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- Wednesday 19 April
Infant, maternal health action week begin April 22- 11h57
Issa Tchiroma Bakary, government’s spokesman and communication boss has announced that the action week for infant, maternal health and nutrition will start on April 22.
Going by the announcement, the week coupled with the preventive National Immunization Days (NIDs), falls within the framework of the African Immunization Week celebrated every year in April.
The aim of these activities is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in order to achieve the public health goals of sustainable development (SDG). The campaign also offers polio vaccination for all children aged 0 to 5 years, vitamin A supplementation for all children aged 6 months to 5 years, women in the immediate postpartum period, mebendazole deworming of all children aged 1 to 5 years, the Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) for pregnant women from the fourth month of pregnancy, among other interventions.
The minister of communication exhorts the national, regional and community media practitioners to help raise awareness in the bid to facilitate the success of the campaign.
- Tuesday 18 April
CAR defence minister pays working visit to Cameroon- 13h25
Joseph Lakate, minister of national defence of the Central African Republic, CAR, is currently in Cameroon on a three-day working visit.
Minister Joseph Lakate and his delegation started the working mission o April 17, by visiting Cameroon’s minister of defence, Joseph Beti Assomo where discussions centred on strides made in the stabilisation process in the Central African Republic. The duo also evoked ways of strengthening cooperation in the domain of security. Minister Joseph Lakate also visited the central command of gendermarie schools, the national museum and the training centres and the international school for security forces (EIFORCES).
During the visit, the CAR minister hailed Cameroon’s peace-keeping efforts in his country and also lauded Cameroon’s continuous training of Central African military officials.
- Monday 17 April
Higher education minister states students’ Laptop eligibility criteria- 17h56
Jacques Fame Ndongo, Cameroon’s minister of higher education, has signed a press release stating the various criteria students will have to meet to obtain the laptops promised by the Head of state to universities and private higher Institutions.
The release signed on Wednesday April 12 states that nine computer network centres shall be created and interconnected to facilitate the production of a biometric list of students including those in all the 215 recognised private higher institutions in the country.
Going by the release, students must be duly registered for the 2016/2017 academic year. It equally states that a biometric list which carries students’ identity cards shall be presented at the ministry of higher education for appropriate verifications by competent service.
Minister Fame Ndongo assures students that distribution will begin four months after the conditions have been fulfilled.
The laptop consignment estimated at CFA 75 billion was a promise made by President Paul Biya, during his 2016 youth day address.
- Thursday 13 April
Cameroon, Islamic bank partner to finance local enterprises- 16h41
Cameroon through its ministry of finance and the Islamic Development Bank,IDB, have agreed to finance small and medium size enterprises in Cameroon with approximately 15 Billion F CFA, under conditions established by Islamic financing.
The information was revealed recently in yaounde during a feedback meeting of the “Projet microfinance Nord Cameroun (PMNC)”, implemented in Cameroon’s northern regions from 2006-2010. According to officials of the ministry of finance and IBD, the project’s success in northern Cameroon motivated the duo to extend the experience to all ten regions of Cameroon.
The partnership on the SMEs financing project will not only promote SMEs, but also get the managers of these structures to be more familiar with Islamic finance, which is still new in the country. Public opinion hold that Islamic financing has many interesting opportunities for economic operators in search of financing.
- Tuesday 11 April
Niger forces claim to have killed 57 Boko Haram members- 14h00
Niger security forces say they have killed 57 members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram who attacked a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight.
Fifteen soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is around 30 km (22 miles) northeast of Diffa town, it said.
“Among the enemy there were 57 terrorists killed, a Toyota pick-up recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two RPG 7s (rocket propelled grenade launchers), five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition,” the statement said. The report could not be independently confirmed.
Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria. A regional force that includes troops from Niger has retaken much of its territory in the last two years.
In recent years its attacks have spilled into neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
- Monday 10 April
Cameroon medics announce nationwide strike action- 10h56
Medical doctors in Cameroon have said they will embark on a nationwide strike from April 17.
The doctors under the syndicate of Medical Doctors in Cameroon are decrying among other things poor salaries, integration of doctors into active service and increase in retirement age of doctors from 55 to 65 years.
According to the Syndicate, the government has been side-lining most of their demands for a long time. The strike action will see the doctors down their medical tools from 17 to 19 April, and from 15 to 17 May, followed by another strike action from 12 to 14 June. If concrete answers are not given to their problems, the doctors say they will embark on an indefinite strike action as from July 17, 2017.
