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This is what happened during the prime minister’s visit to the North West region!


As reported by Wambo Emmanuel for The Sun Newspaper:

The Prime Minister and Head of Government, Philemon Yang, has just finished his tour of the seven divisions of the North West region with mission to see the effective resumption of schools in the region, after similar attempts were made by North West Governor, Adolphe Lele L’Afrique, and failed.


After the PM’s meeting with education stakeholders of Mezam on Monday, March 6, 2017, to sort out issues blocking effective school resumption, many aspects were identified and presented to the PM as key problems hindering the back to school crusade by top government officials, political elites and even the clergy. 


The points raised by political elites, principals and parents during the Bamenda meeting included; the continuous militarisation of the region; kidnappings; abductions and arrests of persons by forces of law and order and above all, the internet shutdown in the two Anglophones regions. These they said should be resolved before schools will resume without fear.




Some political elites attempted to raise arguments in favour of schools resumption and against the current strikes were hushed down by the population.
The only issue identified by PM Yang as the way forward is the issue of fear. He pleaded that while government is doing everything to yield to the demands of the teachers and also try those in detention, the parents and proprietors of schools should abandon fear and send their children to school.


After the Bamenda dialogue between the PM, teachers’ trade unions, school principals, head teachers, parents, religious heads, local authorities, elites and others stakeholders with hope that school was to effectively start on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, as assured by the education stakeholders, this is still to happen. 


There has been no sign of school resumption in any of the divisions across the region. The parents who took the engagement of sending their children to school have not. The campuses of higher, secondary and primary schools have remained empty, raising so many unanswered questions from both the administration and those who assured the PM of effective school resumption. 
The SDO for Ngoketunjia Division, Kuela Valerie Norbert, in an attempt to seek lasting solutions for effective schools start, told THE SUN during the PM’s stopover in his division that the kwifor, which is the greatest secret society of many fondoms in the North West region, remains the only answer.
It should be noted that on the eve of the PM’s visit to the North West region, some buildings of the Department of Science and Modern Medicine of the University of Bamenda, were reportedly set ablaze even despite the tight security on the campus by the powers that be.


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