Cameroon Remains Resilient Amid Crisis

first_imgCameroonian Ambassador Beng’Yela Augustine Gang delivering remarks at his country’s 47th independence anniversary, observed in MonroviaCelebrates 47th Independence AnniversaryIn 2015 and 2016 the Republic of Cameroon could not just jubilate on their Independence Day, which occurs on May 20, but had something to show. During celebration images of major development in infrastructure and socioeconomic development were displayed for the view of invitees.However, since 2018, the desire for development has come to face challenges arising from violent clashes between separatist fighters and the national army in the North-West and South-West of the country, thereby killing people, burning towns and villages, and displacing tens of thousands of citizens.In his deliberation in Monrovia on the celebration of National Day on May 21, 2019, one day later after the main day, May 20, Ambassador Beng’Yela Augustine Gang said, “In recent months, my country has been traversing stormy weather with some vibrations being felt under the stout national edifice.”Amb. Gang, however, mustered the courage that for the very large majority of Cameroonians, the long-established reputation as a haven for peace in the sub-region will not easily pass into oblivion.He said amid the national challenges, both their leadership and citizenry have always deployed immense passion and conviction in the task of consolidating mutual tolerance.According to the ambassador, the Cameroonian populations, despite the tough moments in the country’s history, have continued to move with confidence into each other’s ethnic and linguistic zones to find temporary fraternal relief.While confronted by national crisis that has the propensity to halt development, Amb. Gang said the government’s intention for development of the people of Cameroon remains on the agenda.He said in the last two years the government has been actively engaged in peace and reconciliation initiatives characterized by the creation of an exclusive, special Common Law section at the National School of Administration and Magistracy that trains career judges and civil administrators and state financial managers.He added that under a decree of December 13, 2018, there was suspension of prosecution followed by the release of almost 300 detainees arrested in connection with the Anglophone unrest; the creation of a National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and multiculturalism by Decree of January 23, 2017, the opening of an English-speaking Higher National Polytechnique in Bamenda as an undergraduate-level institution attached to the University of Bamenda that was itself opened in 2011 as the second purely English Language State University of Cameroon.Other were the launch of the over 20 million dollar National Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Program for the North West and South West regions, and the creation by presidential decree of November 30, 2018 of a National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration.The NCDDR holding centers, according to Amb. Gang, has started receiving “Repented” fighters, who are assured that the laying down of their arms would be tantamount to total pardon and rehabilitation.“With the slight resurgence of Boko Haram incursions, especially in North East Nigeria, Cameroon has been under renewed pressure to host over 30,000 hew refugees with UNHCR support; and lastly, but without being exhaustive, recent repeated calls by President Paul Biya that we have now reached the time for urgent forgiveness, pardon and reconciliation,” Amb. Gang said.He said recent visit to Bamenda, Buea, Kumba and Limbe by Prime Minister Dion NGUTE in this May at the request of President Biya confirms that the mood in favor of dialogue and reconciliation is stronger.He assured that Cameroon will in all circumstances move steadily toward a developing nation with the hope of attaining socioeconomic emergence as a respectable middle income country by the year 2035 (Cameroon Vision 2035).In line with its vision, Cameroon is said to have completed various hydro-electric power plants; the kribi deep sea port, a modern, indigenously-owned cocoa transformation plant in the West Region, and a new, modern state hospital.The defense forces of Cameroon, the Ambassador noted, has continued to play key development roles—building modern roads in areas abandoned by foreign contractors scared away by Boko Haram threats.In sports, Amb. Gang recounted that Cameroonian under 17 National Football team won the African Nations Cup in Tanzania in April 2018, while the senior Indomitable Lions qualified for the next African Nations Cup, and aim to give excellent account of themselves in Egypt this June.A number of activities including sport encounters in Basketball with Liberia preceded the celebration on May 21, and with the cooperation of Liberians, Amb. Gang extolled the people and the police of Liberia for making the celebration a success.For Liberia’s situation, Gang said Cameroonians truly feel what Liberians feel, and in its current moment of tension have lessons to learn from Liberia’s past.However, he added “We also nurture fraternal hopes that Liberia does not slip back by undue presumptions into a past that we all neither want to remember, nor to see repeated.”He lauded his diplomatic colleagues in Liberia for remaining tireless, neutral, respectful and discreet in helping Liberia to avoid retrogression.Minister of State without Portfolio, Trokon T. Kpui, on behalf of President George Weah and the people of Liberia, extended warm felicitations to the government and people of Cameroon and recalled how President Weah has his football history tied to Cameroon.He expressed the hope that the bilateral relation between the two countries will continue to be nurtured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspense ends on Match Day

first_imgBy choosing to stay local, Ham and Zimmer bucked a growing trend among medical students to leave the area. More than half of UCLA’s graduates will head to hospitals outside Los Angeles when they receive their diplomas in June. Senior Associate Dean Neil Parker attributed the exodus to the high cost of housing locally. With up to $100,000 in student loans and starting salaries of $42,000, young doctors were finding Los Angeles increasingly unaffordable, Parker said. But they weren’t thinking about debt, finances or the details of professional medicine as they flashed their letters and snapped pictures with their fellow students Thursday. They were thinking of happy hours to attend and celebratory dinners. David Samimi hugged his friends. Then, for good measure, he hugged their parents. He had started out studying economics at Pierce College, transferred to UCLA as an undergrad and switched to medicine. He put in time as an emergency medical technician, then as a volunteer at the hospital. “You’d work there all night in this blue coat,” he remembered. “It didn’t mean anything, but a lot of the patients, when they’re first transported in, they think you’re the doctor. They’d really open up to you. And that’s when I fell in love with the job.” On June 1, he’ll don a cap and gown and graduate with the rest of his class. Three weeks later, the grads will begin as professionals across the nation. Samimi will intern at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, then head off to Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for his residency. “They’re all very excited and very confident now, but soon they’ll be off as M.D.s,” Parker said. “Then they’ll be in with their first patient and the nurse will turn to them and say, `Well, doctor, what do you want to do?’ … And that’s going to be the big moment for them.” (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTWOOD – Maggie Ham pulled the envelope off the wall, wondering about the precious contents sealed within. Ever since she could remember, the 24-year-old has wanted to be a doctor. Watching her father, a general practitioner, the Glendale native learned to love medicine at a young age. Now, after four long years of study at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, she would slit open the envelope’s flap and learn where she’d begin her career. “As `fourth-years,’ this day is all you think about,” she said. For most people, it was just a regular Thursday. But for Ham and 164 other medical students at the University of California, Los Angeles, it was Match Day, a nationwide ritual during which 16,000 students learn simultaneously which hospitals had accepted them as interns and residents. Ham gingerly carried her envelope back to the table where her friends waited with theirs. She was hoping to stay at the school where she’d learned, close to family in the city where she’d grown up. The students tore into their envelopes, pulled forth their letters. Ham cheered aloud. UCLA it was. She congratulated her friends and carried the news across the room to Raymond Zimmer, who’s considering cardiology. Dressed in a Superman T-shirt and clutching his own letter, he called out to Ham: UCLA had accepted the 25-year-old North Hollywood High School graduate as well. “I just can’t believe it’s finally here,” he said. “I’ve been wanting this my whole life, so this has been a long time coming. … I’ve gotta tell my parents! They’re going to kill me if I don’t call them.” last_img