Thursday, January 26, 2023

HEALTH: NWRA-SMILE TRAIN committed to change the Region one smile at a time


Prof. Fru Angwafo III and Dr. Nicole Bouba sealing the partnership agreement with a handshake 

The NWRA and Smile Train on Thursday January 26th 2023 signed a health cooperation agreement that provides free treatment of cleft lip and cleft palate for the population of the Region.


Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique giving a remark

The landmark ceremony, which brought together stakeholders from the government, civil society actors, media, grassroots leaders and the population was presided over by the Representative of the State, Governor  Adolphe Lele Lafrique.

Prof Fru Angwafo signs for NWRA while Dr Nicole Bouba signs for Smile Train 

The signed MoU, which  officially establishes a strategic health cooperation agreement between both  institutions, was signed by Prof. Fru Angwafo III, President, North West Regional Assembly and Dr. Nicole Bouba, Director of Smile Train for West and Central Africa.


Prof. Fru Angwafo III giving his keynote address 

In his keynote address , the President of the North West Regional Assembly Prof. Fru Angwafo III accentuated the government’s commitment towards enhancing public health, welcoming the partnership with Smile Train to support awareness and safe cleft treatment within the region. “By signing this memorandum of understanding, we have  literally opened the doors to assist families in need of cleft care in the Region. The MoU provides platform to create awareness in the North West Region on Cleft care while enhancing identification and referral of patients for free treatment. "This is a truly humanitarian agreement that meets the needs of the community of people with clefts. It restores their integrity, their dignity, and their speech, and procures smiles, cheers, happiness and sustained human development". The Regional Assembly boss  added.

Dr. Nicole Bouba facing the Press

Speaking to the Press, the Smile Train Program Director for West and Central Africa Dr Nicole Bouba revealed that the partnership will enhance the availability and quality of cleft treatment in the North West Region of Cameroon. She also  intimated that, Smile Train has supported more than 3000 cleft surgeries  since 2012 through its network of 10 local partner hospitals in 7 regions across Cameroon. Dr Bouba further called on the population of the North West Region to refer or take their children born with cleft lip or palate to their partner hospital here in the Region - Mbingo Baptist hospital where the patients are treated cost free.

 First Cleft case treated at the Mbingo Baptist Hospital 

“Cleft is a birth defect  in which a child experiences difficulty in breathing, eating and speaking. And children who grow up with untreated clefts are often isolated and bullied, unable to socialize and make friends. Statistics hold that in Cameroon, 700 children are born each year with clefts. Therefore, a new Partnership between Smile Train and the North West Regional Assembly will contribute to providing the necessary support to families who are most in need of cleftcare". Dr. Bouba added.


It should be noted that Smile Train is the largest cleft-focused Organization with active cleft care programs in over 70  countries across the world and more than 245 partners and over 255 partner hospitals across Africa. Through strategic partnerships at the local and international levels, Smile Train dedicates itself towards providing funding towards quality healthcare capacity building and advocacy to increase access to safer surgeries and cleft care in low- and middle-income countries. The organization empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. 


Cleft lip and cleft palate are thought to be caused by a combination of genes and epi-genetic factors, such a substances (foods, drinks, drugs, medications) the mother comes in contact with during pregnancy. They most commonly occur as isolated birth defects but can also be associated with inherited genetic conditions
or syndromes. In the region there are many cases of cleft defects, and considering the spectrum of deficiencies secondary to cleft malformations. Smile Train will through the strategic cooperation partnership signed with the North West Regional Assembly, also train multidisciplinary teams of oral, dental, pediatric surgeons, anesthetists, or  technicians, orthodontists, nutritionists, community health practitioners, and educationists to care for cleft disease.

By VictoryMarshal Ayafor Basang 

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Governor Adolphe Lele commisions Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school

Governor Adolphe Lele cutting the commissioning ribbonGovernor Adolphe Lele Lafrique giving his commissioning speechGovernor Adolphe Lele Lafrique giving his commissioning speech
 
The Governor of the North-West Region, Adolphe Lele Lafrique last friday December 16, 2022 cut the ribbon to commission Royal 5 Nursery and Primary School, Bamenda up Station. During the school Christmas party and commissioning ceremony, Governor Lele Lafrique highly appreciated the quality of investment he sees.

