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Monday, October 31, 2016

AU condoles with Cameroon following accidents, sends solidarity message


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 22 October 2016: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma sends her deepest condolences to the government and people of Cameroon, and particularly, to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the ghastly train accident, which occurred on Friday, 21 October 2016.
  The derailment occurred in Eseka in the Central Region, while the train was moving from the capital city Yaoundé to the economic capital Douala. The accident left over 55 people dead and 575 other passengers wounded.
  The AU Commission Chairperson also wishes speedy recovery to the injured, and supports the government’s decision to carry out investigations, in order to ascertain the cause of the accident, and prevent further such incidents.
  The Government of Cameroon declared national mourning, while providing assistance to the victims and families. The Chairperson reiterates the strong support and full solidarity of the African Union to the Government and people of Cameroon.

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Marafat Tells President Biya to Visit Eseka




Former Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization Marafa Hamidou Yaya has told President Biya to visit Eseka. Marafat who is writing from his prison cell in another explosive letter tells President Biya to surmount his fantasy irrational fear to visit the town of Eseka, where close to 100 Cameroonians perished in a train accident.
Marafa Hamidou Yaya, who is serving a sentence of 20 years in prison on charges of embezzlement, revealed in the letter that the dignity and emotion of a nation requires the chief executive to visit the site of the accident. President Biya’s former secretary general at the presidency of the republic argued that the commission set up by the head of state on October the 25th and composed solely of members of the government cannot guarantee impartiality, independence and transparency. Marafa Hamidou Yaya, recognized as political prisoner by the US State Department in 2012, suggested that the president should learn from the tragedy of October 21 and provide the country with modern infrastructure in the transport sector. Biya has a track record of not visiting areas in the country rocked by disasters. He shied away from the Lake Nyos gas disaster, the Nsam Efoulan fire accident, the Mbanga Pongo plane crash and recently the Eseka train derailment.



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Just In: People's Call from TV Set Viewers to CRTV GM, Charles Ndongo

MOTION OF SUPPORT AND THE PEOPLE’S CALL FROM VIEWERS OF CRTV TO THE GENERAL MANAGER ,MR CHARLES NDONGO ON THE OCCASION OF THE 57TH EDITION OF THE CAMEROON FOOTBALL CUP FINAL, YAOUNDE; 30 October 2016.

Dear Mr General Manager
a) Mindful of your recent brilliant appointment as the General Manager of CRTV by the Head of State after more than 40 years of service as a Journalist
b) Considering your resolve to leave CRTV better than you met it ,as exemplified in your timely appointment of new officials,
c) Elated by your recent visit to China during which you proudly announced to your viewers that CRTV has procured two new OB Vans and other state –of -the -art equipment
d) Conscious of the mouth –watering budget that you manage at CRTV, and the hundreds of refined and performing journalists that you have at your disposal
e) Aware of your determination to ensure that CRTV gives the upcoming 2016 Female AFCON the best media coverage
Do Resolve as Follows:
1) Appreciate the fact that you deployed a panoply of journalists to cover the Cameroon Cup Football Finals at the Yaounde Omnisport Stadium
2) Note with reservation that the French Reporters were far more familiar with football commentary than their English counterparts.
3) Draw your attention (with regret) to the fact that the kind of football commentaries your journalists, especially those of the English Language expression served Cameroonians are at variance with your 40 years plus experience as a Journalist and General Manager
4) Remind you that any such public showing during the upcoming Female AFCON would cause your esteemed corporation and person , as well as our International visitors very big embarrassment
5) Plead with you to reconsider, as a matter of urgency ,the kind of Reporters you send out to run football commentaries especially during the upcoming AFCON.
DONE INFRONT OF ALL THE TV SETS OF CRTV VIEWERS this Sunday 30TH October 2016.



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After Disastrious Football Commentaries by Female Journalists, TV Set Viewers Send Motion to CRTV GM

 MOTION OF SUPPORT AND THE PEOPLE’S CALL FROM VIEWERS OF CRTV TO THE GENERAL MANAGER ,MR CHARLES NDONGO ON THE OCCASION OF THE 57TH EDITION OF THE CAMEROON FOOTBALL CUP FINAL, YAOUNDE; 30 October 2016.

