U.S. Pledges Support to Combat Boko Haram

The new US Ambassador to Cameroon held discussions with the Prime Minister, Head of Government on August 28, 2014. The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang yesterday, August 28, 2014, at the Star Building in Yaounde, held talks with America’s new Ambassador to Cameroon, His Excellency Michael Stephen Hoza. Ambassador Hoza told the press at the end of the meeting that talks focused on ties between the two countries, adding that the US was exploring ways of helping Cameroon overcome security challenges, especially the Boko Haram insurgency. “We spoke…

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SDF Holds NEC Meeting On Saturday

Delegates to the National Executive Committee meeting, NEC, of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, slated for Bamenda, North West region this Saturday August 30, 2014, will examine pertinent issues affecting the smooth running of the party. Information from the National Communication Secretary, Beatrice Annembom Monju, talks of a NEC meeting that will likely discuss indiscipline by some party die hearts. She revealed that a possible matter is the case in Menchum North constituency in Menchum Division of the North West Region where the District Chairman reportedly assaulted the party Member…

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North West Registers Over 24,000 New Voters

A few days to the close of the electoral register in the North West Region, officials say there has been an increase in the number of newly-registered voters. According to statistics from the ELECAM North West Regional office, as at August 21, 2014, some 12,905 men and 11,772 women had registered, giving a total of 24,677 new voters. To go by division, Mezam tops the chart with 10,316, followed by Donga Mantung with 2,968. Bui occupies the third position with 2,820, followed by Boyo with 2,579 and Ngoketunjia with 2,189.…

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Indian-Cameroon Ties – Fastest Growing Economic Partnership

New Indian High Commissioner to Cameroon, H.E. A.R. Ghanashyam, sees brighter prospects for relations between the two countries. Less than a month after presenting his Letters of Credence to the Cameroon Minister of External Relations on 23 July 2014 in Yaounde, the new Indian High Commissioner to Cameroon, has been upbeat about the impetus he intends to inject into diplomatic ties between both countries. To High Commissioner A.R. Ghanashyam, the existence of over 21 official languages in India, religious coexistence, scarce natural resources for over 1.2 billion people, are some…

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Over 10,000 Registered In The Littoral

A series of last-minute evaluation sessions are currently going on in the Littoral Region to get as many voters as possible register before the exercise officially rounds up in two days’ time. With the onset of voter registration since last January, at least 10,000 new names have been added to the 900,000 voters already on ELECAM rolls as at July 2013. According to Ghislain Ngangue, ELECAM’s Head of Communication for Littoral, the current turn out of potential voters may make it possible for the 13,000 target to be attained by…

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Bulldozing Work Underway On Rural Section of Yaounde-Nsimalen Motorway

Bulldozing work is underway on the 10.8-km rural section of the Yaounde-Nsimalen double carriage road which comprises a state-of-the-art road to link Carrefour Ahala, passing through Carrefour Meyo to the Nsimalen roundabout. Target is to ensure a smooth circulation of goods and persons to and from the Nsimalen international airport. The Chinese firm, China Communications Construction Company Ltd, which got a service order on May 2, 2014 has already set base at Ntoutouli, Mefou and Afamba Division and its machines are currently clearing the forest and bulldozing the path. Preparatory…

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IMF Approves 122.4 Million U.S. Dollars for Chad

Chad is to benefit from 122.4 million US Dollars (about FCFA 60,894 billion) the International Monetary Fund, IMF Executive Board has approved to accelerate reforms to strengthen fiscal institutions and support growth, while maintaining fiscal discipline, a release from the IMF Communication Department stated. The money is within the framework of a new three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility, ECF. Mr Kordje Bedoumra, Chad’s Minister of Finance and Budget disclosed the information to Journal du Tchad on August 27, 2014, though the IMF Executive Board approved the money on…

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Cameroon ‘Redoubles’ Efforts to Combat Boko Haram

