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Polio Vaccination: Second Round National Campaign begins July 1

By Bakah Derick  A national vaccination campaign against polio is expected to kick off this Friday 1 July 2022 across Cameroon. According to sources at the country's ministry of health, the campaign will run till Sunday 3 targeting children 0-5 years in households, hospitals and related health facilities, markets and other public places.  The campaign is the second this year after the first which was carried out from the 10 to 15 May. Though Cameroon was declared polio free in 2020, has gathered that the country is facing a polio epidemic due to the emergence of new strains of poliovirus.  With the new strains as dangerous as the wild Poliovirus, the country's health authorities have classified the situation as "a public health emergency" thus necessitating a two round vaccination response campaign. Parents are encouraged to ensure the vaccination of their children.  Polio it should be recalled is a highly infectious disea

Business: Njamnsi Roland dedicates mansion, celebrates birthday with community, local, foreign partners

By Bakah Derick on assignment in Douala International business mogul Roland Njamnsi has dedicated what he describes as his "magnificent edifice" at the outskirts of Douala Cameroon. The dedication of the stately home added to his birthday celebration which took place on Monday 27 June 2022.  Roland Njamnsi and wife at Mansion dedication and birthday party  To mark these two events, the successful blockchain entrepreneur organised a dual feast for his Bois de signes community, local and foreign business partners.  Reflecting during the mansion dedication service, the Rev Nchambili of the Littoral field of the Cameroon Baptist Convention prayed for peace, grace and comfort in the home of Roland Njamnsi and family.  The village Chief who also attended the dedication during the cutting of the opening ribbon appreciated Roland Njamnsi for making his community beautiful with houses often seen only in films from Nigeria, Europe and America. He prayed his ance

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2022: NW, Cameroon Situation Reviewed

By Rose Afanwi  In the North West Region, drug abuse and illicit trafficking is reportedly on the rise.. The consumption of drugs like marijuana, tramadol and alcohol have increased tremendously among the youth.  Talking to some people on the streets of bamenda to identify the types of drugs youths consume and why, some people opine that youths take these drugs to muster courage  to carry out criminal activities while others believe that these drugs are consumed for prestige.  Criminal acts like Rape, theft and murder are amongst the  crimes many in Bamenda say have increased over the years. The situation has aggravated with the close to five years ongoing armed conflict in the two English speaking regions of the country. Inhabitants of Bamenda attribute this rising phenomenon to abuse of drugs consumed at random.  "I think Marijuana and tramadol are the drugs youths consume on a daily basis in Bamenda. Pharmacies still sell these drugs without the knowledge of the aut

Cybersecurity Training: Persons with Disabilities salute ANTIC for inclusion

By Shey Godbless  Persons living with Disabilities (PWDs) who attended the three day capacity building seminar for Regional and Divisional Delegates as well as personnel of state agencies in the North West Region recently organised by the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC) have described the seminar as successful while expressing the wish for more.  The PWDs have noted that it was not just the inclusive nature of the seminar that made them happy, but also the outcome per their positions in society which is often neglected by many seminar organizers in the country.   According to Ngum Veronica who is a leader of a group of women living with disabilities, the three days were life transforming for people living with disabilities as far as the subject matter was concerned. She indicated that people living with disabilities had enormous challenges in accessing the internet and generally the digital world based on the diversification of their d

Computer Literacy: CCHRHA launches holiday training for IDPs and War victims

By Nfor Nkfu The Coalition Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance (CCHRHA) has launched a holiday computer training program for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and war victims in Tiko ,South West region. The program according to CCHRHA's Executive President , is tailored to provide the targeted trainees with skills necessary to upgrade professionalism and fight against idleness during holidays. "Our intention is to train some IDPs and war victims on computer studies and upgrade their professional skills in Secretariat work. This is to prepare them for future use" Nchanji Roland Njeba, CCHRHA, Executive President said  He furthered that, "besides, it will go along way to fight against idleness and social crimes in the society. This is part of our sustainable development projects for the youths" Beneficiaries expressed gratitude promising to take the training very seriously for their own good. "I am particu

