases of arbitrary arrest and torture by Cameroonian troops charged with fighting the Nigeria-based jihadist group between 2013 and 2017.
Eighty of the cases occurred at the elite Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) headquarters at Salak, in Cameroon's Far North region, which has been hit hard by spillover from the eight-year insurgency in neighboring Nigeria.
French and U.S. troops have been operating out of Salak for several years, with Amnesty saying it had video evidence proving "regular presence of U.S. personnel in numerous locations across the base".
Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Germany-based Africa Command, said a "commander's inquiry" had been set up, although he was unable to provide details of its progress.
Boko Haram attacks have killed more than 20,000 people and displaced 2.7 million in northeast Nigeria and adjacent areas of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Reporting by Ed Cropley Editing by Jeremy Gaunt

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cameroon: Bishops reject government’s bilingual commission



Cameroon: Bishops reject government’s bilingual commission
Anglophone Cameroonians protest in Cameroon. (Credit: AP.)
By Ngala Killian Chimtom
YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Bishops from Cameroon’s English-speaking regions have said a new government commission to look at the rights of the country’s English-speaking minority is not adequate to resolve what has come to be known as “the Anglophone problem.”
The National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multi-culturalism was set up earlier in the year as part of government measures to resolve the long-standing problem of perceived marginalization of the minority Anglophones (who constitute 20% of the population) by the francophone-dominated administration.
But the bishops are saying the commission is simply fruitless.But the bishops are saying the commission is simply fruitless.
“A Commission on bilingualism and multi-culturalism cannot resolve the Anglophone Problem,” said the Bishop of Kumbo and Vice President of the National Episcopal Conference, Bishop George Nkuo.
Bishop of Kumbo and Vice President of the National Episcopal Conference, Bishop George Nkuo. (Credit: Ngala Killian Chimtom.)
“It should have been a commission on Bilingualism and Bi-Culturalism,” he said, noting that such a commission would help protect and preserve Cameroon’s bi-cultural heritage.
Cameroon’s bilingual and bi-cultural status derived from its colonial heritage. Initially administered as a German Protectorate in 1884, Cameroon would later be shared with France and Britain as League of Nations Mandates after Germany was defeated in the First World War.
The end of the Second World War and the establishment of the United Nations saw the two parts of Cameroon transition from mandated territories to UN Trust Territories.
In 1960, the northern part of Cameroon administered by France gained its independence. The southern part administered by Britain as part of Nigeria was in 1961 subject to a plebiscite in which they were offered independence by reuniting with their francophone Cameroonian “brothers” or by remaining part of Nigeria.
The results showed an overwhelming desire by English-speaking Cameroonians to reunite with the French-speaking part of Cameroon.
The “marriage” was guaranteed by a Federal Constitution that was ostensibly meant to preserve and protect the minority Anglophones and their colonial heritage. But in 1972 then-President Ahmadou Ahidjo organized a referendum that dissolved the federation in favor of a united republic, thereby removing the protections Anglophones enjoyed.
“That marked the start of the ‘Anglophone Problem’,” said Professor Verkijika Fanso of the University of Yaoundé.
He said the absence of protective guarantees meant that “the values that English-speaking Cameroonians brought into the union were eroded.”
Fanso said the minority Anglophones have seen their educational and legal systems systematically chipped away by the Francophone majority.
This has recently led to popular uprisings in the two English-speaking regions. The uprisings were initially sparked by disgruntled lawyers and teachers protesting the use of French in courts using the Anglo-Saxon common law tradition (practiced in the English parts of the country) and in Anglophone schools, and it soon boiled over to the general public, with many Anglophones calling for outright secession.
Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda (their jurisdiction is mostly in the English-speaking parts of Cameroon) have said the problem is a result of the government’s inflexibility.
In a strongly-worded letter addressed to the President of the Republic in December, the Bamenda bishops said that the Anglophone Problem was a result of “the failure of successive governments of Cameroon, since 1961, to respect and implement the articles of the Constitution that uphold and safeguard what British Southern Cameroons brought along to the Union in 1961.”
They also condemned what they called “the deliberate and systematic erosion of the West Cameroon cultural identity which the 1961 Constitution sought to preserve and protect by providing for a bi-cultural federation.”
Resolving the Crisis
In attempts to resolve the crisis, President Paul Biya has set up a Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.
The text creating the Commission states that the Commission shall “be responsible for submitting reports and recommendations on issues relating to the protection of bilingualism and multiculturalism to the President of the Republic and the government, monitoring the implementation of constitutional provisions establishing English and French as two official languages of equal status …, preparing and submitting to the President of the Republic draft instruments on bilingualism and multiculturalism and togetherness, receiving petitions against discriminations arising from non-compliance with the constitutional provisions on bilingualism, multiculturalism, and reporting … to the President of the Republic.”
But the Catholic bishops have dismissed the commission as a missed opportunity.
“Why Common Law lawyers were striking is that their legal system was being eroded. It is the same thing with teachers, who saw the Anglo-Saxon educational system they inherited from Britain being eroded. So, the problem is not a problem of multi-cultures, because Cameroonians in their cultural and linguistic diversity have always lived together,” said Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda.
In their December letter, the bishops said:
“Anglophone Cameroonians are slowly being asphyxiated as every element of their culture is systematically targeted and absorbed into the Francophone Cameroon culture and way of doing things. These include the language, the educational system, the system of administration and governance, the legal system, and a transparent democratic process where elected leaders are answerable to the electorate who put them there in the first place.”
The bishops are now calling for genuine dialogue between the government and Anglophone Cameroonians as the only way forward.
But the call comes at a time when thousands of Anglophone Cameroonians are already calling for a return to a federal system of government, or even secession.
Courtesy:Cruxnow.c

