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Saturday, August 1, 2015

PEACE PRAYER FOR CAMEROON, AFRICA AND THE WORLD (By Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle)

 BY BARRISTER NICO HALLE

Ntumfor Barr. Nico Halle: Peace Crusader

Almighty God, Alpha and Omega, You are Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. You are maker of the whole world and creator of Heaven and earth. You made man in your own image. Awesome image indeed. To demonstrate your love, you created all the resources for the welfare of man. Your love is unconditional, unquestionable and unimpeachable. Oh God, the evil one- the devil- has over the years invaded your pleasant world shredding it in the most brazen and wanton manner. Despite this sordid betrayal of man by yielding to the devil, you still continue to show love to your children all over the world. We come before the throne of your grace with contrite hearts owning up by naming the sins which have taken us away from your infinite love.
Merciful and everlasting Father some of our iniquities we bring before you as a sign of our admission of our sinful nature are: greed, hatred, jealousy, arrogance, pride, envy, hypocrisy, deceit, falsehood, indecency, theft, make belief, favouritism, concoction, manipulation, betrayal, corruption, bribery, embezzlement, heresy, electoral fraud, tribalism, election rigging, adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality, bigotry, chaos, disaster, disorder, racketeering, mercenary disposition, cover up, covetousness, laziness, inertia, levity, bootlicking, false pretence, exploitation, fraud, sexual harassment, lies, disloyalty, graft, haughtiness, waywardness, idolatry, cabal demagogy, disobedience, bad governance, impurity, intrigues, gimmicks, lawlessness, selfishness, conflict, violence, terrorism, unrest, wars, strife, genocide, carnage, ethnic cleansing, deprivation, destruction, vaulting and unbridled ambition, injustice, false imprisonment, power abuse, occultism, religious fundamentalism, mysticism, suicide bombing, in short decadence in all its forms.
The above iniquities and more have distanced us from your Grace. How can we explain Oh God, that Africa which is the richest continent on planet Earth is not only paradoxically very poor, but ridden with unrest and all kinds of atrocities? How can we explain Oh Lord that man that You made in your own image and placed to have dominion over your creation has fallen short of his responsibility and now crawling on his/her belly experiencing excruciating pains? Is it not man, Oh Lord, because of greed and hatred that has created terrorist groups namely, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East, FARC, NAZAL, just to name a few. These terrorist groups have committed great atrocities and wanton human rights violation all over the world. Some of the victim countries like Turkey, India, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Columbia, Yemen, Ukraine, Egypt, Libya, Mali and recently Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon have either been totally or partially shredded by kamikaze terrorist acts. Where has the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom disappeared to? Why do your children waste a lot of resources in the manufacturing of arms of various brands, heavy weaponry especially weapons of mass destruction? What sense does it make to take life when one cannot give life? Despicable Indeed! When we look around, we see everything but love, peace and justice.
Oh God, unrest and strife will continue to be a major threat to the world if you do not look down on your children with pity. We have now advised ourselves Oh Lord, that your word is the Kingpin if we must be saved from self-destruction.
We pray Oh Lord that you should talk to all the world leaders, touch their hearts and transform those who are hardhearted to have pity on their people and lead them in the fear of the Lord. You have said in your word that if we see a righteous leader we will also see a happy people, that an evil leader is also surrounded by frustrated people; Prov 29:2. We call upon your Mighty name to empower the UN Security Council, the African Union and also other peacekeeping structures to build peace, love and justice and that when this is done, the various brands of arms that are manufactured should rather be destroyed to avert the temptation of using them on man, and that the resources used for the manufacturing of these arms should rather be used to curb unemployment, poverty and improve on infrastructure and livelihood of your people.
Lord also empower the global church that has been seeking more souls for You and transforming lives, to intensify your message to the people while preaching by example.
All these ideas will came to naught if we do not have you permanently on board. Your word tells us that unless you build the house, the laborers labor in vain, and unless you keep watch, the watchmen watch in vain,    Ps 127. You also said in your word that “blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” Matt 5:9. Make your children peacemakers Oh Lord.
May you particularly, Oh Lord, bless the people of Cameroon, the Armed forces, the Government, the Head of State and empower us as we face the challenges of eradicating the Boko Haram phenomenon. Equally Oh Lord, empower the people of Nigeria, Chad and Niger who in alliance with Cameroon are doing everything to free your children. For the other nations that are providing love and assistance to African Nations in general and Cameroon in particular, we commit them into your loving hands.
And finally, may you create an enabling and conducive environment Oh Lord, for the varied and various natural resources that you have richly blessed Cameroon; Land of Promise, Land of Glory to be exploited for the well-being of your children, some of whom are experiencing excruciating poverty and unemployed, completely desperate about life.
We are however comforted by your word which says “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for”. Jer 29:11. We are assured by your word Oh Lord that “through the love of God Our Saviour all will be well”. 
Amen.


