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If Paul Biya and its allies think they can achieve their overall goal of torture and intimidation, of an entire oppressed and marginalised population, by brutally killing mere striking students without lethal weapons, demanding for non-political accountability for decisions affecting them, then surely there is a hidden agenda, as Prof.Lambi rightly puts it, although he has not yet landed. I am sure he would soon land. I do not see the death of those students this time around easily forgotten.
Kwikeh, you may not have understood my posting. We all agree absolutely, that admission into the medical school should primarily be based on academic merits. What I demand is equal opportunity for all, to attain this merit. In as much as some individuals have in born intelligence which can be express in any situation, you may still agree with me, that the “environment” has a part to play as far as human development and performance is concern. There are students who have graduated from UB or other universities round the world, whose university results could have been better, given standard facilities. It is the primary responsibility of the State, and in collaboration with local communities, to ensure quantity and quality for what ever services rendered to its citizens, be it education, medical, etc..... It is unfortunate, that the State chose to equip some hospitals better than others, in the same country. I wonder if there could be any satisfactory performance, from a health system, under- financed, under-equipped, under-staff, like the one we are having in Cameroon. To me, Cameroon’s position as far as the financing and performance of health systems are concern is totally unacceptable. That is a country with great potentials, and we must not sit down and be satisfied with a failed and irresponsible government. My regards to those dedicated Doctors and nurses trying their best despite all odds. Now, students have written a competitive exam, a number have passed; would you now say only those who passed the orals are academically qualified to read medicine? What about those who passed the written part, but whom for one reason or the other, which we are all familiar with, could not go through the orals. Are they academically qualified for medical studies or not. My brother, all what I am saying here is that the government is irresponsible, and should take up its responsibility and work in partnership with local communitees, as far as development is concern in cameroon. Government should create more opportunities for everyone. Now, the Government is saying that when this students graduate from the medical schools, they will be employed into the public service, are you sure that this will happen, is there any law established to guarantee this. Kwikeh,yes,it is vital to consider academic merits, but what happens, when all so called qualified students come from only one part of Cameroon; would you then complain of dominance, would that really help the country? My sincere suggestion is that there should be a balanced in the system, and it should be in good faith, and accounted for. I think Rexon, got the message!!! Ngajieh Nnoko Erick
Don’t blame Prof. Lambi, he is just an appointed Vice Chancellor (VC) !!!! If we Cameroonians, have accepted for so long , the basis of the system( laws and policies and institutions) that permit Vice Chancellors to State Universities to be appointed, then we should also accept that these appointed VC(s) be loyal to those who appointed them, and consider the interest of the society, as an opportunity cost. I have not carried out any review of the performances of appointed VC(s) or elected VC(s) to be able to make a learned comparison, but you may agree with me, that it could be a rational assumption, to assume that elected VC(s) could better serve public interest, than elected VC(s) everything being constant. With this assumption , we can rightly, advocate for laws and policies which will permit VC(s) for State Universities to be elected rather than appointed. And as Ma Mary rightly posted, “Eagle, VCs in Anglo-Saxon universities are usually elected by a senate of their peers (fully tenured professors). They are not political appointees and have a distant relationship to the political world”. Though I wonder how on earth, can anyone deal with human beings without being political. As for Prof. Agbor Tabi, his Master, Paul Biya, should at this time consider him as a source of shame and failure to the State, and therefore keep him out of State matters. For a Professor of his level, to come out, and declare publicly in this modern era, that a State is not accountable to its citizens is so ridiculous, just to say the least. Agbor Tabi, you should at your level, know by now, that accountability rests on clear and binding benchmarks and targets being set by policy makers and communicated to all those involved in and affected by relevant policies.Therefore the students have the right to question policies affecting them. If true, you (Agbor Tabi) made such statements to those students, then you were very provocative and aggravated the whole issue. But yes,come to think of it, you are right, to have told the students that they cannot change the system that has been put in place. How can they the students change it, without changing the laws and policies that have been