From Bakah Derick in Bamenda
The Fon of Nkwen has announced tough sanctions for Quarters and Quarter Heads that will be found guilty of not respecting prevention measures against the coronavirus pandemic.His Majesty Fon SF Azehfor III was speaking on Sunday June 28 at the Nkwen Palace esplanade during an event organised by the Nkwen Cultural and Development Association NCDA to donate hand wash stations to quarters of the Fondom.
HM Fon Azehfor III of Nkwen speaking during the 2nd phase of the NCDA COVID-19 response initiative
While acknowledging the seriousness of the pandemic and the necessity to strictly implement prevention measures, the monarch thanked sons and daughters of Nkwen at home and abroad who heard his appeal for prevention kits to be made available in all parts of the Fondom and donated generously and promptly to meet the need.
To ensure the donated items are effectively put used, the Fon considered a masquerade in the land warned "I will want to announced this decision with the approval of the Kwifor. Any quarter head who will not ensure that there is water or soap in the hand wash station will be made to pay a fine of ten goats, five jugs of palmwine and a basket of colanuts.... I will also pay unannounced visits to quarters to ensure that every quarter is effectively using the hand wash stations. If I see anyone not wearing the facemask I will ensure he or she wears it. Same for the washing of hands."
Fongu Cletus Tanwe Mayor of Bamenda III speaking during the 2nd phase of the NCDA COVID-19 response initiative
Corroborating, the Mayor to the Bamenda III council Fongu Cletus Tanwe extended words of gratitude to NCDA worldwide; donors of the coronavirus pandemic prevention kits. According to the municipal head himself a notable of Nkwen, NCDA remains a credible development agent which should be supported and encouraged by all Nkwen sons and daughters.
Paul Asafor NCDA National President speaking during the 2nd phase of the NCDA COVID-19 response initiative
Paul Asafor National President of NCDA noted that it took Nkwen sons and daughters at home and abroad a period of less than two months to realise the two phased project which is an indication that more can be done if everyone accompanies the association in her development initiatives." The rapid response to the COVID-19 prevention project is an indication that if we are together we can do more for the village" he said. The President extended his words of appreciation to all branch leaders both in Cameroon and abroad for contributing overwhelmingly towards the success of the project.
Cross section of community volunteers charged with sensitisation
Presenting the project, the project coordinator Louis Nformbelie Ngwa detailed that NCDA was handing over 100 untouchable hand wash stations and 600litres of liquid soap to the 58 quarters that make up Nkwen Fondom. This he said is phase II of a project started about two months ago with the distribution of face masks, hand sanitisers and training of community sensitisation agents. According to the project coordinator, COVID-19 prevention project in Nkwen has consumed over 13million FCFA with a lot of volunteering services offered by those who love the Fondom.
Cross section of the 100 hand wash stations
"Phase one of the project involved the training of volunteers from all the 58 quarters of Nkwen on ways to halt the spread of the corona virus. The training took place at the Nkwen Fon’s Palace and the volunteers were then sent to their quarters to sensitize the indigenes on COVID-19. Phase two of the project, a follow up of other initiatives that have seen mass distribution of face masks and sanitizers will ensure the presence of at least one 220 liters capacity hand wash station and soap in all of the fifty-eight quarters of the Fondom. Some 42 stations will also be placed at strategic locations including schools, churches and markets around Nkwen." Louis Nformbelie Ngwa said.
600litres of liquid soap displayed during the during the 2nd phase of the NCDA COVID-19 response initiative
"I have been making an effort in my quarter to fight this disease. I have two hand wash buckets adapted with taps which I take to place where we have events even in neighbouring quarters like Ntahbekieh. I am very happy with the way my Fon has been talking about this. I will like to thank all our children abroad for thinking bout our health and for supporting us. I will ensure that this gifts are properly used by all in the quarter." John Ngu sister head for Mbelem said.
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