-Francisca Biaka, Southwest Regional President, ASDECA
Recently, hundreds of youths assembled at the Buea Independence Square
at the request of ASDECA and the National Youth Council under the theme “Active Citizenship: The Way Forward.” After the forum, Mrs.Francisca Biakia,one of the converners,granted an exclusive interview to The Recorder, in which she clears the doubts of critics about ASDECA and its mission. Read on:
Mrs. Biaka Francisca, you are the SW Regional President of ASDECA.What is ASDECA?
|Mrs.Francisca Biaka:advocate of democracy and empowerment|
During the Buea Youth Forum, youth leaders from various localities jointly handed a memo to the Secretary-General of the Southwest Region, Quetong Handerson, who sat in for Governor Koumpa Issa, intended for the Head of State, Paul Biya. As one of the conveners of the forum, do you have an idea about the contents of the document?
Yes, to an extent. There is no country in the world that is 100% democratic.
is trying to strengthen its democratic structures and practices. So far, it has recorded some successes. We have a free economy. Those of us in the business sector are free to do whatever business, provided it is legally acceptable. We have a free press- journalists write what they observe and criticize even the head of state, with little or no fear. Citizens democratically elect their leaders such as mayors and MP’s.There is human rights promotion. The judiciary is independent-judges are guided in their decisions by the law and their conscience. The list is long, I can’t name all here. But I think Cameroon is a democratic state. Cameroon
You are described as a successful business woman. But the country has a growing number of unemployed youth and young graduates. What piece of advice do you have for them?
As a business person and mother I would tell Cameroonian you that, first of all, when your parents send you to school it is a blessing. It is also a contract between parents and children. The parents pay the fees and students have to study. When parents struggle and do their part of the contract, the children must respect their own commitment to study and be successful.
Once students graduate with certificates, they must believe in themselves that, they have been equipped to perform.
Go first for voluntary service in your field of specialization. While you are in there, perfom well.Once, you are performing there is no way that the employer is going to employ someone from outside other than you. So for a start, graduates should learn to volunteer to gain working experience. It is a springboard to employment.
Many would like to start a business but they lack the seed capital. What do they do?
Youths are a reservoir of talents. To secure funds is, no doubt, difficult. But good business plans can attract finances. Young graduates should learn how to conceive and design good projects and sell the ideas to sponsors. It is difficult but with a lot of efforts success is at the corner.
Before I leave you, is there anything you may want to add about ASDECA?This is what I would like the public to know about ASDECA: I have not pretended that ASDECA is an association that goes about fighting the government.ASDECA does not fight the government and will never fight the government. ASDECA instead would partner with the government, because the Government has what belongs to the citizens. And ASDECA knows which door to knock, when to knock it. It is like a lobbyist organization. So, we cannot afford to go against the government. But that does not mean we cannot draw the government’s attention to something that is wrong for adjustment. I want the public especially ASDECA members to know that, if they have any problem especially with public offices, they should come to us and ASDECA will