They however state that they will still provide minimum service like surgical, obstetric and paediatric emergencies, in-patient follow-up, on-call and on-call services to the public.
- Friday 07 April
ELECAM registers 100.000 new voters- 10h35
Elections Cameroon, has said it has registered over 100.000 new voters since the start of the revision of electoral lists in January 2017.
The detail was made known to the public April 6 as board members met in Yaounde to discuss the progress report on the construction of ELECAM’s new office, the 2016 management account of ELECAM and the progress report of the directorate general from January to March 2017.
According to the figures, the Centre region recorded the highest number of newly registered voters and the South West region was at the tail of the chart. The session was presided over by Board Chair, Dr Samuel Fonkam Azu’u.
- Wednesday 05 April
Fire outbreak at Douala airport ravages SODECOTTON warehouse- 11h05
Fire has consumed part of the Douala Autonomous Port. The fire which started early Monday April 3 consumed a cotton warehouse belonging to the Cotton Development Cooperation, SODECOTTON.
SODECOTTON sources revealed that the fire ravaged about 2500 tons of cotton stocked in the warehouse deep inside the Douala Port. Fire fighters and marines stationed at the autonomous ports battled tirelessly with the flames to prevent it from spreading. The cause of the fire is still unknown but competent authorities are presently investigating.
Song to visit southern Cameroons- 10h47
Former captain of the indomitable lions, Rigobert Song has announced that he would be visiting southern Cameroons in order to thank the people of the North West and South West regions for praying for healing when he suffered a stroke.
Song made the announcement over state radio network April 4. Rigobert Song recently returned from France where he received medical care allegedly paid for by the government.
Since his announcement many english speaking Cameroonians have criticised the move stating that Song must have a hidden agenda. Many are of the opinion that Song should have first condemn the rapes, killings and abductions currently going on in anglophone Cameroon before organising a visit.
According to them the former captain’s visit is part of Biya plans to restrain the ongoing anglophone crisis which has plagued socio cultural activities for months.
- Tuesday 04 April
Drainage sludge market to produce energy for households in Douala- 12h05
Fritz Ntone Ntone, government delegate to the Douala Urban community has presented a project aimed at structuring drainages to produce energy for households.
The project according to government officials will organise a market for the 1,300 m3 of drainage sludge produced on a daily basis in the economic capital, and of which barely 50% is actually processed; to produce energy for households and thus protect the environment.
Even though the initiative is globally approved, discussions between the programme stakeholders over how to raise the funds necessary to its implementation are still underway. While some recommend the collection of a cleaning tax, others are mentioning the possibility of public-private partnerships, which will require the involvement of local governments, households and companies operating in the drainage sector.
- Monday 03 April
Two female suicide bombers attack north Cameroon town- 18h21
Two young female suicide bombers attacked a town in Cameroon’s Far North region early on Monday March 3.
One of the bombs exploded in Mora behind the technical school. Authorities said, the strike is linked Boko Haram group. Fighters from Boko Haram have killed thousands in their campaign to carve out an Islamist state in their base in northeast Nigeria and have also launched attacks in neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
The group has frequently used female bombers and children to hit targets. Suicide bombers have launched attacks in Mora, about 30 km (20 miles) from the Nigerian border, several times before.
Similar attacks used to happen on an almost daily basis in Cameroon but the International Crisis Group reported this month that the frequency had fallen since September, leading analysts to believe Boko Haram was weakening there. However Monday’s attack reveal that the attacks are far from over.
- Friday 31 March
Indomitable Lions: Eto’o reacts on Lion’s Brussels scandal- 12h27
Samuel Eto’o, former captain of the indomitable Lions of Cameroon has reacted to the scandal that has rocked the national football team in Brussels.
Eto’o made his opinion known on Thursday stating that the recent affair in Belgium falls in line with what he has always criticised in the management of Cameroon football.
The Cameroun football legend said that history has finally vindicated him because he often suffered the wrath of the leaders of the Cameroonian Football Federation when he happened to denounce the bad organisation of the national team.
The Lions were blocked in a hotel in the Belgian capital, Brussels. The players were refused food before a friendly against Guinea Conakry due to unpaid bills.
