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Opinion: Biya’s 2 billion gift is turning to a national embarrassment

As the rejection made waves on social media, the ministry piloting the program quickly announced another phase, to distribute face masks to the underprivileged, perhaps a face-saving measure amidst and rural rejection of the President’s gift

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Opinion: Biya’s 2 billion gift is turning to a national embarrassment

A mayor in one of the divisional headquarters of the country has told the SDO that the gifts brought to them is insignificant and not what they need.

In a video which has gone viral, the mayor after recounting all the stuff brought to his area of jurisdiction,  says they are worth just over 940 000 francs and doesn’t represent what the people need.

He went ahead to call on the MINISTER of decentralization whom he says came with decentralization to ensure local authorities are empowered and can manage their own affairs in a diss at minister Paul Atanga Nji

But it is not the first time the local population is rebelling against the Presidential aid.

Last week, the Traditional ruler of Minkan criticized the gift, saying they are irrelevant and won’t help. His people, he was quickly silenced by the SDO who said the head of state is not to be criticized.

In Bahouan, a locality in the West, an entire village came out only to be presented one carton of soap and a bag of rice of Biya’s gifts against COVID-19, they population grumbled, abandoned the gifts  and headed back home before a powerful business elite of the area said his people couldn’t be rubbished that way- the images went viral too

These are just some of the many examples around the country where a fight meant to help the people has rather caused anger, bitterness and face rejection

The 2 billion presidential gift has been mocked on social media as different administrative areas receive theirss

Many complain about the quantity and essence of the gift which many say didn’t take into account what the people really needs

The public rejections of the gifts has transform the whole program to a national embarrassment and many say it might account to the reason why the head of state ignored the gesture during his national day address to the nation on May 19th 2020.

But the program signals a huge inside to the inner workings of Yaounde.

Many say the government hardly takes the need of the people before carrying out projects thereby forcing them to embrace whatever solution Yaounde has for them each time there is a crisis.

That buckets and few cartoons of soups are ferried with much fanfare to rural areas where many can not afford face masks, sanitizers and other necessary basics needed to combat the virus is yet another sad example of governments neglect even in times like these.

As the rejection made waves on social media, the ministry piloting the program quickly announced another phase, to distribute face masks to the underprivileged, perhaps a face-saving measure amidst and rural rejection of the President’s gift

But the rejection should remind leaders in Yaounde about the need for speedy decentralization where local communities can take care of their people based on their needs.

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Coronavirus: Mixed signals from Yaounde shows survival depends on you

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Earlier today Monday May 25th 2020, public health minister sent out a wake up call

He took to twitter to announce the worst is yet to come, saying we are entering a critical phase of the virus and more than ever before we need to respect government measures and keep social distancing to the best of our ability.

His message of social distancing and to avoid public places is consistent with his daily tweets to guard the public against contracting the deadly global pandemic.

The early morning tweet today though caries different underton, it signals we are yet to reach the peak of this virus,many more Cameroonians are likely to be infected and worst of all many more might die in the weeeks ahead especially as schools are planning to resume come June 1st 2020.

But his message of caution is in sharp contrast with government’s actions vis sa vis the fight against the virus

Government had rollback almost all the measures imposed in March to help curb the spread, deeming bars, hotels, restaurants, beeches, clubs and other services as essential and handed the burden of control back to business owners and citizens as the economy started to suffer under the weight of the lockdown.

What followed has been a spike in number of infected persons and deaths as many ignore social distancing and basic Hygienic calls

Same day government was announcing normalcy or near normalcy across the country, its public health minister was tweeting about the need for people to stay at home as much as they could, warning the risk of contracting the virus is higher and advising people to remain indoors and respect constant hygiene.

Today’s tweet on the eve of school resumption once again sadly reminds the population that the government is tasking them to fight for their very own survival amidst a deadly global pandemic

Cameroon has 4,890 infected cases this far, one of the highest in Africa.
1,865 have recovered while 165 persons have died according to latest official figures.

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Intelligent, nice and hardworking: A friend to Nkeng Lizette paints saint-like picture of deceased

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A very close friend to Nkeng Lizette, killed and abandoned at a student hostel in Buea has describe the girl as nice, hardworking and intelligent

Tifuh Sandrine who has known Lizette for years now was speaking to TeboPost this day May 25th 2020, saying her friend was anything but those she now reads on social media

She describe the deceased as reserved with strong facility values and says she was from a very comfortable home.

“ it’s pains me when I read online and Peoppe say she was dating men for me money” Tifuh told TeboPost before adding, she was from a very comfortable home, went to one of the most expensive universities in this country was was suppose to be abroad if not for coronavirus for her post graduate program

She wasn’t into men as people put it and wasn’t materialistic beceuse her family provided her with all her needs

Her remarks about the deceased is in sharp contrast to what has been trending on social media where reports say she was dating two boys for money and was allegedly killed by one of them

The corpse of Nkeng Lizette was found in a hostel in Buea on May 23 2020 while already at an advance stage of decomposition

Reports say she had been killed five days later by unidentified person(s).

She was immediately buried by the hygiene and sanitation unit of Buea council.

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June 1st School resumption: Teachers make demanding demands

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Teachers say they will Boycott June 1st School Resumption if Certain Conditions are not in Place by government to ensure smooth and safe teaching and learning  during the era of Covid-19

This is apparent from the document they issued during the week end where 19 Cameroon teachers syndicates including TAC and CATTU have declared that they will boycott the resumption of classes on June 1, 2020 if the conditions below are not met by the government

1. End of year exams be giving on basis of programs they have covered
2. Compulsory provision of sanitizer and face mask on campus
3. Risk allowance for teachers and allowance for overload
4. Not more than 24 students per class
4. Funds provided to schools to take care of health emergencies.
5. Remainder of school fees be paid to the schools among others

But amongst the numerous demands, the risk allowance for teachers has caught the eye of many Cameonians

Coming at a time when the nation like the rest of the world is suffering from the deadly pandemic, it’s only normal that teachers should fight for a safe learning space for their students and themselves

But demanding a risk allowance at a time when medics at the frontline are dying directly due to the virus and are yet to make any financial demands is seen by man as selfish in the part of the teachers

Many point to the fact that some of these teachers have not been teaching since 2016 when the Anglophone crisis started despite being paid their salaries in full and now are making strangulating demands before they go to class

Critics say Should government pay them risk allowance for teaching during the era or COVID-19, same allowance would have to be paid to all civil servants who risk their lives in one way or the other each day as they serve their nation.

Teachers they say are increasingly losing their sense of patriotism and all too often think only about their week being irrespective is the general interest.

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