"Based on what we've witnessed here today at Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school, I am convinced to say these are the kind of initiatives Cameroon needs to attain its 2035 dream and such a lofty dream will not only end at the basic education level, it will sure cut through into the secondary and even tertiary levels of Education". Governor  Lele commended, while commissioning Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school, Bamenda Up Station on Friday December 16th 2022.

Governor Lele giving his commissioning speech 

In his commissioning speech, Governor Lele further reiterated that, mindful of the fact that Royal 5 is  the very first school he is commissioning for his 11 years of service at the helm of the Region, he therefore charges the proprietor and management of the school to be role models for other schools in the Region to emulate. "Royalty entails service and respect of Republican institutions, its symbols, emblems and that of those who encarnate it, so live up to the name of the school. He added.


After the cutting of the commisioning ribbon, Governor Lele and his entourage were shown round the institution. The new facility consists  two floors and a basement, and it has the necessary conditions and enabling environment for learning and training of pupils. In particular, the building of the institution has over 20 educational classrooms and some 8 separate technical/administrative offices, and its equipment is complete within the framework of modern education requirements.

In the school facility, separate classrooms for skill acquisition have been organized like the music studio, the computer lab, the cookery lab etc. The learning experience at Royal 5 is conducted taking into account the requirements of modern times and recognized methods. 

Dr. Sama Emmanuel 
Proprietor, Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school, Bamenda Up Station 

In his welcome address,  and focusing on the mission and vision of the school, the Proprietor of Royal 5, Dr. Sama Emmanuel stated that, the school is out to through its innovative education program package and comprehensive learning experience, build well grounded, confident and responsible children equipped to achieve their full potentials in life. "Royal 5 is committed to be the Region's most trusted and valued partners in creating a destination for holistic and high quality education. We at Royal 5 are determined to make the difference and this commitment we make to all our pupils, parents and all stakeholders of the basic education sector". Dr. Sama added.


Mr. John Ngwainbi 
Headteacher Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school 
Mme Suinyuy Prudence 
Assistant Headteacher 

Presenting the holistic education program package, the headteacher of the school, Mr. John Ngwainbi and the assistant Headteacher,  Mme Suinyuy Prudence respectively unveiled the   complete curriculum consisting of a quality academic content and innovative life skill acquisition package like music, cookery, photography, tailoring/fashion designs etc. Royal 5 stands for Holistic education, moral rectitude and academic excellence 

Cross section of pupils in class

The school also offer IT classes with each pupil entitled to a laptop and high-speed Internet connection. The school also has a playground for the pupils, a security system that permits everything happening in the classes and on campus to be on record.  Not forgetting the Nursing station that takes care of the health issues of staff and pupils on campus. It is worth noting that the school is built with high architectural design and the quality of education, program content and enabling learning environment of Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school is truly something to write home about.

The pupils in all excitement graced the event with curricular activities like musical interludes, dancing, recitations, choral singing.

By VictoryMarshal Ayafor Basang 

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Governor Adolphe Lele commisions Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school

Governor Adolphe Lele cutting the commissioning ribbonGovernor Adolphe Lele Lafrique giving his commissioning speechGovernor Adolphe Lele Lafrique giving his commissioning speech
 
The Governor of the North-West Region, Adolphe Lele Lafrique last friday December 16, 2022 cut the ribbon to commission Royal 5 Nursery and Primary School, Bamenda up Station. During the school Christmas party and commissioning ceremony, Governor Lele Lafrique highly appreciated the quality of investment he sees.

"Based on what we've witnessed here today at Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school, I am convinced to say these are the kind of initiatives Cameroon needs to attain its 2035 dream and such a lofty dream will not only end at the basic education level, it will sure cut through into the secondary and even tertiary levels of Education". Governor  Lele commended, while commissioning Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school, Bamenda Up Station on Friday December 16th 2022.