- Thursday 30 March
Cameroon celebrates Queen’s baton relay- 17h32
Cameroon has joined some Commonwealth nations to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay.
The Baton which brings all the Commonwealth countries together, travels to every nation, taking the Queen’s message around the world, inviting not only the nations but the people to come to Glasgow and be part of the games.
Welcoming the Baton in yaounde, Brian Olley, British High Commissioner to Cameroon, said the Baton and the Queen’s message are a symbol of unity amongst the Commonwealth Family of nations.
“The tradition of the QBR brings together athletes from the past, with athletes around the world now in training and looking forward to competition in Glasgow, with inspiring athletes, those who are perhaps still at school- so connecting the youth, our future with the past and the present” he said.
With so much conflict around the world, he said sport is a magnificent medium to remind people that the important things in life are the simplest: family, health education and shared values.
Olley underlined the links between Cameroon, the United Kingdom and all the Commonwealth nations particularly, Nigeria, South Africa and Canada with high Commissions in Yaounde.
- Wednesday 29 March
National Assembly: MPs empower youth farmers in south region.- 13h51
Some members of Parliament have handed over 100 watering cans and other farm tools to youth farmers in the South region.
The MPs led by House speaker, Cavaye Yegiue Djebriel, visited the region March 28 to boost small scale farmers who are into agro-industrial production and encourage their engagements in agro-pastoral activities. Their first stop was at an agro-industrial production unit, where the pineapple fruit and other food crops are transformed to finished products. Impressed with the entrepreneurial skills and the full engagement of the youths in the unit, the House Speaker promised his support and that of the National Assembly.
Hon Cavaye also hailed the number of young persons who have heeded to the instructions of President Biya by investing in agriculture. He urged youths to be job creators so they can in turn employ others.
- Tuesday 28 March
UB students, lecturers timidly resume classes- 15h15
Students and lecturers of the University of Buea, UB, have timidly resumed classes according to sources in Buea.
The resumption, we gathered came after Leaders of the University of Buea Chapter of the National Union of Teachers of Higher Education, SYNES-UB, suspended indefinitely a strike action they had initiated on November 21, 2016.
SYNES had join the anglophone struggle in calling for educational and political reforms, insisting on a return to a two-state. Throughout the struggle, the University of Buea was the hotspot of violent clashes between soldiers and unarmed students who were protesting the payment of late admission fees late in 2016.
It is not clear if the current timid resumption of classes will be effective in the days ahead.
- Monday 27 March
Afro basket eliminatory: Chad succumbs to Cameroon- 18h33
Cameroon’s national basketball team crushed Chad by 75 to 62 points in the opening game of the Afro basket Zone IV qualifiers at the yaounde multipurpose sports complex.
The Chadian team which proofed tough throughout the game, succumbed to the basketball lions giving them the headway to win the lone ticket in group I to qualify for the Afro basket tournament.
After the win, Chadian head coach Nodjimadji, seemed optimistic as he declared that his team will take its revenge during the return leg.
Meanwhile, Felix Thierry Bogmis, Cameroon’s coach urged the players to be focused and avoid errors during the next match against Gabon. The Cameroon Basket Ball team is expected to play against Gabon this Monday 27th March 2017 at 4:00 pm Cameroon time.
National Assembly: MPs partner with German organisation to fight climate change- 18h31
The Pan African Parliamentary Network has partnered with a German organisation, the Conrad and Noel Foundation to coordinate and address climate change issues in Cameroon
The duo signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday March 27 at the National assembly, aimed at ensuring a strict application of issues relating to the fight against climate change in Cameroon
The Resident representative of the German foundation and the Director of Climate Policy and Energy Security Programme for Sub-saharan Africa, Professor Olivier Ropel, signed for the foundation while Honorable Awudu Mbaya signed for the Pan African Parliamentary Network.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the House Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Cavaye Yegiue Djebriel. The MOU is part of the activities of the parliamentary action on climate change.
Another anglophone lawyer arrest send many into hiding- 13h11
The arrest of Barrister Robert Fon, Human rights lawyer and former President of Northwest Common Law Lawyers’ Association, on Thursday, March 16 has forced many lawyers in the town to go into hiding.
Many prominent Bamenda lawyers have fled the town for fear of being arrested. Barrister Robert Fon was summoned to the Northwest Governor’s office where he was arrested and whisked off to Yaounde. No charges have been leveled against him yet.