Cameroon is redoubling efforts to end violence carried out on its territory by the Nigeria-based Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The move comes after militants reportedly forced Nigerian troops to cross the border into the Central African nation, according to information minister Issa Tchiroma. Tchiroma said military collaboration between the two neighboring countries remains g despite Cameroon’s decision to close all of its borders with Nigeria due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak. “Whenever we have information regarding this [Boko Haram] problem, we share information,” said Tchiroma. “Cameroon soldiers have instructions…

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Lake Nyos – President Biya Offers FCFA 33 Million to Survivors

North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique, handed the donation on August 25, 2014, in Boyo Division. Some 2,616 survivors from 239 households of the Buabua and Kimbi resettlement camps in Boyo Division of the North West Region have thanked the Head of State, Paul Biya, for back-to-school gifts worth over FCFA 33 million. They received the gifts including FCFA 1.5 million to settle school fees for needy pupils and students on August 25, 2014 from visiting North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique who was accompanied by the Director of Civil…

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History Exhumes CBC Structural Problems

The denomination’s 50-year old history was the focus of a Ph.D thesis defence on August 19, 2014 at the University of Yaounde I. One of the country’s foremost Christian denominations, Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC), has come under criticism for impeding its growth through an archaic structure that has put the congregation above clergy throughout its 50-year old history, making it impossible for the clergy to lead the congregation to God. Making these revelations during the defence of his Ph.D thesis on August 19, 2014 in the History Department of the…

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Ebola Epidemic – WHO Urges Stepped-Up Entry Point Checks

The World Health Organisation, WHO, yesterday, August 19, 2014, aised countries affected by the Ebola outbreak to screen people departing at international airports, seaports and major land border points to help stop the virus from spreading, agency reports said. It dismissed the need for any further travel restrictions. Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have already imposed health measures at international airports, checking passengers for fever. But with long land borders often covered in dense forest, experts warn that there is little chance of controlling all cross-border movements. Meanwhile,…

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Cross-Border Ecotourism Promotion Envisaged in Congo Basin

Workshop participants in Congo Brazzaville are discussing the sustainable management of forest resources. Managers of reserved areas in the Congo Basin want to derive more income by ensuring that the resources are managed sustainably. In this regard, stakeholders on August 19, 2014, began meeting in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, to chart out a new cross-border ecotourism promotion strategy. Organised by the Congo-Oubangui-Sangha International Commission, CICOS, participants are expected to draw up work plans on the joint management of cross-border wildlife resources in line with current international norms. They will also…

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New Bell – Boy Allegedly Murders Father

The act follows a series of attempt to get his father give him a share of the property to no avail. Awe-struck inhabitants of New Bell in the economic capital are still finding it hard to come to terms with Thursday’s grievous mishap. A 25-year-old young man supposedly angry over his father’s persistent refusal to give him right over a part of his properties, including the right to rents from one of two houses and some money, buried a sword in his father’s tummy. Two close neighbours, visibly hard put…

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King Kevin Shomitang II of Mbaw Yakum Lives Two Lives

Africa’s history is filled with narratives of powerful chiefs who ruled large and small kingdoms. Many traditions of power remain, though they are somewhat reduced in the evolving politics of nation states. Families pass along inherited roles, but a young king in Cameroon sees a larger world. Here is one in a series of articles about some of modern Africa’s traditional rulers. Many traditional rulers still wield a lot of power in Cameroon. Yet, they also have to submit themselves to many restrictions imposed by the throne. Once crowned, they…

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Douala III Evaluates Mid-Term Budget

The 2014 budget for the Douala III council area came under examination during their council session on August 14. Going by the 2014 adopted budget of FCFA 2.45 billion, just FCFA 937 million has been raised within January 1st and July 30th, 2014. It came out from the session that part of the revenue collected that stands at 38.2 per cent has been used for developmental projects in the council are. According to the mayor of Douala III Council, Job Theacuteophile Kwapnang, FCFA 397.6 million that represents 16.2 per cent…