Governor Lele giving his commissioning speech 

In his commissioning speech, Governor Lele further reiterated that, mindful of the fact that Royal 5 is  the very first school he is commissioning for his 11 years of service at the helm of the Region, he therefore charges the proprietor and management of the school to be role models for other schools in the Region to emulate. "Royalty entails service and respect of Republican institutions, its symbols, emblems and that of those who encarnate it, so live up to the name of the school. He added.


After the cutting of the commisioning ribbon, Governor Lele and his entourage were shown round the institution. The new facility consists  two floors and a basement, and it has the necessary conditions and enabling environment for learning and training of pupils. In particular, the building of the institution has over 20 educational classrooms and some 8 separate technical/administrative offices, and its equipment is complete within the framework of modern education requirements.

In the school facility, separate classrooms for skill acquisition have been organized like the music studio, the computer lab, the cookery lab etc. The learning experience at Royal 5 is conducted taking into account the requirements of modern times and recognized methods. 

Dr. Sama Emmanuel 
Proprietor, Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school, Bamenda Up Station 

In his welcome address,  and focusing on the mission and vision of the school, the Proprietor of Royal 5, Dr. Sama Emmanuel stated that, the school is out to through its innovative education program package and comprehensive learning experience, build well grounded, confident and responsible children equipped to achieve their full potentials in life. "Royal 5 is committed to be the Region's most trusted and valued partners in creating a destination for holistic and high quality education. We at Royal 5 are determined to make the difference and this commitment we make to all our pupils, parents and all stakeholders of the basic education sector". Dr. Sama added.


Mr. John Ngwainbi 
Headteacher Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school 
Mme Suinyuy Prudence 
Assistant Headteacher 

Presenting the holistic education program package, the headteacher of the school, Mr. John Ngwainbi and the assistant Headteacher,  Mme Suinyuy Prudence respectively unveiled the   complete curriculum consisting of a quality academic content and innovative life skill acquisition package like music, cookery, photography, tailoring/fashion designs etc. Royal 5 stands for Holistic education, moral rectitude and academic excellence 

Cross section of pupils in class

The school also offer IT classes with each pupil entitled to a laptop and high-speed Internet connection. The school also has a playground for the pupils, a security system that permits everything happening in the classes and on campus to be on record.  Not forgetting the Nursing station that takes care of the health issues of staff and pupils on campus. It is worth noting that the school is built with high architectural design and the quality of education, program content and enabling learning environment of Royal 5 Nursery and Primary school is truly something to write home about.

The pupils in all excitement graced the event with curricular activities like musical interludes, dancing, recitations, choral singing.

By VictoryMarshal Ayafor Basang 

Monday, November 7, 2022

North West Region: Minister Eloundou lays Foundation stone of landmark Gas Plant in Bamenda


Minister Eloundou posing the foundation stone

The Minister of water resources and Energy,  Eloundou Essomba Gaston, has revealed that the price surges the population of the North West region suffers on the cost of domestic gas will soon be a thing of the past. 

Representing the Prime Minister and Head of Government,  Minister Eloundou made this declaration in Bamenda on Saturday November 5, 2022, while laying the foundation stone for the Construction of an ultramodern LPG filling centre at the Bangshie neigbourhood in
Bamendakwe.

The minister intimated that:
"As far as the consumption of domestic gas is concerned,  Bamenda already has a huge market but often suffers from exhurbitant prices. More so, the coming of the plant has the advantage of creating employment for sons and daughters of the Region, and reducing the risks of
handling gas cylinders from Bafoussam to Bamenda which is 80km away. 

"Beyond the comfort the plant brings to the general public by minimising the risks of gas shortage, the presence of this filling centre in Bamenda, will contribute to the consolidation of efforts such as advocated by the Head of State, His Excellency Paul BIYA with the view to revitalise our economy".
And the high dependency on gas will reduce the usage of coal and wood, create jobs and revitalise the local economy,"  Minister Eloundou added.

