Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cameroon: Student Holiday Workers Smile Home with Four Million FCFA from Buea Mayor

By Christopher Ambe Shu

Mayor Moki (right) advises female students after payment

One hundred and sixty (160)students residing in Buea who were employed by the town’s  mayor for  one month period during the long vacation have been paid a total of four  million Francs CFA,with each of them  smiling home with 25,000francs. The students ranged from secondary to university level.
The 160 who were temporarily employed out of over 600 applicants were engaged in clearing of road sides, cleaning of public institutions, enforcement of hygiene and sanitation in the neighborhoods, and office assistance.
Addressing the 160 student workers on Tuesday September 6, during a brief ceremony before their payment, Buea Mayor, Charles Mbella Moki, congratulated them for contributing-through the work they did, in shaping and reshaping the town.
The mayor said the holiday job program was part of the council‘s efforts to support their Back –to School and to let students have some working experience.
Schools in Cameroon resumed on September 5, after a three month vacation.
He advised the students to invest the money in their school needs. “You can buy a pen, a book, a shirt or other valuables-as a souvenir”, he said.

The students waiting for  their payment

The Mayor said the council holiday job workers program, which is yearly, was in line of what he said “is President Paul Biya’s desire to build a nation of responsible citizens”
As he wished the students a successful school year, he also cautioned, “These are trying moments in this country and that means you put to good use your sense of responsibility and good judgment”
Speaking on behalf of all the student workers, Emmanuel Ngale Ngomba of Government High School, Bojongo, hailed the Mayor’s initiative, urging him not to relent in his efforts to support and empower youth.
Some students who spoke to The Recorder promised to use their money judiciously. “This is hard-earned money”, remarked a high school female student.

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