Could Biya be trying to cajole the North West population?
The recent influx of many ministers the North West region have left many wondering what Yaounde could be planning.The Most recent of these ministers to visit was Emmanuel Nganou Njoumessi who launched with great publicity reconstruction works of the Babadjou – Bamenda road at a ceremony in the Santa Special Constituency.
This road which had almost become impassable had made it difficult for people to move between the two towns even though the distance was only 40km. It should be noted that the road issue was and is one of the greatest problems of the bamenda population in particular and The entire North West in general.The government through its partnership with the World Bank is injecting the colossal sum of 60.7 billion FCFA for the realization of the project within 24 months.
Another minister from the regime to show his face was Public Health minister Andre Mama Fouda who was in the region to launch the construction of the Bamenda University teaching hospital, according to Andre Mama Fouda the project will span 18 months and will cost the government some 15 billion FCFA, 10 billion in construction cost and 5 billion in the form of equipment. A similar project was also launched in Buea.
To many anglophones this move is another government plan to cover up years of neglect in the health sector.
Another Minister who couldn’t afford to be left out was Ernest Ngalle Bibehe Messina , The minister of Secondary Education who was also forced to come visiting as the ongoing Anglophone strikes continues to paralyzed the educational systems and in direct flight to confirming a blank school year in the entire country. Madam Youssouf Hadija Alim, the Minister of Basic Education also made a tour of the regional headquarters to inspect the writing of the 2017 government common entrance examination into the first year of secondary school.
Other ministers who visited the region have been trying in their own possible way to convince the population to remain a part if the “Unity State”, the PM Philomon Yang and some of his close collaborators met at the Bamenda congress Hall to rather concert on ways the party “close to power” would minimize the impact of the SDF and other political parties boycott of the day and also undermined the impact of the current socio-political anger expressed by Anglophones.
Amongst the president’s cohorts who challenged the horrible roads into Bamenda to show up was the Minister of Urban Developmentand Housing, Jean Claude Mbwentchou and that of State Property and Land Tenure Jacqueline Koung a Bessike. They came to inspect the low cost housing in the Bamenda. It is the first time this city is having such structures years after it was planned.
Other ministers who have also visited the region are the ministers of Higher Education and Sports and Physical Education Jacques Fame Ndongo and Ishmael Bidung Mpkatt, Mbah Acha Rose of the Supreme State Audit, and Atanga Nji Paul of Special Duties at the presidency.
The visits by the various ministers have been seen as a way to respond to the more than 55 years of neglect of Bamenda and the entire region as a whole which lacks passable roads, industries and some basic facilities of a modernsociety with only commercial bike taxis as the main mode of employement for the million of youths in the region.
The Northwest is currently seen as the capital of the ongoing civil unrest that has seen Mondays popularly declared as a non-working day in the region. The people of the North West however have remained indifferent to all these moves wich to them is a means to calm them and stop them from continuing with their resistance .