GM CSPH, Okie Johnson Ndoh

In his own declaration, the General Manager of
the Hydrocarbons Prices Stabilisation Fund (CSPH), Okie Johnson Ndoh,  stated that the gas plant is the 3rd in the Nation, after that of Maroua (2005) and Bertoua in 2015 and is the most modern in the country as at now. Okie added that:
"The Hydrocarbons Prices Stabilisation (HPSF) has opted for the construction 8of these LPG filling centres in regional headquarters, then eventually extend sub centres in  the Divisional headquarters. This deployment of filling centres is in line with the Government's policy to combat deforestation and improve the quality of life of the population.

Prof. Fru Angwafo III,  President of the NW Regional Assembly 

On his part, the President of the North
West Regional Assembly President, Prof Fru Angwafor III, stated that dependence on domestic gas will go a long way to fight deforestation and protect the ozone layer.
The gas plant will also help reduce the use of coal and wood,  hence reducing the dangers of some respiratory diseases. He added.

Prof Angwafo also used the opportunity to request  for the devolution of the competent powers to the regions to drive local development and enhance the Decentralization process of local governance. 

Paul Achombang 
Bamenda City Mayor

In his welcome address, Bamenda City Mayor,  Paul Achombang, pronounced that with the coming of the gas plant, there is already a ready market of about 2.5 million people scattered all over the  region to consume. He equally added that the facility will eliminate middlemen and put an end to the black market syndrome that brings about the price hikes of cooking gas.
The city mayor added that, "the North West Region loses close to
2,000FCFA for every 12 L cylinder gas bottle sold. Which means as the price of gas rises, the region loses about 2.8 billion FCFA in a year. 

The 24 months project costs 5.6 billion
FCFA that will be constructed on a
land area of 6 hectares will have a total storage capacity of 200 MT,  and will comprise:
Four LPG Tanks with a capacity of 50 Metric Tons each, a carousel of twelve stations, a fire water tank, a gas filling hall, a generator,  product and fire pumping station, two nitrogen and air compressors, an engineering building, a maintenance building, a clinic, cafeteria, playground, two security buildings, Control equipment and  two weighbridges etc.

It should be noted that, an LPG filling centre is a technical facility for storing and filling gas. This is where gas cylinders are filled and later returned after consumption. From there, the distribution of gas is ensured by marketers who work in gas distribution and storage in Cameroon, namely: SCTM, AFRIGAZ, BOCOM, Green Oil, Stan Gaz etc". "The Bamenda Gas Plant consists of four gas tanks with a capacity of 50 metric tons each; one fire water tank, one gas filling hall, one generator, one product and fire. He added.

By VictoryMarshal Ayafor Basang 

Ruby jubilee of New Deal Government celebrated in style in the North West Region


Popping and sipping of the anniversary Champaign

Militants of the Cameroon people’s Democratic Movement, (CPDM) joined the rest of the Nation last, November 6, 2022, to commemorate the ruby anniversary of the party in strict compliance with COVID 19 barrier measures. The day was marked by celebrations of Biya's achievements in 40 years.

Former Prime Minister Philemon Yang 

Appreciating Biya's development efforts and strides at the helm of the Nation, the Regional Permanent Coordinator for the North West, former Prime Minister Philemon Yang stated that:

"It has been 40 years of excellent leadership with Political development such as democratisation, Decentralization and the special status, economic development such as heavy infrastructure and productive industries, banks and financial institutions etc, socio-cultural development like primary, secondary and teriary educational institutions at all levels , universities and hospitals in all parts of the country".


Militants at the commercial Avenue ceremonial ground 

One of the key achievements North West militants celebrated is the special anniversary gift the Head of state gave the Region - the laying of the foundation stone for a LPG filling centre in Bamenda, on November 5, 2022, by the Minister of Water Resources and Energy.