Anglophone crisis: UB union leaders suspend strike- 12h11
Leaders of the University of Buea Chapter of the National Union of Teachers of Higher Education, SYNES-UB, have suspended indefinitely a strike action initiated on November 21, 2016.
Prof. James Arrey Abangma and Sango Martin, respectively President and Vice President of SYNES-UB, announced the suspension in Buea, Friday March 24, after resurfacing from their hideouts. The officials said they were suspending the strike and calling on students of the University of Buea to return to lecture halls under “extraordinary circumstances.”
While suspending the strike, SYNES-UB insisted government should release members of SYNES-UB and university students arrested in connection to the ongoing crisis. The outfit also urged the authorities to ensure the proper implementation of the resolutions of the Inter-Ministerial Ad Hoc Committee.
In order to ensure the smooth resumption of classes, SYNES-UB called for the restoration of internet in the affected regions as well as the demilitarization of the academic community.
- Friday 24 March
Two million Cameroonians suffered from bilharzia in 2016Journal du Cameroun - 09h47
A report published by the national programme for the fight against Schistosomiasis and helminthiasis shows two million Cameroonians suffered from bilharzia in 2016. The study shows children aged between six and 15 were the most affected.
During the first conference organised in Yaounde recently to accelerate the fight against this disease in Cameroon, the health experts present, said that the contamination comes through fresh water during activities such as water chores and laundry in rivers. Experts say fishermen and farmers are the most threatened.
As for symptoms, the patient may experience abdominal pain. He/she may have dysentery with stools containing mucus and blood or inflammation of the bladder and bloody urinea.
Cameroon-Italy economic forum- 09h31
The minister of economy, planning and regional development has revealed some of the key issues discussed during the Cameroon-Italy economic forum that was held in Italy on March 22 during President Biya’s visit to Italy. During the three-day visit, Biya and his delegation a held working session on potential economic cooperations between both countries.
At a time when African countries are looking for means of adding value to their natural resources before commercialisation, Cameroon’s economy minister is calling on Italian industries to invest in Cameroon and transform the country’s raw materials locally.
He said though Cameroon has good economic relationships with China and France, cooperation with Italian businessmen would be particularly beneficial to local small and medium sized enterprises which make up between 80-90 percent of companies in Cameroon.
- Wednesday 22 March
Collapsing wall kills three in Douala- 16h59
Three people have died in Bonadouma Home in the Trocadéro neighbourhood in Douala after a building collapsed onto a group of people. Three of the surviving victims of the accident which occurred on Monday, are currently receiving treatment.
The corpses of the deceased were taken to the morgue of the La Quintini Hospital in Douala. Firefighters say the house that collapsed was pulled down by a retaining wall of a nearby structure under construction.
Anglophone Crisis: Ayah Paul’s liberation appeal gets rejected- 11h40
The Mfoundi High Court in Yaounde has rejected Ayah Paul’s application for unconditional release. Ayah’s lawyers had filed an application at the Supreme Court stating amongst other things that the advocate general was illegally arrested on January 21, 2017 at his residence.
Barrister Ndong Christopher, one of the defense counsel says arresting Ayah on Saturday which was a weekend, is in contradiction with the Criminal Procedure Code which forbids arrest of someone on public holidays or weekends unless that person is caught committing a crime. The lawyers of Ayah Paul have hinted they could apply against the rejection.
Ayah Paul who is also president of the Popular Action Party, PAP, has now spent two months in custody at the defense State Secretariat. All efforts by his family to get him released due to poor health has equally been rejected.
Mancho Bibixy critically ill in detentionJournal du Cameroun - 09h20
Mancho Bibixy, one of the detained activists who is accused of playing a vital role in the instigation of minority English-speaking Cameroonians to rise up against the government, is said to be critically sick in the dungeons of the Kondengui maximum security prison in Yaounde.
The activist was arrested in mid-January this year in Bamenda and transferred overnight to Yaounde. He is said to have spent over 400,000FCFA since he fell sick three weeks ago. Mancho Bibixy, alias BBC who is expected to appear before the military tribunal in Yaounde tomorrow for a second time, is facing charges of terrorism, rebellion, revolt against the state etc and may be sentenced to death, if proven guilty.
Reports say he and his family are unable to pay for his treatment in the prison to the extent that he is pleading for sympathisers to assist him.