Written by
Barrister Nico Halle
31st July 2015
DOUALA






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Reorganization of CPDM Basic Organs: Another Chopping Arrangement for Kingpins, Marabouts



To be a career poli(thief)cian while militating in the CPDM is seemingly is an art of impossibility. In order to succeed, those who are smart always go the other way round to get what they want. You either go for a political godfather or marabouts. But these godfathers and marabouts have also proven to be so on reliable to the point that they see from sides of the coin. As to whether CPDM Section Presidents (including resource persons, central committee delegates etc) are truthful democrats who have had democratic principles ingrained in them from infancy remains another myth. The Chairman of the CPDM has just announced the reorganization of the basic organs of the party and the level of heat around the country is immeasurable. Coaches just developed wings over night while some butterflies already think themselves birds. This is not strange any way. The services of political kingpins who are specialized in influence peddling will obviously be needed to a pay. Those who are specialized in black magic to win elections are already knocking the doors of marabouts. It is even alleged that some marabouts from the North West have already taken off for Yaounde. Their services are on high demand as the struggles as to who should be elected might likely go deadly in some localities.
This is the time CPDM politicians must also learn to be democrats, not vindictive and self-serving tyrants. The sine qua non reason why the militants should overwhelmingly against this or that aspirant is gradually gaining grounds nationwide. Prior to some aspirants are already being treated as irrelevant. With the way things are going, the CPDM is all but this process could lead to more decamping for this or that reason.
Thomas Jefferson, one of the men who penned what became known as the American Constitution, once said that "government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors." So does leadership. Yet those who wear arrogantly the CPDM have proven to either be after something or running away from something.
I still remember the famous “Generation 2011” like it was yesterday. You know, the CPDM as observed like to see people tearing themselves apart. The question as to why the Central Committee cannot build a formidable political bloc devoid of the usual infighting and divided loyalties; a new sociopolitical platform that will not be driven by lust for power or wealth continue to beg for answers. But by a burning desire to represent personal ego, much room is given for influence peddlers and political witch hunters to excel. I usually analogue politicians and economic gangsters will use cash to carry all the votes. The end result will be that the party will be managed from someone’s pocket based in Yaounde. Chinua Achebe in his magnum opus, Things Fall Apart: puts, "The bird says that since hunters have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching." The reorganization of the CPDM basic organs will bring into the scene a new breed of politicians, the UFOs. They fly at imaginable speed and with cash in hand they will behave like birds to grab all votes to the detriment of the party and grassroot militants.
 



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Fireworks Expected as CPDM Launches Reorganization of Basic Organs



The Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement-CPDM has announced that the long awaited reorganization process of its basic organs will kick start in the weeks ahead. The communiqué signed on July 27, 2015 by the National Chairman of the ruling party, Paul Biya did not give the specific date the process will be launched nationwide and in the Diaspora. However, the circular by CPDM chieftain indicated the modalities for participation. CPDM scribe, Jean Kuete is quoted to have said that the ample information on the reorganization shall be published in the CPDM newspaper, L’Action of Monday August 3, 2015. The Eye gathered that ever since this communique was made public, some militants of Chop People Dem Money party have been having sleepless nights. Nocturnal visits to soothsayers and marabouts we gathered have increased geometrically. It is also alleged that some aspirants were already held meeting strategizing on how to rig.  This is so because everyone is suspicious at every other person. The reorganization process is likely to generate fireworks in some sections in the North West and the South West Region. In the North West for example, Santa, Ndu, Ako, Nwa, Noni, Oku, Jakiri, Bamenda II and Batibo will be at the centre of attraction given the number of aspiring candidates. In the South West Region, the long accumulated grievances between Senator Mbella Moki, Hon. Lifaka and Mayor Ekema Patrick will surely find cracks to explode. The validation of cards will be another big problem given that while there was a regional team charged with the distribution of cards (through Section Presidents), some politicians went directly to the Central Committee to acquires thousands. Some of these cards are still kept under their beds and will surely surface on Election Day (a suivre)


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Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 GCE Results: Humphrey Monono Messes Up Candidates Again(1)