International Widows Day 2022: The pain of a widow in Baba village North West Cameroon

By Ngwa Jolenta Rose Afanwi  For some women in the North West region of Cameroon, losing their husbands also means a long-term fight for their basic rights, income, and possibly their children.  In some parts of the region, there are widowhood rites that many observers deem as dehumanizing.They include sleeping on the floor for months, walking barefoot, and eating only from a particular plate. There is a woman in Baba one village, in Ngoketunjia division called Grace Anwe, who lost her husband about four years ago. On the occasion of the international widows' day, she recounted what she describes as the ordeal of widowhood.  "Immediately my husband died at the  shishong hospital, my husband phone was sized from me, the key to our medicine store was taken and the key of our room. As tradition demands I was given a small mattress to sleep on one corner of the floor of my living room till when his corpse will be buried "  Her suffering, began the mome

Cybercrime: ANTIC on offensive in North West as armed conflict sparks increase

By Bakah Derick  The National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC) is back in the North West region for the second time in less than 10 months for what can arguably be described as an offensive against cybercrime. For three days from Wednesday 22 June 2022, ANTIC authorities and their team of experts will be sharing knowledge with state personnel from regional and divisional delegations as well as related state agencies in an effort to combat rising cybercrime in the region.  ANTIC General Manager, Prof Ebot Ebot Enaw  Talking to on the sidelines of the ongoing seminar, the regional branch manager for ANTIC, Ngwang Yufenyuy Landry admitted that cybercrime in the North West was on the rise adding that there was need for something to be done reason why his institution started with the capacity building seminars.    North West Regional Branch Manager,  Ngwang Yufenyuy Landry  "From the studies we did prior to the

Cybersecurity: ANTIC begins training of state Institutions in the North West

By Bakah Derick  The agency charged with the monitoring and promotion of government's actions in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has begun a three day capacity building seminar on cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime for agencies, regional and divisional delegations of the North West region. Participants at the seminar listening to the opening remarks of the General Manager represented by the North West Branch Manager Ngwang Landry  The seminar which opened this Wednesday 22 June 2022 in Bamenda according to the General Manager of the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC) Prof Ebot Ebot Enaw is intended to "enlighten personel of devolved government services on the legal and technical aspects of cybersecurity as well as the best practices to be adopted in the cyberspace."  Speaking during the opening,  the North West Branch Manager Ngwang Landry on behalf of the General Manage

Number plate saga: North West car owners on a cliff

By Shey Godbless  Car owners around the city of Bamenda have been expressing their frustration following decisions by separatist and government on the use of number plates in the city and North West region in general.  Cameroon number plates  Separatists fighting for a new country; Ambazonia with the North West as part of the territory had declared the use of the CEMAC number plates illegal in the region. Since their outing largely on social media as has been the case for over five years now, the CEMAC number plates started disappearing from cars as days went by. Testimonies by car owners with the CEMAC number plate of harassment by armed individuals are many.  In a recent circular letter directed by North West Governor to senior divisional officers in relation to the obligationto to carry a CEMAC number plate, the region's chief administrator writes: "It has been observed with indignation that more and more vehicles are circulating within the North Wes

Cameroon Bar Council: Barrister Mbah Eric Mbah elected 14th President

By Bakah Derick  Barrister Mbah Eric Mbah has been elected president of the Cameroon Bar Council. The current Bar Council President representative for the North West emerged winner of a highly contested election in Yaoundé on Monday 20 June 2022.  Barrister Mbah Eric Mbah New President of the Cameroon Bar Council  The native of Momo Division North West region finished top after vote counts with 1285 votes against Memong Phillipe with 969 votes, Ntoko Justice 210 votes and Titanji Ernest: 75 votes. The 52 years old legal mind happened to be the youngest candidate on the race. During  his campaign, he indicated that some of the laws protecting his colleagues were becoming obsolete just like the basic laws of the council. He advocated for methodic professional development within the law community.  With the mantra "Ubuntu" meaning I am because we are in Zulu, the graduate of the University of Yaounde II Soa hopes to work for the improvement of