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Soboum-Bilongue – Community Grapples With Insecurity, Pollution

The myriad of insecurities in the neighbourhoods are linked to dirty environment. Life is quite different in the neighbourhoods of Soboum and Bilongue, Douala III Subdivision, from the rest of the economic capital. The nicety and calmness of daily activities is quickly interrupted by the sight of a greatly polluted gutter and its bushy length as one edges towards the bridge connecting the two neighbourhoods. The most telling experience is the ever-present pollution and insecurity that has become common knowledge among Douala city dwellers. From under and a little distance…

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Recurrent Cholera Outbreak in Far North Cameroon Highlights Development Gaps

Under a scorching sun, with temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius, Lara Adama’s family is forced to dig for water from a dried-out river bed in Dumai, in northern Cameroon. This is one of the rivers that used to flow into the shrinking Lake Chad but there is not much water here. There has been a nine-month-long drought in the region and Adama tells IPS that her family “digs out the sand on this river bed to tap water.” “We depend on this water for everything in the house,”…

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‘Hate Unleashed’ – Homophobia in Cameroon

The West African country of Cameroon has many problems, reflected in its dismal social indicators. But it is the issue of homosexuality that seems to excite the most comment from government and church leaders. Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon, as it is in 76 other countries around the world. But in Cameroon the police and courts seek to actively prosecute. Around a dozen people are jailed for homosexual offences each year. Even more disturbing is the homophobia that is being stoked in society, and the violence that hate can release.…

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African Aluminum Pots Pose Risk

Locally made aluminum pots and pans are very common in Africa and Asia. But a new study in Cameroon has raised questions about their safety. It said high levels of lead are leaching from the cookware into food. The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Perry…

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Ebola – Cameroon Bans Travellers From Nigeria, Others

Cameroon has placed a travel ban on Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, all battling with an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Francophone country’s transport minister Hon. Bello Bouba Maigari announced yesterday. A circular sent by the minister to airline officials, sea, river and land serving, said the ban decision was taken in Yaoundeacute after a meeting between the Cameroon government and concerned travel companies. The meeting was jointly chaired by Maigari and his health counterpart, Hon. Andreacute Mama Fouda. It said major concerns, are of preventive measures…

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Louis Berger to Oversee Yaoundé-Douala Highway Segment Construction in Cameroon

Cameroon is a key transit country for the landlocked countries of Central Africa YAOUNDE, Cameroon, August 14, 2014– Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com), a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has recently signed a five-year project management contract financed by local funds for the construction of the first segment of the Yaoundé-Douala highway in Cameroon. The total construction value of the project is almost €7million. Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/louisberger.png Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1305 (Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa) The road segment will connect Cameroon’s government and diplomatic hub in Yaoundé to the…

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Logbaba Mortuary Corpse Confusion – Mortuary Attendants in Custody

The three-year-old corpse’s family members have taken the matter to the Ndokoti Court. The dust over the corpse of a three-year-old girl handed to a wrong family on August 6th at the Logbaba District Hospital Mortuary is yet to settle. The family (Nyamben) of the already buried three-year-old girl’s corpse has taken the matter to the Ndokoti Court in Douala. According to the hospital administration, Dieudonneacute Ngono, who mistakenly received the corpse instead of that of his six-year-old daughter has equally been placed under custody at the 11th District Police…

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Cameroon Fears Ebola Spread From Nigeria

The Ebola scare has gripped Cameroon following reports that cases of the disease were imported from neighboring Nigeria. Cameroon’s minister of health has refuted the allegations. Rumors that cases of the deadly Ebola virus had been detected at the government referral hospital in Douala, Cameroon, spread quickly. Marcel Fru, 17, said he learned from television news reports that two Nigerians were taken from the Douala airport to a hospital after the virus was detected in them. Nigerians throng into Cameroon on a daily basis for business, vacation and fear of…

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