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Agriculture: North West Cooperative Association gets new leadership, sets greater ambitions

By Bakah Derick  The North West Cooperative Association (NWCA) Ltd now has a new leadership. The new leaders emerged from the 2022 Elective General Assembly (EGA) held at the association's head office in Nkwen Bamenda on Friday 6 January 2022. The elections which started with the board of directors produced a new board President and vice as well as the supervisory board.  Enter NWCA Elections  As defined by the organic text of the cooperative unions, getting to the level of NWCA for elections require a rigorous process. Elections have to be organised from the cooperative societies to the area unions and then the apex organization. After fulfilling all the requirements at the different lower tier structures, January 6, 2023 was set as the election date.  Delegates Voting during the elective general assembly  Standing unopposed, Ndikwa Peter Bayo from Oku Area Cooperative Union Ltd was voted president of the 11 manned board of directors of the cooperative association. He

Opinion: Chronicling Gains On Path To Peace in NW, SW

By Cham Victor Bama  At the close of 2018, the sociopolitical atmosphere in the North West and South West regions was cataclysmic.  The level of violence and destruction had hit unprecedented heights with many fearing for the worst. Paul Biya: President of Cameroon  But President Paul Biya, in his usual wisdom opted for a fresh approach to address the concerns of the people of the two English-speaking regions.  He made known his resolve when he addressed the nation at the end of 2018.  Thus, the country entered 2019 with a new government under the directive of the Head of State given firm instructions to take actions towards turning the tides around.  With this new Presidential resolve, came a change in government.  President Biya reshuffled the cabinet. He pumped in new blood, giving many a reason to hope for goodies in restoring normalcy in the North West and South West regions.  The big name entrusted with making real   government’s resolve to put order in the North West

World Braille Day 2023: CSO leaders react to CHRC statement, make more demands

By Bakah Derick  Leaders of Civil Society Organizations have reacted favourably to the statement by the Cameroon Human Rights Commission (CHRC) ahead of the 2023 World Braille Day. The statement published on Tuesday January 3, 2023 nearly 24hours to the observance urges government to provide teaching materials to support visually impaired and ensure information accessibility for visually impaired at all levels.  (R) Peter Tonain HSUVI and (L) Chick Sama (CUAPWD)  Reacting to the statement, the president of Hope Social Union for Visually Impaired (HSUVI) hailed the national rights commission for considering their plight on such an important issue.  "I hail the statement by the Human Rights Commission to ask the government to spread the awareness and by training more persons on the usage of braile. I think this is a welcome relief." Peter Tonain said  "It is a very good move by the Cameroon Human Rights Commission to call on government and private s

World Braille Day: National Rights Commission urges government to equip schools, train teachers, ensure access to information for visually impaired.

By Bakah Derick  The Cameroon Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has recommended the provision of "teaching materials (Braille tablets, punches, Braille paper, etc.) to support the visually impaired." The Recommendation is contained in a statement issued by the national rights commission to mark the 2023 edition of World Braille Day.  World Braille Day   The Commission recommends that the Ministries of Basic Education, Secondary Education and Higher Education should equip schools and universities with Braille transcription equipment and train teachers to master Braille.The Commission strongly recommends that the Ministry of Decentralization and Local Development, and all the local authorities, should ensure that disability is taken into account at the local level by providing access to information at the level of the Regions and Municipalities." The Commission notes in their introduction.  The Commission has expressed satisfaction with the recent  registration  o

PCC: Increase humanitarian work, Construct Hospital, Schools, Win souls for Christ targeted in 2023.

By Bakah Derick  The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) has indicated his readiness to direct the church into more humanitarian work, construction of a hospital, completion of schools and continous evangelism in search for more souls for Christ. The Rt. Rev Fonki Samuel Forba was speaking recently while evaluating 2022 and making projections for 2023.  The Rt Rev Fonki Samuel, Moderator Presbyterian Church in Cameroon.  According to the PCC Chief Shepherd, the church reached out to over 60.000 persons in need within 2022 as part of her humanitarian mission which was insignificant compared to those who were seeking assistance from the church.  "Last year we touched atleast 60.000 souls in humanitarian activities at all levels of the church. It was not an easy task because everybody was looking up to the church as a source of hope but because the church was really deep into the crisis in Anglophone Cameroon, we were unable to meet the need

Business: SABC maintains closeness with communities

By Bakah Derick  Cameroon's lead brewer Société Anonyme des boissons du Cameroun (SABC) has maintained its close relationships with communities in the North West Region as 2022 comes to a close.  Boissons du Cameroun visibility material at FEHACU 2022 For two days, SABC made an imposing presence at the gateway into the Bamenda III Festival of Heritage Arts and Culture with a variety of products on display. They were one of the sponsors of the festival. The institution didn't only give drinks at exceptional affordable rates but also gave finances and other forms of support including water and drinks to accompany the organization. has gathered that a way from the festival, SABC has continued to collaborate with Fondoms in the North West Region as part of their cooperate social responsibility. Away from Mankon where an event to celebrate the life of the immediate past Fon Fo Angwafo III is ongoing, SABC has been ensuring that other tr

FEHACU 2022: Curtains drop on a high note with facts that speak

By Bakah Derick   The 2022 edition of the Bamenda III Festival of Heritage Arts and Culture (FEHACU) has ended with the organizers expressing satisfaction following the participation of several artists, exhibitors, community members, visitors cultural and traditional groups amongst others.  Activities at FEHACU cultural village  Speaking during the closing event, the Fon of Nkwen HRM Fon Azehfor III and the Mayor of the Bamenda III Council expressed gratitude to all who spared their time for the two-day festival. This according to the authorities shows a mark of love for culture as well as commitment to preserve and promote such valuable heritage.  Mayor Fongu Cletus has appreciated the several partners and sponsors who agreed to accompany the council promising that next year will be bigger and better.  Some facts about FEHACU 2023 Carnival walk  The event started with a carvival walk from Foncha Junction to the Nkwen palace led by the Fon of Nkwen, his colleagu

FEHACU 2022: Nourivit educate local farmers on quality crop, Livestock products

By Bakah Derick  The Austrian based company Nourivit Technologies has used the two-day Bamenda III Festival of Heritage Arts and Culture (FEHACU) to educate farmers on the need to use its crop production and livestock products.  Some Nourivit products on display at FEHACU 2022 Basil Asah Azefor Founder and CEO of Rainbow Cameroon and official representative of Nourivit Technologies in the country led the team to the festival at the Nkwen Palace. He told many who visited his stand including North West Governor Lele L'Afrique Adolph Tchoffo Deben that Nourivit is " developing holistic solution for vital plant growth and healthy livestock" adding that "Nourivit stands for an ecological circular economy – keep the nutrients."    Present in the Cameroonian market for about two years now, participating in FEHACU 2022 was an opportunity to continue reaching out to many in agriculture while preserving culture.  "Our culture is rich w