Dear Mr General Manager
a) Mindful of your recent brilliant appointment as the General Manager of CRTV by the Head of State after more than 40 years of service as a Journalist
b) Considering your resolve to leave CRTV better than you met it ,as exemplified in your timely appointment of new officials,
c) Elated by your recent visit to China during which you proudly announced to your viewers that CRTV has procured two new OB Vans and other state –of -the -art equipment
d) Conscious of the mouth –watering budget that you manage at CRTV, and the hundreds of refined and performing journalists that you have at your disposal
e) Aware of your determination to ensure that CRTV gives the upcoming 2016 Female AFCON the best media coverage
Do Resolve as Follows:
1) Appreciate the fact that you deployed a panoply of journalists to cover the Cameroon Cup Football Finals at the Yaounde Omnisport Stadium
2) Note with reservation that the French Reporters were far more familiar with football commentary than their English counterparts.
3) Draw your attention (with regret) to the fact that the kind of football commentaries your journalists, especially those of the English Language expression served Cameroonians are at variance with your 40 years plus experience as a Journalist and General Manager
4) Remind you that any such public showing during the upcoming Female AFCON would cause your esteemed corporation and person , as well as our International visitors very big embarrassment
5) Plead with you to reconsider, as a matter of urgency ,the kind of Reporters you send out to run football commentaries especially during the upcoming AFCON.
DONE INFRONT OF ALL THE TV SETS OF CRTV VIEWERS this Sunday 30TH October 2016.


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

After Blood Donation: Ta Nformi Christopher Fomunyoh Lays Wreath for Cameroon Train Accident Victims

.Courtesy of Foundation Radio's Mokun Njouny Nelson
The event at the crash site some 5km to the Eseka train station was solemn. A prayer from a Christian and another from a Moslem Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh then bowed in honour of his departed compatriots.
He was accompanied by local administrative authorities who briefed him on the circumstances of the accident and immediate measures that were taken to limit the causalities.
Earlier, the TFF President visited the Esseka hospital that offered first aid to the victims. Here he encouraged the medical staff for showing such compassion even under difficult circumstances.
It should be recalled that a day before, on Friday October 28, 2016 he donated his blood at the Yaounde Central Hospital and Emergency Centre.
The blood bank had ran dry following a ghastly rail derailment at Esseka on October 21, 2016, that has so far claimed close to One Hundred (100) lives with many more still in dire need of medical attention in various hospitals.
He was shown around by the Director of the Yaounde Central Hospital, Dr. Pierre Joseph Fouda and his close staff, to whom the President of TFF like he did to those in Esseka, handed a financial initiative for their endurance and as a sign of encouragement during these trying moments.





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Friday, October 28, 2016

Ta Nformi Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh Visits Eseka Train Victims, Donates Own Blood

  It was a symbolic but landmark stop at the Yaounde Central Hospital and Emergency Centre on Friday October 28, 2016 when the President of The Fomunyoh Foundation (TFF), arrived the health unit and voluntarily opted to donate his precious blood.
The blood bank had ran dry following a ghastly rail derailment at Esseka on October 21, 2016, that has so far claimed close to One Hundred (100) lives with many more still in dire need of medical attention in various hospitals.
Apparently unperturbed and still strong even after the blood reduction from his system, Dr. Fomunyoh took time to hand gifts of assorted items to the victims as he went around with near wet eyes comforting them to take heart.
He was shown around by the Director of the Yaounde Central Hospital, Dr. Pierre Joseph Fouda and his close staff, to whom the President of TFF handed a financial initiative for their endurance and as a sign of encouragement during these trying moments.




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Here is the Full List Newly Elected North West SDF Regional Executive Bureau Headed by Hon. Njong Evaristus

 (1) Chairman: Hon. Njong Evaristus Ndim (2) Vice Chair: Chenwi Mary Magdalene
Hon. Njong

