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Biya Dribbled Youths In 2013

You must have noticed if in Cameroon that the littany of promises President Biya made to Youths on Sunday 10 February 2013 has not been fulfilled.

Teachers are yet to be fully motivated and have their conditions ameliorated,comercial motor byke riders are still operating in a disorderely manner,creation of 200,000 formal jobs has not seen light of day.Take a look at his 2013 speech and make your comments…

HIS SPEECH

My dear young compatriots,

On the occasion of the National Youth Day, I always make an appraisal of what Government has done for you in the areas of education, youth affairs and civic training, and inform you of our plans for the near future.

The theme chosen for this year’s celebration: “Youth: Civic Responsibility and Participation in the Development Process” forms the basis of the message of hope I have for you, especially those of you who are in doubt, are disillusioned and have perhaps lost faith in their future.

Biya addressing Youths February 10,2013

Biya addressing Youths February 10,2013

I will first of all address the youth who are “under mentorship”, namely those attending schools, colleges, high schools, universities or higher education institutes. For them, the State and their parents are making huge sacrifices. The budgets of the ministries concerned are among the country’s highest. Thanks to such budgetary allocations, which represent more than 15% of the overall State budget, schools have been built, teachers recruited and free primary education provided. The youth in this group should be aware of the efforts being made for them by the national community, and the resulting obligation to succeed.

Of course, obtaining a certificate is not always a guarantee of access to a job. In this regard however, the State is doing everything possible by absorbing many young graduates into the public service and the security services.

I also want to directly address the youth who are not attending school, those who have dropped out of the school system too soon and graduates who have not yet found a job and who are losing all hope of ever finding one. In the best case scenario, they are engaged in some informal sector activity, often below their capacities. Others are not so lucky and wallow in idleness or vagrancy, and sometimes drift into delinquency. Those who have a job, be they handcart pushers, loaders, jobbers, motorcycle taxi riders, etc., may bear a grudge against society. I can also understand if they are tempted to be rebellious. But that would not be the right course to follow, for experience shows that this worsens problems without providing any solution.

I will now turn to teachers – many of who are youths by the way – to whom we have entrusted our children to be imparted knowledge which is vital for their integration into society and to be prepared for responsible citizenship. Those who are engaged in what, not so long ago, was regarded as a calling rather than a profession are – I am aware – sometimes discouraged. Salary levels, living conditions, particularly in the rural areas, or the debasement of the teaching profession, largely account for this situation.

It is clear that such problems are not peculiar to Cameroon and it is true that modern society has upset the value system we were used to. However, there is no use hiding behind a supposed “crisis of civilization” to find explanations or excuses. We must take responsibility for our weaknesses to be able to find solutions.

To the first group, namely youth attending school and graduates, I would say that the outlook over the next few years should be more positive. The recovery of our economy, driven by the implementation of our major projects and our agrarian revolution will inevitably generate new job opportunities. For instance, 200,000 formal sector jobs will be created in the year 2013.This should encourage our youth to study hard and be best placed to face the stiff competition that lies ahead.

Concerning those in the second group who, due to circumstances, are marginalized, I want them to know that I appreciate their courage in accepting the often difficult tasks to support their families. Rather than looking down on them, we should acknowledge their unquestionably useful social role. Take, for instance, the case of motorcycle taxi riders.

I know that this profession is not always highly regarded due to some “black sheep” who have joined its ranks. However, most of the youths involved are simply looking for a means of livelihood. Are we not happy that we can reach difficult locations quickly and cheaply? To avoid unbecoming conduct, there is clearly a need to organize the profession and consider providing training courses covering both the Highway Code, especially the wearing of helmets, and two-wheeler riding techniques.

Right off, I believe the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, in conjunction with the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, is best suited to organize such training courses, either through existing structures involved in youth socio-economic empowerment or by establishing other bodies. To begin with, I enjoin these ministries to submit to me proposals in this regard.

What I have just said also applies to the other activities of the informal sector. Definitely, the experience of associations and non-governmental organizations in the domain of informal business mentoring and support should be seriously explored and developed.