ishops in the English-speaking parts of Cameroon have dismissed a new commission looking at bilingualism in the country as a missed opportunity. The minority Anglophone population says it has seen its educational and legal system systematically chipped away by the Francophone majority.

Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised

In Cameroon, more women are living with HIV than any other group, and they are also more stigmatized than their male counterparts
In Cameroon, more women are living with HIV than any other group, and they are also more stigmatized than their male counterparts (AFP Photo/SAEED KHAN)
Yaoundé (AFP) - Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a women's health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test.
Blandine is HIV positive.
But the waiting is not for her -- it is to find out whether her one-year-old girl also has the human immunodeficiency virus.
A few minutes later, she has her answer.
"I am so relieved," Blandine said upon learning that her baby's blood tests came back negative for HIV. "I feel like I've won a battle with my child, a battle I was unable to win for myself."
In Cameroon, more women are living with HIV than any other group, and they are also more stigmatised than their male counterparts.Blandine, a teacher, was willing to share her story but preferred to use an alias to protect her identity and her family, including her husband, who has public responsibilities.
"I have a life to build," she said.
"There is progress but we cannot say that the stigma has disappeared. When you have a certain role in society, you have to defend your husband and your in-laws.
"You have to protect your children."
Blandine discovered she was HIV positive nearly two years ago, after a long illness. Her husband was the one who broke the bad news to her, as she was too weak to speak to the doctor herself.
She is still not sure how she came to contract the virus. Her husband, like their daughter, does not have it.
"It is really due to my husband's love that I was able to live through that situation," she said.
Blandine said many HIV positive women are rejected by their husbands and families and then isolated from society as a whole.
"Some women don't even dare talk about their status for fear of being abandoned," she said. "They deal with it on their own, without even opening up to their husbands."
- 'Afraid' of sex -
Serodiscordant couples -- where one partner is HIV positive -- face an extra set of hurdles in a relationship, especially as it relates to personal hygiene and sexual relations.
For Blandine and her husband, adjusting to her status meant regular visits to health professionals and a sex education course at the hospital.
"When you get the results, it's not obvious you can go back to a normal sex life," she said. "You are always afraid at the beginning."
At the hospital, the couple was taught the best way to continue having safe sex, but the most important thing was to remain faithful to each other.
"Fidelity is essential, for him but also for me, because we don't know the (HIV) status of people outside our relationship".
Blandine, whose HIV positive status is "nearly undetectable" because of her continued treatment, never thought she would be able to live such a happy, normal life -- with healthy children.
"I was always told that I could be a mother like any other, in spite of the HIV, and I am now just understanding that it is not a dream," she said.
"You can give birth to your child and breastfeed them like the other children. I am really happy."
As soon as she was born, Blandine's daughter benefited from immediate HIV treatment, and her first test at six weeks showed she had no HIV antibodies.
The baby will have to undergo her final test when she turns 18 months.
- 'We see progress' -
In the cheerful waiting room of the women's health centre of the Chantal Biya Foundation, Blandine sits surrounded by other HIV positive mothers and their babies.
Cameroon, a country of 23 million that hugs Africa's Gulf of Guinea, had a 5.75-percent HIV prevalence rate for pregnant women in 2016, making it one of the 10 countries responsible for 75 percent of new paediatric infections worldwide.
"We see progress in the prevention of the transmission (of HIV) from mother to child," said Therese Nduwimana, director of the HIV and AIDS section at the UN's children agency, UNICEF, in Cameroon.
In its efforts to lower the prevalence rate, the country has launched programmes where pregnant women can get tested for HIV during prenatal visits.
According to Nduwimana, "79 percent of those who find out they are positive are immediately started on treatment" and their children also receive treatment as soon as they are born.
Still, 17 percent of pregnant women skip their prenatal visits and about 12 percent refuse the test.
Cameroon has also invested in rapid HIV testing, which delivers results within the hour as opposed to a month.
When Blandine first tested her daughter at six months, the month of waiting was not easy.
"For weeks, you have a feeling of guilt, you cannot stop thinking that maybe you've passed a virus to your child that they'll have to fight for the rest of their lives."
In her work as a teacher, Blandine has been able to advise younger women living with HIV, without revealing her status.
But she hopes one day to be able to live openly with HIV.
Source:AFP