40 years since his accession to the Supreme magistracy on November 6, 1982, President Paul Biya is celebrated as the leader who brought democracy and multi-partism to Cameroon. Moreso, he has consistently consolidated efforts for a great cameroon of One people, one nation with a prosperous future.

The North West militants further praised President Biya for the ceaseless efforts of the government to peacefully resolve the anglophone crisis, manifested through various decisions taken to address the corporate and socio-political grievances of the people.

The Ruby anniversary was celebrated under the theme: "Let us further strengthen our mobilisation behind President Paul Biya to jointly pursue a nation building actions with one heart, peace and stability under the prism and spirit of National New Deal." And the North West militants used the opportunity to jointly reaffirmed their unwavering support for President Paul Biya and His lofty ideals.

Prof. Jean Kuete giving his key note address 

The celebration was presided over by Prof Jean Kuete, former Vice Prime Minister, Secretary General of the CPDM central committee. In his key note address, Prof Jean Kuete recalled the need for all the sons and daughters of the North West Region to get actively involved in peace building and local development. "Let us further strengthen our loyalty and mobilisation behind President Paul Biya to jointly pursue nation building actions with one heart, peace and stability in the spirit of the new deal". He added.

Minister Mbayu Felix 

During the celebration, Cameroon's Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in charge of the Commonwealth, Felix Mbayu, who doubles as the Secretary of the follow up committee for the Implementation of the resolutions of the Major National Dialogue, recounted the key achievements of the Major National Dialogue 3 years after:
Achievements such as the promulgation of Law No 2019/024 instituting the General Code of Regional and Local Authorities. Granting a special status to the North West and South West Regions and setting in place the office of Public Independent Concilliator that resolves disputes between the municipal Authorities and users of the councils, the creation of the National School of local Administration, NASLA and the devolving of 4 other powers to the region. In the domain of Transport, Tourism, Environment and Urban Development, the creation within the supreme court of a special bench to review appeals against decisions in English as well as redeployment of Magistrates, the putting in place of the Presidential Plan for the reconstruction and Development of the North West and South West Regions is another key fall out of the Major National Dialogue, rehabilitation of Ex-fighters who took up arms against the state ongoing at the DDR Centres in Bamenda, Buea and Mora. Also the abolition of the position of appointed Government Delegates replaced by Elected City Mayors.

The 40th anniversary celebration in Bamenda took a regional conotation with representions from all the 7 Divisions and 34 sections of the Region.

By VictoryMarshal Ayafor Basang


Sunday, October 30, 2022

PIC NW trains Mayors on Rights, Duties and ethical compliances in Council functioning.

PIC with Mayors

The Office of Public Independent Conciliator (PIC), North West has driiled the Local authorities of the Region on rights, duties and ethical compliances for proper functioning of their councils. This was during a two-day training workshop that took place at the PIC Conference Hall, Upstation, Bamenda from October 27 - 28, 2022.

Tamfu Simon Fai
Public Independent Conciliator North West

Speaking during the event, Tamfu Simon Fai, the North West PIC revealed that the objective of the training was to sharpen the managerial skills of mayors as well as equip them with an indepth knowledge of the functional and substantive mandates of PIC, and its roles with regards to the councils, the North West Regional/ City councils, and other users. The seminar also aimed at "fueling collaboration, and correcting the already existing misconception that the PIC has come to police councils, instead of being the watchdog, pacificator and advocate of councils", Tamfu added.
He equally called on the mayors to sharpen their competencies and acquire new competencies in every area of management and functioning to be able to cope with the daunting task that awaits them on the pathway of the ongoing decentralisation process of local governance.

Participants at the training

During the two days, the facilitators armed the participants with indepth knowledge that will enable them function effectively in the discharge of their duties. At the opening on Thursday October 27, as per their expectations, the participants expressed amongst other needs, the desire to be schooled on the laws, rights and duties of citizens in their municipalities and how they can factor in on this, to cultivate rights based programming of Council missions and services.