 (3) Regional Secretary: Gideon Muluh
 (4) Ass. Sec: Ngomanji Emmanuel
 (5)Treasurer : Hon. Ngala Esther Ntala
 (6) Ass. Treasurer : Fornimoh nee Amuhbingyeh
(7) Financial Sec. Mohnkang Sidiki
(8) Ass. Fin. Sec: Yong Emmanuel (9)Sec. for political education and training: Hon. Wirba Joseph
(10) Ass. Sec. for political education and training: Dr. Bobuin John Gemandze
(11) Sec. for Communication : Chris Mbunwe Kongor
(12) Ass. Sec. for Communication : Wirngo Adamu
(13) Organising Secretary: Shusi Peter (14) Ass. Org. Sec: Hon Ndong Larry Hills
(15) Sec. for Human & People's Rights: Ngwa Petus
(16) Ass. Sec. for Human and People's Rights: Emi Emmanuel Abercy
(17) Socialist Women Coordinator: Hadja Patu Yengsi
(18) Ass. Socialist Women Coordinator: Aza Rita
(19) Socialist Youths Coordinator: Mutari Hamisu
(20) Ass. Socialist Youths Coordinator: Akein Donatus K.
(21) Auditor: Chi Ndi Thomas
(22) Auditor: Mbah Thomas Tekoeh (23) Legal Advisers:
Suh Fuh Benjamin,
Kemende Henry,
Nyah Magselus and
Fanyong Patrick Yong.
(24) Elected Members:
Balick Awa Fidelis,
Emmanuel Bafon and
Songwe Cecilia.



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Aisha Buhari Speaks Up About Her Husband Again After Controversial BBC Interview

Aisha Buhari has pledged allegiance to her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari after her outburst on BBC Hausa Service which led to an array of dramas.
Aisha Buhari
 
There are popular claims that Aisha Buhari might have returned to the same page with her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari after her explosive interview with the BBC Hausa service heated up the polity.
 Mrs. Buhari had earlier threatened to withdraw her support from her husband should he run for Presidency again in the year 2019 without altering the status quo.
 According to DailyTrust, the wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, yesterday said she will do everything to continue to support her husband and make sure that his administration succeeds.
She stated this during the flag-off of the distribution of relief materials to returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benishiek in Kaga local government area of Borno state.
She said she and wives of the governors would continue to give their support to ensure that the current administration at all levels achieved success.
“These relief materials you are seeing here today were a contribution from all the governors’ wives across the country. We are glad and very happy to see that peace has been restored in the Northeast,” Aishat Buhari said.  The resettlement packages included bags of rice, salt, golden penny Semovita, cooking stoves, packs of milk, cartons of enriched cereal supplements, cartons of royal instant noodles, buckets, blankets, slippers, food flaks, coolers, towels, and clothing materials for the thousands of returning IDPs.
In his remarks, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State said Buhari was a savior to the people of Borno for showing commitment to end the Boko Haram insurgency.


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Donga Mantung Mayors, Fons Applaud Solar Energy Project


Group picture with the Fons


Talking to participants during the one-day International workshop on solar energy, the Director of NOVE Consulting, Dr. Fabio Santoni explained that “Yellow Project” which he initiated is an initiative that seeks to provide lasting solution to the rampant electricity problems in the Division. Holding at a point in time that the divisional headquarters of Donga Mantung, Nkambe, has gone for three days without electricity, participants who were mostly made up of mayors and traditional rulers unanimously agreed that solar energy is the best solution.
Dr. Fabio Santoni who was the main speaker presented a vivid picturesque of the various standalone solar modules. He said the systems would be designed depending on the needs of the population ranging from individual households, to communities, water pumping systems and even water irrigation for those who want to engage in large agricultural exploitations. He also said that the idea is not just to sell Italian technology, it is also geared towards transferring of technological know-how given that some Italian experts will have to train some youths of the Division to ensure on the spot repairs and maintenances.
The Facilitator of the seminar, Ta Ngwang Blaise Nkfunkoh Ndamnsah was categorical that renewal energy is the best solution to energy problems in rural areas. He reminded participants that Nove Consulting Italy and Nove Consulting Cameroon introduced the idea as a way to curb electricity problems in Donga Mantung Division through the introduction and installation of standalone solar modules.  
Welcoming participants at the seminar, the Mayor of Nkambe Council Ngabir Paul Bantar said the project was a laudable one and would have loved to have it being implemented as soon as possible. He congratulated the Managing Director of NOVE Consulting, Dr. Fabio Santoni and Ta Ngwang Blaise Nkfunkoh Ndamnsah for the laudable initiative that will go a long way to impact lives in communities.
It should be recalled that the seminar was organized under the patronage of EuroAfricand, ANOLF and the Frontier Agricultural and Industrial Programme-FAINAP.

