By Christopher Ambe
Cameroon President Paul Biya and wife Chantal Biya ,Tuesday 18 February,landed at the newly renovated Tiko airport on their way to the historic town of Buea ,where Mr. Biya will on Thursday 20 February 2014 preside over activities marking the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Cameroon.
The British Southern Cameroons gained its independence on October 1,1961 after a UN-supervised plebiscite, by joining La Republique of Cameroun that had earlier gained its independence on January 1, 1960,to form what is today known as Cameroon.. The 50th Anniversary event was initially programed to take place in 2011,but was delayed to ensure a hitch-free celebration this year.
|President Biya and Wife,Chantal being received at Tiko Airport/Photo Credit :PRC|
The Presidential couple was accorded a hectic welcome at the Airport by the population of the South West. Thousands of people lined along the streets of Tiko through Likomba to Mutengene to catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade drive up to Buea.
The President last visited the town of Buea in 2000 , purposely to sympathize with victims of that year's Mt.Cameroon Eruption.
President Biya had promised while announcing the celebration of 50th Anniversary of Reunification,that it would be done with all the solemnity
The President's coming to Buea was preceded two days before by an ecumenical service at the Open-Air Am phi-theatre of the University of Buea and one day before by a highly attended Colloquium still at the university on the theme:"From Reunification to Integration"
Ahead of the celebrations proper,Buea has been given a facelift that it has never witnessed for decades: new roads,improved roads, street lights, renovated hotels etc.