To teachers, I want once more to say that I have much esteem for them and I understand them. They play a pivotal role in the training of our youth. That is why it is imperative for them to get back that “sacred fire”. This could be achieved in two ways. Firstly, as I said last year on the same occasion, by starting a broad-based reflection on the future of our educational system, one objective of which should be to rehabilitate the teaching profession. Secondly, by pursuing an open-minded dialogue on teachers’ grievances, including their salaries. The education and training sector, you are aware, is one of my priorities. Things will improve gradually in a genuine partnership between teachers and their supervisory authorities.

It would be paradoxical that in Cameroon, teachers are not given their rightful place whereas the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences is planning to establish a Centre of Excellence in our country to build the capacity of our scientific community. This mark of trust by a prestigious knowledge institution should not only consolidate our own trust in ourselves, but also spur our youth to choose studies in the scientific and technical fields in which they are naturally gifted.

Lastly, I would like to address an issue that is dear to me and to which I have often drawn your attention. Moral standards are falling among our youth. It suffices to read the newspaper titbits to realize this. Well, may be the behaviour of some youths is to some extent only a reflection of our society. But that is not a good excuse. In fact, even if we succeed in improving the living standards of our population, ensuring the proper functioning of our democratic institutions, and maintaining peace and stability in our country, the peaceful and prosperous society we want to build will be undermined from within if such achievements are not backed by improved public morality.

That is why I urge you, the youth, to adopt morally upright and responsible behaviours. I equally call on your parents to assume their responsibility and to guide you on this path. It cannot be overemphasized that good citizenship is the foundation of every society. Our churches, our temples and our mosques should once more become true schools of good citizenship, rigour and morality.

Before concluding, I would like us to spare a thought for Kouokam Géraldine, a pupil of the Mbanga Evangelical School, who died a few days ago during the launching of the Youth Week.

Dear young compatriots,

You are the future of our Nation. All our hopes are pinned on you. Be worthy of the ambitions we place in you.

Happy Youth Day to you all!

Long Live the Cameroonian youth!

Long Live Cameroon!

Catherine Samba-Panza is CAR new president

Mayor of Bangui Catherine Samba-Panza has been voted as the interim president of the Central African Republic.

Her election sets a history as first female president in the war-torn nation.
She beat her rival Desire Kolingba by 75 against 53 votes in the second round of the voting from the 129 members of the National Transitional Council present at the voting.

Catherine,CAR new boss in victory waves

Catherine,CAR new boss in victory waves


In her victory speech, Ms Samba-Panza urged Christian militias, known as anti-balaka, and Muslim fighters in the ex-Seleka rebel movement to end the bloodshed.

“I call on my children, especially the anti-balaka, to put down their arms and stop all the fighting. The same goes for the ex-Seleka – they should not have fear. I don’t want to hear any more talk of murders and killings,” she said, the Associated Press news agency reports.

“Starting today, I am the president of all Central Africans, without exclusion,” she said.

Cheers broke out in the National Transitional Council, which serves as an interim parliament, when Ms Samba-Panza’s victory was announced.
FACT-FILE

Appointed mayor of Bangui by interim government – accepted by both Seleka rebels and their opponents
Successful businesswoman and corporate lawyer
Christian but seen as politically neutral
Chaired national dialogue in 2003
Born 26 June 1954 in Chad – father from Cameroon and mother from CAR

Biya’s End-Of-Year Message

MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF STATE HE. PRESIDENT PAUL BIYA TO THE NATION-CAMEROON ON THE OCCASION OF THE END OF 2013 AND NEW YEAR 2014

The year 2013 has brought in Cameroon real reasons for satisfaction, paving the way for bright future. Allow me to explain. Elections, Senate on April 14, legislative and municipal September 30, took place in a calm and transparency. All observers have confirmed.

I think we should see the expression of the maturity of the Cameroonian people who understood that stable institutions and sound policies needed to achieve social progress. The few bugs reported were not such as to call into question the validity of these elections. It should in this connection honor ELECAM. Enhanced legislative and municipal credibility has amply justified the time required for the introduction of biometrics in our electoral system. So I think we have all the reasons to be pleased with this new advancement of our democratic process.
The significant increase in the number of women in Parliament and in municipal councils is also a sign of progress. Anyway, after the establishment of the Senate and the decentralized territorial communities, creating within a reasonable time of the Council Constitutional will complete the institutional structure provided by our Basic Law.