What They Said:

Bunyui Emmanuel Nyugab, Mayor of Ndu Council
Solar energy is the only means for this Division to emerge. The epileptic nature of electricity supply in the Division can only be solved if we embrace this project. It is a laudable initiative and I think my council will use it wisely to solve energy problems in Ndu.

Akio Augustine, Mayor of Ako Council
We are watching. Electricity is something that is farfetched in my municipality. We can only rely on solar energy for now. This is a good programme.

Mr. Mungusi, 3rd Deputy Mayor of Nwa Council
We are in the same situation like Ako. We do not have electricity in the entire municipality and I think this project to produce energy from the sun will be very useful in my municipality.

Ngariwa Lawrence, 2nd Deputy Mayor Misaje Council
Electricity lines have reached Misaje town but we are not yet connected. Apart from the fact that Misaje town is hoping to have electricity, all the other parts of the municipality are in the dark. This project will surely help in providing electricity to the villages. It is a welcome idea.
HRH Fon Mbunwe of Mbot, Warr Clan Head
I feel like Dr. Fabio is a savior sent to us. We have a technical school in Mbot with a woods work workshop which has been unable to go functional for three years just because we cannot afford a three phase electricity. It is pathetic that government has invested millions to acquire this machine yet students cannot use it and it is also deplorable that children graduate from this school when they have only been taught theories. My elite(s) and I are ready to raise funds to acquire an industrial grid that could serve these future technicians. This idea of solar energy is a good one.

The Fon of (Nkanchi) Misaje
I am happy that this project has been introduced to us and we should behave like hunters. We should embrace it and see how we can move from the dark. Today, one of the instruments of development is not only roads, electricity is also primordial. Come to my area and see how people struggle to charge phone before you will understand that this project is not only a necessity but very timely. Modern communication needs electricity, and with this project we will surely merge by 2035.

Fabio, Blaise flanked by FAINAP Coordinator, others

Flanked by local solar solar technicians

Flanked by President of National Youth Council, Donga Mantung

Group picture with mayors



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Governor of the Centre Region is No More

The Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation has announced the death of the Governor of the Centre Region, Joseph Otto Wilson.
Joseph Otto Wilson He died from an illness in an American Hospital in Paris in the capital of France where he had been evacuated for medical treatment. He has been Governor of the Centre Region since July 2014.
Governor Joseph Otto Wilson who was flown out of the country on the 8th of September 2016 for specialised medical attention.
The Senior Civil Administrator was born in the Littoral region of Cameroon some 52 years ago.
Prior to his appointment as Governor of the Centre Region, Otto Joseph Wilson had served as Governor of the North Region.
He had also been Inspector General in charge of Electoral Matters at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization.
The Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation has extended heartfelt condolence of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya and that of the entire Government to the family of late Governor Joseph Otto Wilson.
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Courtesy of CRTV


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Gov't Offers Free Medical Care to Victims of Eseka Train Accident President Says

President Paul Biya has said that government will take care of all the victims of the train fatal accident of last week. President Biya who rushed from Europe on Sunday  also instructed that a proper investigation be carried out to detect  the causes of accident that killed close to a hundred and or more Cameroonians.  On Sunday, the government appealed for additional blood donations to assist with the treatment of some 600 people who suffered injuries.“I have ordered an in-depth inquiry into the causes of this accident,” Biya told state TV in French on returning to Cameroon on Sunday afternoon after a trip in Europe.“I have ordered for victims’ (medical) costs to be paid for by the state,” he added.Operator Camrail, a unit of French industrial group Bollore, said on Sunday it had set up a special train service to fetch bodies from the crash site.Witnesses said that before the crash extra carriages had been added to the train to accommodate exceptionally high demand for the service, due partly to the collapse of a portion of the main road linking the two cities after heavy rain.It was not clear if that had played a role in the accident.Camrail said on Sunday it had received permission from the command post managing the lines before commencing its journey.Technicians from the firm have been made to help police with their inquiries and psychological support is being offered to victims, the firm added.
As Cameroonians dress in black today to mourn those who died in the accident, President Paul Biya sources say is expected to address the nation today. Tongues are now waging as to what President Biya will tell Cameroonians. 