in place for so long, if the so called elected parliamentarians , cannot do anything. Hon.Justise Ayah, has made it clear for us that for any meaningful change to be effected, be it setting up of an independent electoral commission or…., there would be a need for a change in the constitution. I suggest a national conference for this purpose. Just forget about your so call parliamentarians, nonsence people !!!!. As far as UB remains a State university, every Cameroonian, should have equal access to it, be it an Anglophone or a Francophone. This should also apply to other State universities, and not only in UB. What should be faught for, is equal access and opportunities for all the Cameroonians, to all the State universities. Now, we talk of merit as criteria for admission to the State Universities. Are we talking of academic or need base merits independently, or a combination of the two ! If we are talking of academic merit, fine ! Only those who have the necessary academic qualifications should be admitted to universities, but then, my question is , Do all the children in Cameroon, have equal opportunity to attain the required academic merit ? Could children, in villages, without access to schools, expert teachers, libraries, textbooks, health, safe drinking water etc,have opportunities to attain academic merits, and compete with children for example, in urban towns or cities, where the bulk of expert teachers are usually found, libraries(e.g. the British Council Libraries, American Cultural Centre libraries are all located in urban towns or cities), textbooks easily accessible ? Could children, from poor families, who walk kilometres to school each day, without breakfast , who cannot afford to buy note books, not to talk of necessary textbooks , have the same opportunities to attain academic merits when compared to their peers, who from rich or middle class families can afford these things ? We all know the requirements for human development. How many children from poor families, I mean who cannot afford the exorbitant fees in mission schools really ever find themselves in these mission schools where results are usually good ? I think, before we fight for academic merits, let’s first of all tackle the issue of equal opportunities, else only children and families who have the opportunities, will always dominate. The international body, must also understand that they are helping to create inequally in Cameroon, by only making available their aids to big cities and towns, for example, their libraries. Mission schools, should create opportunities for children from poor families, through scholarships. The State should respect the key elements of the right to education; that is availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality. Now, when we think of need base merits, in terms of the need for Doctors and other health services in Cameroon, which are the provinces, divisions, villages most in need ? Yes, as far as health needs are concern, we all know that the whole country is in a mess, but there are some areas feeling the impact more. Talk of people in the North, Far North, East provinces, then compare the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of the health services they receive to those received by people in the Centre, Littoral, southwest, North West provinces. I am sure you would be sad to see how inequally is deeply rooted in Cameroon even in the health sector. When I looked through the list below of the 127 candidates posted by Ongola-Iwondo short listed for the Medical studies in UB, I could only conclude, that the poor, will remain poor, while the rich will grow richer in Cameroon, with this trend of events. Look at the list again: “This is a total of 127 postulating candidates. Here is the distribution of the candidates according to the list of the Ministry of Higher education: - Adamawa = 1 - Center = 6 - Extreme North = 3 - Littoral = 3 - East =3 - North = 3 - North-West = 78 - West = 11 (including 10 english-speaking, holders of the GCEAL) - South-West = 39 - South (province of origin of the Minister for the Higher education) = 6 ” I wonder, whether the Ministry of Public Health was involved in the selection process; I wonder, whether the ministry of public health have a clear picture of the health needs of populations in different parts of Cameroon. I should suggest here, that if need base is considered, then more places should be allocated to areas most in need and although health facilities, goods and services will vary by context, they should include not only trained medical doctors, but also other professional personnel’s, issues as safe and potable drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities, hospitals, clinics and other health-related buildings, and the health facilities, goods and services made accessible to everyone. Finally, it is sad that in a competitive exam, names of candidates who did not take the written part, appear in the orals.This is not a strange phenomenon in Cameroon. I am sure, both Anglophones and Francophone families who had the opportunities, have benefited from it, especially when one refers to ENAM,POLICE,ENS, and did not question the process in the event of benefiting. This is something which I think is not helping the entire country, and we all, including those who have the opportunity of benefiting from it, should condemn. Ngajieh Nnoko Erick.
