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Cameroon: Population urged to shun ghost towns, separatist activities in Bamenda

The population of Bamenda has pledged to accompany and support administrative authorities in ensuring a peaceful atmosphere in order to implement all earmarked projects.

They took the commitment on December 31 during an ecumenical service organized by the City Mayor of Bamenda, Paul Achobong.

The service that held at the esplanade of the Governor’s Office brought together a cross section of the population as they thanked God for seeing through 2020 and praying for more grace as they embark on a journey into the New Year.

“We are grateful that we are finally getting into another year despite all the challenges faced this year. We hope 2021 will be a better year for us and we pray the calm atmosphere that has been reigning in Bamenda should continue not only here but across the region and other parts of the country,” Yvonne Bih, a Bamenda city dweller who attended the ecumenical service said.

Like Bih, it was the wish for many city dwellers to see the town and North West Region more peaceful in 2021 as has been the case these past months.

For a peaceful town, the City Mayor of Bamenda, Paul Achobong challenged the population to adopt a civic and responsible behaviour as well as collaborate with local authorities for the development of the city.

He praised the population for turning out massively describing it as a show of solidarity which he said should be one of the characters that should cross over into 2021.

Looking back on 2020, he review activities carried out by the City Council and how the population has been of help to them. Some of these activities, he said were successful while others were a failure and said it is time to sort these failures out before moving into the New Year. Among the challenges faced this year were sporadic ghost towns which he told the population to completely banish them into 2020 as they move into the New Year.

On his part, the Governor of the North West Region, Adolphe Lele LAfrique lauded the initiative and pledged the administration’s support to the City Council and the population for a successful year.

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