Monthly Archives: December 2013

Kidnapped French Priest Gains Freedom

A French Roman Catholic priest kidnapped by Nigerian-based terrorist group, Boko Haram, on Novenber 13 , in the Far North Region has been freed.
Rev father Georges Vandenbeusch was freed Tuesday morning and handed over to Cameroonian security forces.

Fr. Georges descending from plane on Cameroonian soil.

Fr. Georges descending from plane on Cameroonian soil.

French President Francois Hollande in an official statement made the announcement to the media. But there was no further explanation about his release. Mr Hollande thanked the authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria for their help in getting the priest released. His message expressed special thanks to Cameroon’s President Paul Biya.
Mr Hollande said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would fly to Yaounde in Cameroon to bring Fr Vandenbeusch back to France as soon as possible.
The president added that six French nationals remain hostage in Mali and Syria, and he expressed support for their families, saying he would strive to win their release.
Fr Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, was kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.
The armed Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, which operates in the area, later said it was holding him.
Earlier this year, seven members of a French family called Moulin-Fournier – four of them children – were abducted by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon and held hostage for two months.
Boko Haram was paid more than $3m (£2m) before releasing the family, according to a confidential Nigerian government report seen by Reuters news agency. There was no official confirmation of that ransom.
Nobody has been able to say wether money changed hands before the release of the French Priest.


Bobe Yong Francis Is No More

Pa Bobe Yong Francis,promoter of Yong Sport Academy and National Polytechnic of Bambui has died.
He died in USA after an illness.Report say he gave up the ghost while on consultation.

Mr Ngobesine Romanus writes about Pa Yong in his Success story…

Late Pa Yong

Late Pa Yong

In Success Stories today, we talk about Mr. Yong Francis, an educationist. This man is a veritable visionary and giant in the educational arena in English-speaking Cameroon. He is a self-made man, who, from the most humble beginnings, has risen to the summit by creating and offering educational opportunities to others. He goes down in history as the man who has made the greatest contribution in educational development in English-speaking Cameroon.
Mr. Yong has spent his whole life creating and building schools. Thanks to his efforts millions of young men and women, whose lives might have been wasted, have had the opportunity to acquire an education. Today, they work gainfully in various sectors of life making a great contribution to nation-building. Some of them have risen to prominent positions.
No one can say if Pa Yong, as he is fondly called today, knew where he was heading to when he made his humble beginnings almost half a century ago. Deprived by financial constraints of the opportunity of acquiring a formal general secondary education himself, he never allowed himself to wallow in self-pity and resignation. He opted for what was affordable: becoming a typist. How he must have admired and envied his more fortunate mates who gained admission into prestigious secondary schools in those days! However, as it turned out, God had a better plan for him. He was destined to teach his fellow compatriots that ‘many roads lead to Rome’; that what matters in life is not where you are but what you do where you are.
Indeed, Mr. Yong’s decision to learn typing and take up a career in the field turned out to be the wisest decision of his life. After his studies, he gained a Government job as a typist. Then, he had the wonderful vision of offering other less favored children the same opportunity that he had had. He created a Typing Institute. It did not take long for him to realize he was onto a big dream. His was a wise decision. There was an influx of young boys and girls into his institute. Soon, the number of students was overwhelming. He moved a step higher by making it a commercial college. Even here, the numbers were overwhelming. He created similar colleges in Bambui and his home village, Anyajua. It has been a wonderful success story.
Mr. Yong has not ended at secondary level. He has been in higher education for years. He owns the leading polytechnic in English-speaking Cameroon-National Polytechnic Bambui, where thousands of young people from Cameroon and abroad have a wonderful opportunity in a unique setting to acquire sound, usable technical education.
By and large, Mr. Francis Yong is making an immeasurable contribution in the educational sector in Cameroon. He knows the man-power needs of the nation and the times and goes for the kind of education that will satisfy them. Hence, he has also created a school for the training of medical staff to contribute to close the gap that exists in that sector.
There is no way we can talk of education in Cameroon without the name Francis Yong. Millions of young people have been able to find a stand in life because they had the low-cost opportunity to acquire an education in one of his schools – The Yong Educational Establishments.
This man is a genius. There are many Cameroonians who have gone to the best universities at home and abroad specializing in education and have excellent qualifications in that field; but they are still to make a contribution equal to that of Mr. Yong in the development of education in Cameroon. His vision, courage, hard work, faith, persistence and perseverance have carved out a unique place for him in the history of Cameroon’s education. His footprints are already on the sands of time.

Biya’s unfulfilled Visit To Buea, Paralyses UB Graduation

Paul Biya’s unfulfilled journey to Buea this December for the celebration of 52 years of Cameroons reunification, has greatly affected students especially those from University of Buea, who will not be having the usual graduation ceremony this December.
Graduation that was pushed to January risked being postponed again because Mr Biya may come to Buea that same month. Students and pupils have practiced march-pass under the sun just for the August guest to fail them.
If the 20 year old first Anglo-Saxon University is ever proud of something that differentiates itself with other state universities, then it is the usual end-of-year graduation ceremony that has spiced with an unprecedented effervescence. During this day UB, begs for space with thousands of people trooping in for the ceremony.
This year things may not be the same, the graduation ceremony has been held hostage by huge broken promises by Mr Biya.
UB which will play a great part in the celebration of 52 years of Cameroons reunification by hosting guests and other activities have no choice than to wait for the August guest who is showing no sign of keeping to promise.
Of course the effects of this can not be over emphasized; for no one knows how many flights have been cancelled, journeys frustrated, studies hold-up due to lack of backing certificates and so on.
The government may argue that the celebration of reunification is been delayed by the unfinished projects, but they should also know that before announcing the celebrations, measures would have been taken to solve the unseen problems.
If Mr Biya googled his record or sit to watch the famous announcement on the celebration, the he would certainly bend his head down in regrets.
But if there is nothing to regret about politicians should know that it is not all about speeches.

CONAC Ranks Ministries of Justice,Health,Contract,Others most corrupt

The National Anti-Corruption Commission,CONAC,has ranked the ministries of justice,Public Contracts,Public Health,Finance as the most corrupt sector in the year 2012.

The report delivered Friday december 20 indicates that the Douala Laquintini hospital and Yaounde Cenral hospital caused the government to lose over 200 million francs in 100 days due to curruption.

Sparrow Hawk on Its Way

Sparrow Hawk on Its Way

Corruption in Cameroon skyrocates daily as the local man suffers to get what he wants at high prices even when he merits it.
Hospitals have become trade fair centers with nurses and doctors trading in drugs and leaving patients at their mercies.
People die daily in hospitals due to negligence by officials.
Some of these hospitals trade in human parts.

YOSA Clashes With Canon In Cup Final

Yong Sport Academy of Bamenda clashes this Sunday December 22 against Canon Sportif of Yaounde in the 2013 edition of the Cup of Cameroon.
The event that brings the head of state and all sports personalities in Cameroon had over dued.

preparation has intensified among finalists, Canon Yaoundé is in training in blocked Akono where players receive two daily workouts internship. Yosa meanwhile retired to Bafut , a suburb of Bamenda to prepare afor the duel.Sources reveal that officials of the two finalists received Tuesday money ffrom the state but the amount was not disclosed.

Amadou Ahidjo Stadium ready for finals

Amadou Ahidjo Stadium ready for finals

Some 1200 young students from Leclerc High School selected for the overall movements are now make final adjustments . And a source close to the security services has given us confirmation that the event unless last minute changes , will take place Sunday, December 22, 2014 .
Canon is gunning for 12th title while Yong Sport Academy is eyeing the trophy for the first time.