Cameroon's President Paul Biya Reflecting as new year arrives

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya Reflecting as new year arrives

Our policy horizon is now well clear. The time is now to serious debates on issues and objectives that take Cameroonians heart. These problems are, you know: purchasing power, employment, living conditions. In other words, this is what our people are entitled to expect a prosperous and fair economy, a just and cohesive society. course, for us it is not a revelation . In recent decades, we have spared no effort to improve the lives of Cameroonians. We did, despite a sometimes tense political context of the economic crisis and threats to peace. Significant progress – perhaps unevenly distributed – were recorded.

I will take two examples: health and our major projects. Given the resurgence of malaria and its most severe form affects young children, we negotiated the assistance of international partners. With their help, we can make free treatment of this pandemic in children under 5 years. Furthermore, I am pleased to announce that the health map of our country will soon be enriched by the opening of three referral hospitals: the National Center for Emergency Yaounde Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Pediatric Douala Hospital Reference Sangmélima.

Regarding our major projects, the first generation are, as you know, running or startup phase. Regarding the second-generation projects whose Implementation is planned from 2015, studies and research funding are currently under negotiation. These include infrastructure of energy production, transportation, water supply, roads and highways, as well as industrial and mining equipment. As you can see, our economy recovers colors and a kind of national consensus is perceptible on the objective of emergence.
I think we need to mobilize all our energies to this cause and throw all our forces in the fight for growth. It seems that our efforts, however laudable they may be, will not be enough at their current pace, the Cameroon becoming an emerging country in 2035. This friendly warning was sent to us by the international financial institutions. It is in our interest to be taken into account. In 2013, our growth rate is 4.8%, which is below our forecasts were 6.1%. There are certainly far nothing dramatic but it is clear that we must redouble our efforts.
Our growth is being supported by buoyant oil revenues and public funding. Private investment remains about him enough. We still need to improve the business climate. This does not absolve us of course to pursue structural reforms and to continue to strengthen fiscal discipline. We still undoubtedly room for improvement to improve the efficiency of our economic policy.
We have a strategy for growth and employment, which indicates the way forward to achieve our goals. But where does it come so that the action of the state in some sectors of our economy, sometimes seem to lack consistency and readability? Therefore, in many cases, delays in decision-making they are still bottlenecks in the implementation of projects? How to explain any part of our territory can not display any public investment budget execution rate of greater than 50%? Finally, it is legitimate to question the usefulness of certain committees monitoring projects, which do not lead to any decision. What we need in the coming years, it is a true emergency plan. With the ECSD, we dashboard. We must act now. Our short-term priorities are known, namely: straighten the curve of our growth, creating jobs and maintaining a high level of performance over several years in a row. We need to fix it, from the roadmaps of deadlines missed.
Doubtless he will be imperative to tackle the causes of our shortcomings by removing bottlenecks, dispersal areas and duplicates. Would we be able to do what other countries comparable to ours have done or are doing? I do not think so. We have men, women and young talented, resourceful, well-trained and enterprising, able to meet these challenges. We have natural, abundant and varied resources. We have institutions, modern and democratic. Our country has peace and stability. , Then we he misses I think we have to make progress on two important points. primacy of the general interest and the coordination of our efforts Though devoted to our communities of origin – which does not prevent us from being fervent patriots when national honor is at stake – we are more concerned with personal success than general interest individualistic people. Our Administration remains permeable interest.
The latter is often incompatible with the interests of the national community. In a modern state, this tendency must not be tolerated. Most of our major projects involve, at one stage or another in their implementation, the skills of various services. I’m not sure that the necessary coordination between them has always held. We will undoubtedly improve things from this point of view. My dear compatriots, I would like to draw your attention to a problem that, in recent months has taken a worrying dimension.