Monday, July 24, 2017

Governor’s alert about SCNC attacks breeds renewed search for activists

By kum Bandolo

Security forces are said to have intensified the search for SCNC activists following a gubernatorial warning of a possible attack by the banned group’s radical activists.
    The Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai recently alerte the new SDO for Fako Division, Emmanuel Engamma Ledoux during the latter’s commissioning into office that security reports indicate the SCNC are planning to attack Anglophone Regions, in a bid to take back what they called their territory.
  The Governor therefore implored the new SDO to beef up security on the ports and main entrance from Nigeria,a neighboring country, so as to check threates from  those with links to the secessionist group cum terrorist group.
   The SCNC, which is fighting for the independence of Southern Cameroons but is considered by the Cameroon government as a terrorist group, was banned last January 17 in Cameroon, as the Anglophone identity crisis worsens
    Several SCNC leaders are already in detention and are being prosecuted for fighting for the restoration of the Independence of Southern Cameroon.
Prominent amongst them is Oben Maxwel alongside four others who were arrested in Bamenda and Kumbo and charged with acts of terrorism.
   Worthy of note is the case of a certain Ernest Nanje Sermobia who joined the SCNC since 2004.
 Nanje Sermobia, an SCNC flyers distributor, was reportedly picked-up in January 2014 in Muyuka, in the company of other activists by security agents  in mufti ,but Nanje Sermobia slipped off the hands of his captors.  Since then his whereabouts is not known but it is believed he must have fled to Nigeria, to join many other SCNC activists there.
    Mola Njoh Litumbe, another lead activist for the independence of Southern Cameroons has often condemned the deplorable conditions in which activists are kept in jail, insisting on the respect of international human rights instruments, to which Cameroon is a signatory.
    The renewed search for SCNC activists comes at a time when Anglophone Consortium leaders such as Abgor Balla and Dr Fontem as well as Zama Gorden, SDF Limbe District Chairman, are being prosecuted for terrorism charges.

   Those charged with terrorism could face up to 25 years in prison or a death sentence.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

University of Buea :Dean of Faculty of Agriculture Vows:“It’s time for communities to feel us !”

Professor  Ernest Lytia Molua,new Dean Faculty of Agriculture,University of Buea at installation







































By Christopher Ambe
The new Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Buea (UB), has said henceforth local communities in Cameroon must benefit immensely from the existence of the faculty, which he now heads.
Prof Molua(left)chats with UB  VC Prof. Ngomo
Ernest Lytia Molua, aged 44, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, made the commitment to reporters, on University of Buea campus, last July 19, shortly  after he officially and publicly assumed office as the new Dean of the ten-year old Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of Cameroon’s first Anglo-Saxon University. He replaced Prof.Sakwe Nekongo Pierre Christopher, retired
    Appointed by Cameroonian President Paul Biya, Lytia Molua was commissioned into office by Prof.Ngomo Horace Manga, Vice-chancellor of University of Buea, which is a state-owned institution created in 1993.