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Sunday, October 23, 2016

After tragic rail/road incidents, The President of The Fomunyoh Foundation, Dr Christopher Fomunyoh sends sympathy message to grieved Cameroonian compatriot


After tragic rail/road incidents, The President of The Fomunyoh Foundation, Dr Christopher Fomunyoh sends sympathy message to grieved Cameroonian compatriots...FULL MESSAGE..........
Fellow compatriots, yesterday Friday, October 21, our country experienced the worst train accident in its history when the Yaounde -- Douala inner-city train derailed in Eseka, Nyong & Kellé division of the Center region. According to reliable sources, the accident caused over 100 deaths and over 600 wounded.
I hereby express my deepest heartfelt condolences to those that lost family members, friends and loved ones in this ghastly accident. I also wish a rapid recovery to those that sustained injuries. Indeed we are all in shock and tears because a disaster of this magnitude is a real national catastrophy. Moreover this accident occurred only a few hours after the collapse of a pavement on the Yaounde - Douala road around Boumnyebel in the same division that cut off road communications between the two main cities of the country.
During these challenging times of national mourning, and as we pay homage to our fallen compatriots, we must stay strong and resolute so as not to give room to a national psychosis or perverse sense of pessimism.
I hope that à thorough investigation by competent authorities and relevant services would allow us to determine the responsibilities of those involved. Such an investigation would facilitate an honest indemnification of victims and their families, and proper medical treatment of the wounded. Ultimately, we must draw lessons learned from these sad occurrences to institutionalize appropriate policies on crisis management and the maintenance and upgrading of our national infrastructure.
May the good Lord (Allah) bless our dear country Cameroon, and reinforce our sense of national solidarity so we can continue to be each other's keeper.
Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh
President
The Fomunyoh Foundation
www.tffcam.org///////////// ////////////



Mes chers compatriots, dans la journée du 21 octobre 2016, notre pays a été secoué par le déraillement d'un train passager au niveau d'Eseka dans le Département de Nyong et Kellé, région du Centre. Selon de sources credible, ce deraillement du train inter-city assurant la liaison Yaoundé -- Douala a causé plus de 100 morts et plus de 600 blessés.
Je saisis cette occasion pour exprimer mes condoléances les plus attristés à toutes nos familles qui sont en larme depuis hier. En effet, nous sommes tous en larmes car une perte en vies humaines de cette envergure est une catastrophe nationale inédite. Je souhait vite rétablissement aux blessés. Nous sommes tous sous le choque, surtout que le déraillement en question s'est produit quelques heures seulement après l'effondrement d'une partie de la seule axe routière lourde Yaoundé -- Douala au lieu dit Maniya prêt de Boumnyebel, dans le même département.
Pendant ces moments de recueillement et de deuil; pendant que nous rendons hommage aux valeureux compatroits donc les vies ont été arrachés prématurément, nous devons rester serein pour éviter que la psychose ne s'installe et ne nous paralyse dans un pessimisme ambiant.
J'espère qu'une enquête profonde sera diligenté au plus vite par les autorités et les services compétents pour nous permettre de situer les responsabilités. Une enquête devrait aussi faciliter le dédommagement des familles endeuillés, la pris en charge des blessés, et l'identification des leçons à tirer de ces événements malheureux quite devraient nous orienter dans l'adoption d'une véritable politique de gestion des crises et d'entretien des infrastructures dans notre pays.
Que le Seigneur (Allah) renforce notre esprit de solidarité en veillant sur notre cher pays, le Cameroun.
Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh
President
The Fomunyoh Foundation
www.tffcam.org



















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Friday, October 21, 2016

Train Derailment near Eseka: Dead Toll Rises to 54..........




The train was traveling between Yaounde and Douala, when it overturned near Eseka. Eye witnesses say there were approximately 1,300 people on the train instead of the usual 600. Transport minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o said 54 (55) persons died and over 575 sustained injuries in the train derailment near Eseka, today October 21, 2016. Speaking on CRTV, Transport minister added that the accident has recorded significant human and material damage.  However, classified sources say about 14 persons are still trapped in some of the wagons and many may die at night fall. The cause of the derailment is still to be established.
The derailment came after the road linking Yaoundé and Douala collapsed today morning at Matomb, momentarily interrupting traffic between the two main cities. Following these incidents, the airline Camair-Co announced that it will increase the frequency of its flights between Yaounde and Douala.



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