It is against this backdrop that, the research officer at OPIC Ndi Nelson Ngayinkfu, kick-started the training with the generalities on rights and duties in council functioning, and Rights based programming,

Agingi Nina schooling the participants

On her part, Nina Agingi, speaking on freedoms and duties, non discrimination and Mainstreaming inclusiveness, expressed that everybody should be engaged with community development projects and activities in council functioning. As for Dr. Alfred Wuku Kudi, citizen participation is a right and duty that must be factored in, for effective council functioning and local governance. Mr Ngodji Rais took turn to school the participants on the law and an overview of ethics compliance. 


As for Yang Francis Fombi, Esq., he gave insight on the primary duties of councils as agents of local public service in preventing ethical misconducts. Atia Tilarious wrapped up with a practical approach on the importance of ethical compliance in council functioning, while highlighting on the key elements for the elaboration of an ethical policy for councils.

Speaking to Trendsetters infos, Stephen Bongfen, Mayor for Nkum Council underscored that, the seminar was very timely as it eqquipped them with the necessary tools and knowledge to, on return to their various councils, and function efficiently, and effectively, vis-a-vis the rules and regulations in force.

In appreciation, on behalf of the Participants, the President of United Councils and Cities of Cameroon (UCCC), Mayor Denis Awoh Ndang thanked the PIC for such a laudable initiative and implored that such initiatives be taken right down to the grassroots and councils to train and equip not only the mayors, but also all council workers. This alone will ensure effective council functioning.

The training drew participants from the North West Regional Assembly, the  Bamenda City Council and Mayors of the 34 councils of the region. 

By VictoryMarshal Ayafor Basang

Saturday, July 2, 2022

12 Signs the Guy You Love Respects You



1. He always asks for your opinion. He actively seeks out your advice whether he’s applying to a job in a different department at work or having a fight with a friend. He might not always take your advice, but your insight is imortant to him. He treats your relationship like a team effort.

2. He doesn’t try to micromanage your life. He trusts you to do your own thing. He’s never on you about doing your taxes or getting to work on time. He trusts you to handle your responsibilities. Basically, he’s not a backseat driver, but for life.

3. He doesn’t get jealous when you go out without him. He’s not constantly checking your phone messages. He’s not worried you’ll meet someone else when you go out. He’s confident in your relationship and, more importantly, he trusts you and respects the time you spend away.

4. He opens up to you, even when he’s not sure you’ll like the answer. He shares his insecurities and his past with you even if he thinks you might disapprove. He doesn’t hide any aspect of himself from you, because he knows you’ll understand.

5. He takes your side. Sometimes blindly, but he trusts the decisions you’ve made and he’ll side with you in an argument. He’s only hearing your side of the story, but he knows it’s the right one.

6. He doesn’t jerk you around. He’s not booty-calling you or canceling plans last-minute. He doesn’t ditch you to hang out with friends or disrespect your time. If he does have to cancel on you, he’s apologetic and it rarely happens. He doesn’t ghost on you.

7. He encourages you to take risks. He wants to see you succeed, and he believes in you even when if you want to try a job in a new field. He’s not worried about you taking risks because he knows you can handle yourself, even if you fail.

8. He doesn’t second-guess you. He knows you’ve got a good sense of the world around you and he doesn’t try to change your mind. He knows the decisions you make are the best for you.

9. He doesn’t lie to you. He doesn’t feel the need to hide anything from you. He shares everything with you, even the embarrassing stuff, like being broke or getting embarrassingly drunk. He even tells you when an ex texted him. There are no secrets.

10. He’s OK with disagreeing. Even if you don’t see eye-to-eye on things like politics, he doesn’t try to sway you or put down your opinion. He respects that you have your own viewpoint, even if it’s not the same as his.

11. You actually go out on dates. “Quality time” isn’t just hooking up or watching TV. Early on in the relationship especially, he’s making an effort.

12. He’s upfront about where your relationship is going. He doesn’t tell you now isn’t a good time to get serious. He doesn’t skirt the issue of marriage or kids. It doesn’t matter how he answers it; he lets you know exactly what he wants out of your relationship.