Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cameroon:Hon. Emilia Lifaka Communes with Women of Her Constituency

By Christopher Ambe 

*Sensitizes Them on Biometric Registration & Makes Huge Donations

Hon.Emilia Monjowa Lfaka
Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, Vice president of Cameroon‘s National Assembly and MP for Buea Rural(Fako East) recently  organized in Bokova-Buea what she styled a come-together for women of her constituency.

Welcoming the MP in Bokova, Mami Florence Musonge, President of FAWODA Buea East, said it was a wonderful day and that they were more than pleased with Hon.Lifaka’s constant concern for her constituents.

 The grandiose ceremony offered the Member of Parliament the opportunity to sensitize her female constituents on the new single electoral code and what biometric registration is all about. It was also an occasion for her to make huge and varied donations of house hold and farm equipment as well as food stuff -worth over two million francs, to the women who have always stood by her.
The MP received accolades from the women and village chiefs who attended the ceremony .So elated were the traditional rulers present that, they poured traditional blessings on the MP.They urged her to continue her development drive, philanthric gestures, and efforts to empower women.

Cross-section of the women
The event, described by many as a min-cultural festival also featured artistic displays, women’s fashion parade, singing and dancing competitions.
The women’s groups came from localities such as Bakingili, Sanje, Idenau, Lysoka, Bonjongo and villages of the BONAVADA area.

The ceremony was attended among other dignitaries by the Assistant DO for Buea Thierry Meboga; Dr.Amos Namanga Ngongi, President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Ngundu Francis, Southwest Regional Delegate for Secondary Education, and the Mayor of Idenau, James Elongo.
Hon. Lifaka had last year organized a similar ceremony in Bonjongo, with the same aim of empowering her female constituents.

Speaking at the well-intended Bokova ceremony, Hon Lifaka said it was just a gathering for Fako East constituency for female empowerment. She laid emphasis on the fact that unity is strength.

 While educating the gathering on what biometric registration is all about, the MP called on them to get registered when electoral registration begins. She challenged women to be one another’s keeper and to increasingly get involved in self-reliant activities.
The MP hoped her donations would help empower the women in their different domains of activity. 
Donations  from Hon. Emilia Lifaka
 The donations, which were estimated to cost over two and half million francs included: hand-trucks, wheel-barrows, buckets, cutlasses, rain boots, cooking oil, bags of rice and salts etc.

For her part, Judith Mofa, Southwest Regional Delegate for Women Empowerment and the Family, lauded Hon.Lifaka’s initiative .She advised the women to heed the MP’s call by enrolling in electoral registers when biometric registration begins. The Delegate reiterated the need for women to intensify their efforts towards their empowerment and development.

Also speaking on behalf of traditional rulers who had earlier and publicly blessed the MP, Chief of Bwitingi Mokosa John acknowledged the important role of women in effecting meaningful development. He advised the women to take advantage of their numerical strength and enroll in voter registers when biometric registration begins.

Winners of the various competitions during the ceremony were awarded prizes.
 NB:First Published in The Recorder Newspaper ,Cameroon,of May 23,2012

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