Brazzaville-Yaoundé corridor half-way doneBusiness in Cameroon - 09h04
Philémon Zo’o Zame, Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Works, took delivery recently of the Djoum-Mintom road stretch (98 km) as part of the project to develop the Ketta-Djoum lot 2 road, integrated in the transport facilitation project on the Brazzaville-Yaoundé corridor (Congo-Cameroon).
“The construction of the Djoum-Mintom road approved without reservations should be a great source of satisfaction for the company as progressing in the works in this area which is particularly uneven and deep into the equatorial forest with a high index of rainfall was not an easy task”, praised Philémon Zo’o Zame. The geometrical features of the work are those of a road with a 7.5m large pavement and twoshoulders covered with double surface dressings of 2.00m each. The reference speed is 60 km/hour on hilly surfaces and 80 km/hour on flat surfaces.
With 91.7% of the funding from the African Development Fund (ADF) and 8.3% from the Cameroonian government, this section of the corridor required a total of FCfa 55.396 billion.
- Tuesday 21 March
Samuel Eto’o Fils sensitises youths in YaoundeJournal du Cameroun - 11h58
Samuel Eto’o Fils, Cameroonian football icon, is presently at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex, sensitising youths on education, health, sports and career paths. This is in line with his new engagement as UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador for Cameroonian youth.
He will hold a press conference at 5pm this evening at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel in the presence of UNIICEF officials. It will be an occasion for the internationally celebrated footballer to officially declare his engagement with UNICEF and his plans to support the improvement of the living standards of the youth in Cameroon.
2017 CAF Championship: Apejes of Mfou kicked out- 10h48
Apejes of Mfou has been kicked out of the 2017 Confederation of African Football Championship despite it’s 1-0 win over Asec Mimosas of Abidjan.
Apejes of Mfou leaves the competition on a 2-1 aggregate after they were defeated 2-0 during in the away leg by Asec Mimosar.
The Mfou team, joins Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda who was defeated by the Club Sfatien of Tunisia despite their one all tie during the return leg.
Meanwhile, Coton sports of Garoua is the only local Cameroonian team that has qualified for the quater-finals stage of the competition after defeating CNAPS of Madagascar.
UMS of Loum was earlier booted out of the competition by the FC Leopards of Congo
Cameroon plays against Tunisia, Guinea Conakry on March 24, 28Journal du Cameroun - 09h19
Cameroon will play two friendly matches this month. The national football team will play against Tunisia on March 24 and another match against Guinea Conakry on Tuesday March 28.
The Indomitable Lions are currently training in Bruxelle, Belgium where they will play against Guinea Conakry in the city’s 12 thousand seater Edmond Machtens Stadium. Before clashng with Guinea Conakry, the Lions will travel on March 22 to Tunisia from Belgium where they will play against the Tunisian national football team at the Monastir stadium on March 24.
The friendly encounters are expected to prepare the Lions for the FIFA Confederations Cup scheduled to take place in Russia.
- Wednesday 15 March
Bilingualism, Multiculturalism Promotion Commission, List of Members- 18h09
Bilingualism, Multiculturalism Promotion Commission, List of Members
President Paul Biya, today appointed members of the newly created national commission for the promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism. Below is a full list of the members;
Chairman: Peter Mafany Musonge
Vice Chairman: Oumarou Djika Saïdou
Ama Tutu Muna
Anguoin née Ndanga Françoise
Mbappè née Tiki Ngonde Ndjo’o Agnès
Abbé Jean-Marie Bodo
Abouem à Tchoyi David
Ahmadou Mohamadou Baba
Efoua Mbozo’o Samuel
Halle Nicodemus Ndessi
Itoe Mutanga Benjamin
Mbafor Jean-Marc Afessi
Ngambo Fonjo Pierre Vincent
Ngwane George Essambe
- Tuesday 14 March
At least 60 shops burned down at bamenda food market- 14h40
A severe fire incident has reduced at least 60 shops at the Bamenda Food market in the North West region into ashes.
The fire which started around 2am March 14, is said to have consumed contents such as bags of Rice, garri, sugar, soap amongst others.
Though the cause of the fire is not known, traders suspect a criminal act because a day before some tracks circulated warning traders who have continued to sell on ghost town days. Traders at the Food market in Bamenda have accused others from Bamenda main market and neighbouring markets that flee their sites on ghost town days to sell at the food market.