Oh my God!!!! I find it very strange, how ill-motivated the Cameroon government can be, to have seen red in a humble and deserved strike by mere students; to the extend that striking students were ordered to be brutally murdered. This is really an indication of an irresponsible and a failed government, hunted by the fear of its own ghost. That revolution, which the government seem to be afraid of, is bound to happen, and soon, should events like this continue to unfold. One thing, which the government should remember, is that right from the adamic age, man had been suffering oppression and intimidation but at all events, he only resorted to revolution as a means of finding solutions to his problems. Therefore I strongly would like to advice policy makers within the present government to desist from policies that recommend cruel and bloody atrocities like what we are witnessing now, only for the overall aimed of intimidating an entire population who love their country and institutions so dearly that they cannot afford to be indifferent to a failing State; for this can only provoke insecurity within and outside the country for its citizens. Though things are not going well for our beloved country at the moment, we should not become so hopeless and ruthless else we plunge the country into something we all we die regretting. There is always a way, when we sincerely want solutions; a government that listens to the voice of its citizens, can always stumble even reluctantly on relevant solutions. The government, should resort at this moment of great crises, to fixing solutions to issues like poverty, oppression and discrimination that create conflicts and which have bearings on security policy, even though the government might have failed before. It’s never too late, and where there is a will, there is always a way!!! Though the preliminary remarks made by the prime minister regarding the events which led to the brutal killing of those striking students, may cast doubt on the impartiality of an investigation he has ordered, we can still give it a chance, hoping that the facts would be objectively, impartially collected, assembled and analysed. By this also, I want to appeal to UB students and the entire population, not to give expression to their feelings in any violent form at this moment of great anxiety, unless they have a true picture of their capacity and incapacity and ensure that they have a reliable source of support and encouragement for any violent action they might deem necessary to accomplished. Though force is necessary, violent, should always be a last resort. This is the time to place facts and evidence together for any successful struggle. Cooperate with any investigation that has been ordered, no matter what perceptions we may have about it; it is a relevant step, for any meaningful struggle. Only facts and evidence will move mountains in this situation, especially as it concerns the State. Those facts and evidence should be made public as much as possible, at local and international level. The pressure should continue until justice is accomplished, but in a none violent manner. If you doubt the right processes to follow, for matters to get to an institution like the UNO, please let me know, and I will be pleased to furnish you with them. It is however necessary to try and get justice first, within the State, on matters concerning the State, while furnishing the local and international community with facts and evidence. Wider awareness and reliable information, is vital, for any meaningful struggle. May the soul of those departed students and all those who have lost their lives rest in perfect peace, and may God give their families, the fortitude to withstand the loss. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE !!!!!! Ngajieh Nnoko Erick.
Oh my God!!!! I find it very strange, how ill-motivated the Cameroon government can be, to have seen red in a humble and deserved strike by mere students; to the extend that striking students were ordered to be brutally murdered. This is really an indication of an irresponsible and a failed government, hunted by the fear of its own ghost. That revolution, which the government seem to be afraid of, is bound to happen, and soon, should events like this continue to unfold. One thing, which the government should remember, is that right from the adamic age, man had been suffering oppression and intimidation but at all events, he only resorted to revolution as a means of finding solutions to his problems. Therefore I strongly would like to advice policy makers within the present government to desist from policies that recommend cruel and bloody atrocities like what we are witnessing now, only for the overall aimed of intimidating an entire population who love their country and institutions so dearly that they cannot afford to be indifferent to a failing State; for this can only provoke insecurity within and outside the country for its citizens. Though things are not going well for our beloved country at the moment, we should not become so hopeless and ruthless else we plunge the country into something we all we die regretting. There is always a way, when we sincerely want solutions; a government that listens to the voice of its citizens, can always stumble even reluctantly on relevant solutions. The government, should resort at this moment of great crises, to fixing solutions to issues like poverty, oppression and discrimination that create conflicts and which have bearings on security policy, even though the government might have failed before. It’s never too late, and where there is a will, there is always a way!!! Though the preliminary remarks made by the prime minister regarding the events which led to the brutal killing of those striking students, may cast doubt on the impartiality of an investigation he has ordered, we can still give it a chance, hoping that the facts would be objectively, impartially collected, assembled and analysed. By this also, I want to appeal to UB students and the entire population, not to give expression to their feelings in any violent form at this moment of great anxiety, unless they have a true picture of their capacity and incapacity and ensure that they have a reliable source of support and encouragement for any violent action they might deem necessary to accomplished. Though force is necessary, violent, should always be a last resort. This is the time to place facts and evidence together for any successful struggle. Cooperate with any investigation that has been ordered, no matter what perceptions we may have about it; it is a relevant step, for any meaningful struggle. Only facts and evidence will move mountains in this situation, especially as it concerns the State. Those facts and evidence should be made public as much as possible, at local and international level. The pressure should continue until justice is accomplished, but in a none violent manner. If you doubt the right processes to follow, for matters to get to an institution like the UNO, please let me know, and I will be pleased to furnish you with them. It is however necessary to try and get justice first, within the State, on matters concerning the State, while furnishing the local and international community with facts and evidence. Wider awareness and reliable information, is vital, for any meaningful struggle. May the soul of those departed students and all those who have lost their lives rest in perfect peace, and may God give their families, the fortitude to withstand the loss. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE !!!!!! Ngajieh Nnoko Erick.