That our security. There is little again, we faced, in a way, a “classic” insecurity. In simple terms, we could say that in urban areas, we had to fight against the small and organized crime and in remote rural areas, against the “bandits.” For some time, another form of crime, cross-border crime , grew alarmingly, particularly in the north and east of the country. It is explained by the presence near our borders gangs motivated by extremist ideologies and greed . They do not hesitate to introduce our territory to commit their crimes.
The phenomenon is not entirely new. However, it has recently experienced a sharp increase, as shown, there is little an attack in the district of Kette east of our country. We deployed elite units in the area to counter these intrusions. past few months, the Far East, these off-the-law engaged in kidnappings, including foreigners, in order to ‘ransom. We all still remember the capture of a French family, MOULIN-FOURNIER. We managed to secure their release through cooperation with the Nigerian authorities and French services. More recently, it is a French priest who was forcibly taken to Nigeria. I condemn in the strongest terms these unspeakable acts that target defenseless people, including children, in order to profit.
Obviously we do everything we can to prevent and respond to such acts and we will continue to do so. This is the place for me to congratulate the elite units that ensure security in these areas and ask the local population to give them the necessary cooperation. Terrorism is also rampant on Ocean for some time. His motives are mainly financial. But the methods are the same. This is boarding ships to plunder the contents and remove the crews for ransom. The Cameroon has experienced in its maritime space. phenomenon has spread to the entire Gulf of Guinea to the point of compromising the maritime trade of the countries located in this area.
A first answer was given at the summit on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea, held in Yaoundé on 25 and 26 June. were seen, either on land or at sea, safety, which is primarily a national affair, has a collective dimension, if not international. It should not be underestimated. Where it is not guaranteed, anarchy sets in excess multiply the economic and social progress stops. Examples of the degradation of society are not lacking, unfortunately on our continent and even in our nearest external environment. course, the affected areas of our territory remain marginal. But we are on our guard. Our security forces on the ground can occur at any time. This is an opportunity for me to say that each of us must be aware of the advantage that there is to live in a stable country where the institutions are functioning normally, where the safety of people and goods is ensured and where any citizen may provide hope of a better life.
The current situation in the CAR can see where can lead to instability and disorder. Massacres, looting, displacement, have become the daily life of this brother and friend. It was the duty, and that is honor, Cameroonian soldiers participating in the operations of the multinational force aimed at restoring security and protect people in our immediate neighbor. Dear compatriots, We are in a so the crossroads. Growth is within our reach, our budget is viable, our sustainable public debt, short our economic and financial situation allows all hopes of prosperity. Or we take the easy road in postponing reforms. And then in 10 or 20 years we will have a backlog as we can hardly meet the needs of our population. Or we set high goals, by imposing a rigorous collective discipline. And we will be firmly on the path of emergence.
This last choice I would suggest. The effort and courage. When concrete signs of our democratic, economic and social progress is increasing, I invite you to a new burst of patriotism. I believe we can do better. I do not ask you sweat, no blood, no tears, but only commit yourself wholeheartedly into this new phase of our great national purpose.
At the dawn of this new year I would like, on your behalf, speak to our Indomitable Lions. Dear Indomitable Lions, you are qualified for the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We want you to follow in the footsteps of your illustrious predecessors glorious campaigns in Spain in 1982 and Italy in 1990. Let us vibrate again. Cameroonian people are with you. Finally, I am pleased to announce the release of Father Georges Vandenbeusch. Through the efforts of our services, supported by Nigerian and French authorities, religious, devoted to his mission found Today freedom.

