It Was Not Like This – Njobe Serge Ngala

On a Monday morning like this, one starts to think of how the week is going to be runned. Also, one reflects on how the years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes have been managed. In one of these reflections, I’ve made a comparative analysis of what has changed in Cameroon since the ‘New Deal‘ regime of President Paul Biya was enthroned. The most envied changes are seen in the domains of freedoms and liberties(even though most of them are faint). On the other hand, it’s corruption, embezzlement, dictatorship, elite class rule, ethnocentric selections, divide and rule, rich politicians and poor scholars, poor execution of projects, poverty, negligence and many other ills that will in the long term be difficult to be reversed. 

Nowadays, it’s very easy for a teenager to know if he’ll grow up to be rich and influential or not. It was not the case in the years before Biya became President of Cameroon. Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary once acknowledged that late President Ahidjo’s Ministers and top aids left little or nothing to show for. Today, Ministers, General Directors of State Corporations, Senators, Members of Parliament, and political business men are very rich; they’re at least ten times richer than Vice Chancellors, Deans of Faculties, Heads of Departments and other scholars talk less of the business class that has been reduced to buyam sellam with five digits capital such as then thousand FCFA.

It Was Not Like This,  therefore comes in to affirm that there’s a great disparity between what is observed today and that of the days of President Ahidjo. Obtaining grants and scholarships to study abroad is very reserved. How do you feel when 70% of your teachers come to the lecture hall and brag that they studied in the UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, and yet have nothing to show for because the political class has hijacked the wealth of the nation? In Nkambe for example, retired teachers own many houses while most teachers in active service are still renting and cannot pay their bills regularly. The problem here is the negative effects of change and time. This sometimes make people to think that teachers are “strong hand people.” Teachers are not well paid, what can a father of three kids do with one hundred and fifty thousand FCFA in thirty days? With the nature of Cameroon families where we have one rich man and nine poor people, this amount of money is insufficient. It’s insufficient because you have to pay your brother’s and sister’s children’s fees and buy them Christmas wears and buy 50 kg of rice for your in-laws.

Today is different because at the age of five, a rich politicians child knows that he’ll go to ENAM, IRIC, ENS etc if he wants while a poor man’s child is not sure of ENIEG. You cannot compare a child who treks every working day from Mbijah to Mbikong with a child who goes to school in a Prado car. There are families in Cameroon that cannot afford salt for 50 FCFA after every two weeks. Palm oil is still a luxury in the 21st century??? Give it a thought!!!

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Anglophone Crisis: What coincidence

Many people have talked and written about the ‘anglophone crisis’ that has for closed to ten months now been topping news headlines in the country. 

Students of St Rita’s College Nkambe pictured by Njobe Serge at 2:09 PM going to school on 16/08/2017.
My comment: The 2017 results of exams organised by the Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board is a true reflection of employment rates in Cameroon. Statistics from the board have it that , 38000 candidates registered the GCE advanced level, 33037 candidates sat for the exams and 11670 passed, recording a percentage passed of 35.52%. The results witnessed a drastic drop compared to 2016 were some 46000 candidates registered and 43000 sat the exams and 29000 passed giving a percentage passed of 66.52%. I have only used statistics for the GCE Advanced Level because this level produces some scholars to the job market. When you look at these statistics and compare them to the number of candidates who apply for jobs in Cameroon or those who write public exams in Cameroon, you see similarities in their results. Why am I bringing up this argument? Many people want children to go back to school but they’re not thinking of those who have graduated from higher education institutions and are still loitering around doing odd jobs like selling SIM cards, selling bitter cola, ridding commercial motorcycles and others that have almost nothing to do with knowledge acquired from colleges. This is therefore a clear indication that people are going to schools and people are graduating from schools with certificates that cannot put food on their tables.

The other argument raised by people who want children to go back to school is that, children will end up going into drugs, unwanted pregnancies, theft and other immoralities. This argument falls between legality and legitimacy. I say so because we’ve also seen too many graduates who are masters of the above cited immortalities as a result of idleness. Where are the jobs?

What should we therefore do? Let’s open the job market that has been closed by ageing and unproductive so called elites. OMG, CRTV is calling back “veteran journalists” at a time when young graduates from schools and departments of journalism have no jobs.

President Paul Biya bows to the Anglophone man’s heat and calls for the release of all arrested in relation to the Anglophone crisis crippling Cameroun.

This is a good way to continue from where we ended. The solution to the ‘anglophone problem’ will not come from one man. Take a bow!

Togo protests: Brave protesters arrest soldiers for killing 7 civilians.

This is a new era in the democracy of Togo. In a typical African country, the police arrests civilians and not the other way round. Because of false accusations and imposed behaviours, civilians are often controlled and condemned by the police of the dictators. The State media will often say something like “the police…to bring peace and order.”

We know all these things and we also know that the only peace and order in African democracy is when the population is dormant, the legislative is a puppet gathering, the judiciary is attached to the executive and the the executive is a bullyrag. 

The Togolese protesters went beyond the bullying and intimidating government to arrest members of the police force.

Arrest of members of the police force by civilians
Tikpi Atchadam, President of the Togolese Pan African National Party said, “Police shot and killed seven innocent civilians in Sokode over 300 kilometers from Lome who were protesting over the way one family has been ruling the country for over fifty years. From the father to the son. It’s like a family property and we are ready to resist that this time”. Scores were also reported injured.

The opposition members, with their red T shirts, chanting anti government slogans, also called for reform of the country’s constitution to include term limits.

President Faure Gnasimbge has been in power since February 2005, after the death of his father President Gnasimgbe Eyadema who ruled the country for 38 years, since 1967.

Kengong Johnson Bang, the highly gallant football promoter with a vision for Nkambe.

Kengong Johnson Bang, President of Bang Bullet FC Nkambe.

Kengong Johnson Bang aka Bang Bullet, owner of Bang Bullet FC is the man to deliver the goods.

He’s currently constructing football fields in Nkambe( for the male and female categories of Bang Bullet FC) , he’s said to soon establish a football academy in Nkambe and I’m reliably informed that his team has a new bigger team bus in the pipeline, that which most of you will see not long from now.

My take: I think that if Bang Bullet FC is well supported both financially and morally and the football club joins the Elite 1 category in the countries championship, the long awaited tarring of the Nkambe stretch of the deplorable ring road can be a reality thanks to the Nkambe team.

Nkambe people have done great things supporting the team but my little worry is that some people still try to watch football matches through the fence because they don’t want to pay 500 FCFA and enter each time Bang Bullet FC is playing at the Nkambe Municipal Stadium.

Football organisations have the ability to pressurise slumber governments.