I want to thank the Goverment of Cameroon for performing her duties and most importantly for these Development projects for Donga Mantung – H.E. Dr Fuh Calistus on 8th September 2017 at the Nkambe Community Hall.

H.E. DR. FUH CALISTUS GENTRY, SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE MINISTRY OF MINES, INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

Concerning the Development Package of the Government to our Division, I want to assure you that the development concerns of this Division are a priority in the development agenda of this nation.

I welcome all of you here today to this great gathering which is important in the history of our nation. I come to you here today with a three point-agenda. I want to assure you that I and other Elite of Donga Mantung do not spare a day to carry all your concerns to the Prime Minister, Head of Government and to His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Cameroon. That is why I come to you today with a specific three point agenda, as follows:

v An investment development package by the state to the people of Donga Mantung;

v The pursuit of an Industrialization Programme for our Division through the FAINAP Programme;

v The assessment of the state of our children to take the mantle from us as the future leaders of this nation; I mean the issue of resumption of schools for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Concerning the Development Package of the Government to our Division, I want to assure you that the development concerns of this Division are a priority in the development agenda of this nation. I can assure you that I am perfectly involved in the pursuit of the financing of the entire Ring Road which is worth over 200 billion CFAF. While waiting and in very high level negotiations with the African Development Bank as well as the Islamic Bank, the Government has in the main time offered a package to give the population of this Division a comfort zone. In this light, I am happy to announce to you the components of the 6 Billion Immediate Package put by the State:

1. Kumbo – Ndu – Nkambe – Misaje, about 3 billion francs. Under this package, this stretch of the Ring Road will be fully resurfaced in laterite with major drainage infrastructure. Difficult parts of the road will be tarred to facilitate movement. These include the section from Kumbo to the stretch in Ndu Town from the Fon’s Palace Junction to beyond the Council Check Point towards Mbiyeh; over 2km in Binka covering the bad spots right up to the Fon’s Palace road; bad spots at Binshua; over 2km covering the Bansobi Hill on the way to Misaje and the entrance to Misaje up to the junction to Wum.

2. Oku – Noni – Misaje, 800 million.

3. Misaje – Nigeria Frontier, 1.5 billion with tarring of some steep slopes.

Apart from the Ring Road, many other parts of the Division have the following road infrastructure:

– Mbot – Wat = 500 Million; Misaje

– Three Corners Tabenken – Binju = 500 Million;

– Tarring of 5 streets in Binju = 500 Million;

– Nkambe – Ako = about 800 Million;

– Construction of roads, bridges with Police and Gendarme Gates in Nwa = 1 Billion.

Other projects in the pipeline which should come up by 2018 are:

– 5 km of streets in Nkambe from CNPS to GBHS Nkambe;

– 5 km of streets in;

– Electricity in Tabenken.

All these come to add to the special privilege given to Donga Mantung in the LIFIDEP and GP-GERUDEP Projects. Of these, I can site amongst others, the Buku – Abafum Road, Mbiyeh – Ngarum – Taku – Ntundip – Luh and many health centres, schools, markets, cattle markets, veterinary and community centres.

On the second point concerning the industrialization of Donga Mantung, I want to inform and reassure you that the FAINAP Project is fully planted and will transform our Division forever. If Cameroon is Africa in miniature, I want to say Donga Mantung is Cameroon in miniature as we see in the forests of Ako, the Tea Estate of Ndu, the great Agro Basin of the Mbaw Plain, the vast pastoral lands of Misaje, just to name these few.

The contracts for the award of 40 Million in special motorbikes for FAINAP Representatives and a multi-tilling and planting tractor have been launched. In the next FAINAP Board Meeting in November, I am optimistic to present all these to you.

I am also happy to announce to you that MINEPAT will be approving an Agropole of close to 2 Billion for the palm oil sector under the FAINAP Programme. A team from MINEPAT will be visiting our Division in the next few weeks to finalize studies submitted by FAINAP. Permit me to take inspiration from the words of Leroy Hood: ‘’don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether the world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.’’

On the third point concerning the assessment of the state of our children to take the mantle from us as the future leaders of this country I am here referring to the issue of resumption of schools for 2017/ 2018 academic year, I have this to say; Some issues concerning aspects of National life, particularly the Education and Legal sectors have been raised in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.the President of the Republic as guarantor of our Constitution, listened and acted and will continue bringing more solutions to the issues raised. No society is perfect whether it be in America, France, and Great Britain etc… Permit me again to recall the words of a famous American Civil Rights Campaigner; ‘’let’s bear in mind that Education is the Passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.’’ This makes me think we ought to allow our kids shape their future, for we will not be there tomorrow when they face a future we have compromised.

I hereby call on the people of Donga Mantung to give the President the credit for the good work he has done so far and will always continue to do to make our country a better place to live. Today I have brought a development package and I promise more will come, because your Leader President Paul Biya is listening.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Royal Highnesses, I want to thank all of you for coming here today and accepting that Donga Mantung works in a renewed hope of tolerance and greater expectations. I want to thank the Elite of this Division, wherever they are, for their unending struggle to make our Division attain the greatest from its potential. I however want to acknowledge the special presence or special contributions of the Elite who accompanied me as a development club for this division and especially for the organization of this event. I want to acknowledge the following Elite of our Division:

* Mr. Tamfu Simon, Geological Consultant and Former Director of Exploration, SNH;

* Mr. Talla Godlove, General Manager of BOFAS Construction Company;

* Mr. Adamu Musa, our own media icon who needs no introduction;

* Mr. Yerima Giyo, Civil Administrator and Director of Finance, University of Bamenda;

* Mr. Gbaka Ernest, Barrister Yaounde;

* Mr. Nforgwei Rogers International Book Publisher.

My special thanks to our own New Senior Divisional Officer for the quick response he gave to the organization of this meeting.

God bless Donga Mantung Division.

Long Live the Republic of Cameroon and its Illustrious Leader, H.E. President Paul Biya.

Courtesy of the speech: Abanda Marcel

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