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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Togo in protests against 50-year ruling Gnassingbe Dynasty.
This brings to question the issue of democracy; if it’s COMPETENCE or NUMBERS?
Reports have it that two protesters were yesterday gunned down by the Togolese police. An African civilian is like dry grass and the gangster regimes and their tools are like wild fire. We’ve seen protesters being killed in Cameroon, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and nearly everywhere in African countries where leadership has become a journey of no return. Give it a thought!