And now, dear compatriots, let me introduce you to you all, my most sincere wishes for health and happiness for the New Year. Happy New Year 2014!

Source: crtv.cm

The Unspoken Words Of Biya’s End Of Year Speech

In his traditional end-of-year speech to the nation, Paul Biya, president of Cameroon focused on Politics, Economy, Health, Security and sports.

Biya failed to tell Cameroonians why the celebration of 50years of Cameroons reunification was not effectuated in 2013 after he made it clear on this same day last year that the celebration MUST hold this year (2013), and even emphasized in the month of September after casting his vote for the twin elections, which he said «I shall be in Buea in December for the reunification celebrations”.

He was certainly ashamed to pronounce again that he will be going to Buea by 2014,because he knows well that he has deceived the people for two good years.How a presidential lie could be so grieviouse that paralysed activities in the south west region,a lie that has kept many wondering if the vision of 2035 could be achieved.

Biya did not really paint an atmosphere of insecurity in the country; he did not tell Cameroonians what is causing the numerous killings in our boarders’ in spite the fact that Cameroon has a battery of soldiers.
He has also failed to tell the nation how much has been collected from embezzlers who have been thrown into jail.

Biya adressing the Nation,December 31

Biya adressing the Nation,December 31


POLITICS
He elaborated and congratulated ELECAM for organizing both Senatorial and Municipal elections, the putting in place of constitutional council, he said, will complete the democratization process.
ECONOMY
Biya Frowned at the lack luster execution of the public investment budget and low level of growth rate for 2013 which stood at 4.8 percent.
HEALTH
He also talked of creating three major health units in Yaoundé, Douala and Sangmalima.
Biya also said malaria is at the moment being combated especially in children from 0-5 years.He thanked international bodies who have helped Cameroon to fight against the disease especially in the north.
SECURITY
Biya said Security will be beefed up to make sure that threats from Boko Haram in North, Seleka in East and maritime theft are reduced.
SPORTS
He urged the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to do their best in the Brazil expedition come June 2014 during the World Cup. He reminded the lions that their predecessors did well in Spain 1982 and Italy 1990, hence they should do same.

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Can Biya’s Net Catch Prof.Maurice Kamto

The fire brand supporter of Cameroon’s rejuvination, Prof.Maurice Kamto may soon fall in Paul Biya’s dragnet,It has been reported that president of Cameroon Rennaissance Movement political party,prof.Maurice Kamto was interrogated Thursday at the Delegation for National Security in Yaounde.

Prof.Kamto,soon to hear from Biya?

Prof.Kamto,soon to hear from Biya?


The reasons for questioning Maurice Kamto has not been given ,but observers say it may be linked to a recent outing he made after the 2013 Municipal and Legislative elections.

Prof.Maurice Kamtos CRM/MRC party was part of the elections for the first time and went back home with a seat in the parliament occupied by veteran SOUOB LAZARE in Wouri East constituency.

Kamto,former member of Biyas regime and one of peace broker on the Bakassi penisular is a potential threat to peace in Etoudi,and observers belief,Biya is looking for means to put him aside.But the question is Can Biya easily indict him?
a suivre…

2013 Parliamentry Elections:CPDM Loses 5 Seats,SDF Creates Parliamentry group

The rulling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement,CPDM party has lost five seats in the September 30 PArliamentry elections.The party as of 2007 polls had 153 seats,but the aftermath of the September twin polls saw them dropping five of those seats to 148.

They were beaten in Nyong and Nkelle by UPC who seized three seats and the Cameroon Rennaisance Movement of prof.Maurice Kamnto in Wouri East with SOUB Lazare making his entry into the parliament.
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SDF Scribe,Joshua OSIH,new MP Wouri Centre

The Social Democratic Front party,SDF,now has a parliamentry group,with 18 parliamentarians.The SDF won 18 seats thus increasing their 2007 tally from 15 to 18.New comer into the business is SDF First National Vice Chairman;Joshua OSIH as MP of Wouri Centre.

The NUDP of BELO BOUBA now has five seats,CDU of NDAM NJOYA 4,UPC 3,CRM/MRC 1,MDR 1.
AYAH Paul ABINE and MP of Jean Jacques EKINDI have been kicked out of the parliament.

Paul Biya, Political Maradona

The national Chairman of the ruling CPDM party and president of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya has in recent days proved once again that he can play his cards so well with a last Joker.
After the imprisonment of some big names from the Grand North like Marafa,Iya,Haman Adama,the people of the Grand North seem to be unhappy and vowed to destroy the relationship that exist with Biya.

 Biya thinking of his next move

Biya thinking of his next move

This was evident in recent mass resignation from the CPDM to other political parties.
With the twin elections approaching on September 30,Paul Biya now has to use his joker to make sure that CPDM remains top;Here are some instances,

1-Sudden appearance of child of former president,Aminatou AHIDJO sent to Grand North for reconciliation,though she was humilated.
2-Release of Haman Adama from prison.
3-Commencement of compensation of victims of construction of Kribi deep sea port.
4-Announced for Douala for laying of foundation stone for a second bridge over river Wouri,MANIDEM party of ANICET EKANE says it is politically motivated.
5-Decree to pay Chiefs.
6-inuaguration of Lions Vision Center in Laquinitini.
You name the rest…All these takes place just with a twinkle of the eye in the month of september,month of election,is Biya not a political Maradona?

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