  The Dean was commissioned alongside other newly appointed officials of same  university viz:Associate Prof. Ayu’unwi Ngwabe Neba,as new Director of Academic Affairs; Associate Prof. Nana Engo Serge Guy as new Director of Students’ Affairs; Associate Prof. Agbor Dieudonne Agbor as New Director of College of Technology  and Mr. Epoge NapoleonKang as new Director of Financial Affairs.
    The Vice-Chancellor urged them to be ever duty-conscious, to uphold the high standards of the university and ensure excellence in whatever they do.
      “The time has come for the Faculty of Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine in particular and the University of Buea in general to go into the communities and for them to really feel us; by this I mean we must design and develop short term training programs for few weeks or months and build the capacity of youth in rural areas, as well as go to the field for onsite-training”, the new Dean told reporters.

Dr.Namanga Ngongi (left),former Deputy Director,
World Food Programme, congratulates Prof.Molua
   Lytia Molua thanked Cameroon’s Head of State for endorsing the recommendation that he take over as Dean of the Faculty.
“It is an honour and a call to duty and I am ready and willing to serve the people of Cameroon and beyond”
  He noted that under his leadership, the Faculty would intensify and improve on its teaching, in such a way that students can generate knowledge, which can be used practically in the field of agriculture; we have to engage in vast research, relevant to Cameroon’s Agricultural sector and to immediate communities”
   Currently the Vice-President of Cameroon Association of Agricultural Economists (CAAE),Lytia  Molua holds a Doctor of Science Degree in Agriculture with specialization in Agricultural Policy Design and Planning from the Georg-August University of Goettingen ,Germany since 2002
   Before his current appointment as Dean, he was pioneer Head of Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, in the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine,


More facts about Professor Ernest Lytia Molua

Professor Lytia Molua
Ernest Lytia Molua, now Associate Professor, had obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1983 and proceeded to the prestigious St Joseph’s College Sasse, Buea, Cameroon, for secondary education.

In 1990, following an excellent pass in five science subjects at the Cameroon GCE Advanced Level, Lytia Molua was offered the prestigious Cameroon Government Scholarship for the best students to study abroad, and was posted to the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria where, he obtained the Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension Services in 1994, and was immediately admitted for the Master of Science programme in Agricultural Economics, and graduated in record time in 1996.

In 1997, he proceeded to Europe for further studies at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he obtained his second Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Land-Use and Natural Resources Management in July, 1999.

In September of 1999, Lytia Molua commenced Doctoral Studies at the Georg-August University of Goettingen,Germany. In November of 2002, he graduated with the Doctor of Science Degree in Agriculture with specialization in Agricultural Policy Design and Planning.

 Lytia Molua immediately returned to Cameroon and commenced teaching in 2003 at the University of Buea as a Senior Instructor in the Department of Economics and Management, in the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences.

In 2005, he was formally recruited as Assistant Lecturer by the Ministry of Higher Education, and in 2006 he rose to the rank of Lecturer. In 2006 Lytia Molua was appointed Chief of Service for National and International Cooperation of the University of Buea.

In 2008 and 2009, he embarked on some capacity- building projects which allowed him to serve as a visiting African Scholar to Makerere University in Uganda; and also to the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

In 2009 Lytia Molua was awarded the American Government sponsored US Fulbright Research Fellowship to the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

In 2010,when he returned to Cameroon Lytia Molua  was appointed as pioneer Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in the newly created Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, a capacity in which he served until 27 June 2017.

Professor Molua has won many awards, and published extensively in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Professor Molua is a visiting Professor to the University of Pretoria, South Africa, the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, Dakar, Senegal; and United Nations University for Natural Resources in Accra, Ghana. He has served as consultant to numerous United Nations agencies including the FAO, UNDP and UNEP

He is recipient of numerous research grants, and a member of some learned societies including: The Royal Economic Society of The United Kingdom, The International Association of Agricultural Economists and The African Association of Agricultural Economists.

Professor Molua, a native of Sasse village in Buea Subdivision, is married and is blessed with four children.

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