Some 180.000 candidates sat for the General Certificate of Education-GCE (A Level and O level) are worried and disturbed over the nonchalant attitude of the Cameroon GCE Board. This is so because majority of them have not been able to get their results. The results were announced over Cameroon Radio Television-CRTV today July 31, 2015.
It has been a tradition that results are always published in Newspaper. But since 2013, the GCE Board introduced a new system whereby candidates could obtain their results through the mobile phone. Humphrey Monono argued by then that he was trying to give equal opportunities to all the candidates especially those in rural areas. With the results already published, majority of the candidates have complained bitterly that they texted the required information several times using the code (8006) that was read on radio, but did not get the feedback. Even though their airtime credit was consumed, no responses were received.
Humphrey Monono, Registrar of the GCE Board, they said is seemingly more concern with what he makes for his pockets more than their satisfaction. “He is there because we also wrote the GCE. In fact, I see this as a new form of scamming”. One of the students who said he had consumed over FCFA 300 air time in his phone complained that he sent the message severally (5 times) yet received no feedback. “Why is it the GCE Board cannot post the results on the site”, Nformi Jeanis exploded in anguish.
Students stormed newspaper sales and cyber cafes to get the results but ended up in a mess. Tongues are still waging as to why Humphrey Monono could test the system before going into any agreement with the said mobile company. Some students are wondering why the GCE Board could not make the results available in all the centres in record time. 
 Popular opinion holds that this is very poor of the CGCEB, after many criticisms and setbacks for the last two years; the GCEB can't get better options to view students’ results. To others it is horrible and Monono has failed. “What a shame to the GCE board; that results will be announced as released yet students can’t have their results on time just because somebody somewhere wants to make money out of the result



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The Eye Newspaper is Social Value Champion!!!


Many Thanks
2degrees Champions Award to The Eye Newsper in UK

We are pleased, honoured and humbled to accept this award, as well as join the past recipients who we have long admired and respected for their innovative ideas. A very special thanks to those who voted for The Eye Newspaper's "A Clean Community Program" via 2degrees and an enormous salute to all of this year's nominees, each of whom have made incredible innovative contributions in their communities and cities.

 In Africa, it is widely acclaimed that when you cross the river in a crowd, the crocodile won't eat you.
 Thank you 2degrees for making us to stand tall from the madding crowd. What a gift and stimulant to us at The Eye Newspaper that will FOREVER act as a spur for us to propagate the idea of collective efforts. Figuring out how to build resilient communities that can be responsive, incredible smart and or make people attentive about their own community is a fascinating and rewarding experience. Winning this award is the best thing that ever happened to us professionally.  None of us ever thought we could reach this level, but here we are with the world's best.  We live in a high-poverty area, and because of that we face a lot of challenges.
When the Ebola virus was ravaging lives next door, we thought of the old mothers and fathers in the villages who could not read what we write about the dreadful virus in our newspaper. It was scary. To mitigate this, we introduced this small idea of "A Clean Community". We did not only mitigate the risk, but our results were impressive, malaria was reduced due to the cleanliness, trees were planted and water catchments were protected.
 Thanks to 2degrees, this program has caught public admiration to the point that - North West Governor, Adolph Lele Lafrique - recently recommended a regional clean-up campaign competition.
 In fact, we wanted Donga Mantung to be a better place for all. Free of Ebola and other diseases like malaria, cholera etc that are linked to dirty environments. Now it is the entire North West Region of Cameroon that has joined the cause. This award therefore doesn't mean we have reached the summit; rather we see it and accept it as a challenge to be more innovative.
Thank you so much to 2degrees for representing us at this fun-filled award ceremony!
  

Fai Cassian Ndi

Editor

The Eye Newspaper

https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/thank-you-2degrees/

2015 GCE Results Published

The Cameroon General Certification Examination-GCE Board has released the results of last June 2015 session. According to the published statistics, GCE Ordinary Level recorded a better performance scoring 44.93% as compared to 34.41% recorded in 2014 session. On the other hand, the GCE Advanced Level dropped from 63.98 per cent success down to 60.41 per cent this year.  12 schools scored a 100% in A Level while 17 scored a 100% in the Ordinary Level. It is aired that results of seen schools have been withheld. For the GCE Technical results, we do not have the statistics. However, the Registrar of the GCE Board, Humphrey Ekema Monono is still expected to clear the air on widespread allegations that the GCE examination questions leaked this year in some centres around the country. Maybe the reason why the number of schools that have been suspended have increased geometrically. However, the mode of accessing to results just like last year is through a Mobile Telephone company. This is done by texting  (SMS) consisting of candidate’s centre number and candidate's number and name (without spaces, comma, full stop or dash) to 8006.Last year, the mtn code was 8070

(More details soon)



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hon. Genesis Mbucksek Commended for Nwa Rural Electrification Project



The Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division has appreciated the efforts deployed by some MPs to lobby for rural electrification projects in the Division. Ngone Ndodemesape Bernard made the declaration at the beginning of the week during the official launching of rural electrification projects in Donga Mantung Division. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Donga Mantung SDO said the electrification projects are estimated at more than FCFA 2billion. He said not long ago the Rural Electrification Agency paid out compensation in some localities in the Division. “This time the Electricity Development Corporation is coming with another project that involves over 12 localities in the Division”. Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the committee that will carry out assessment of property that will be damaged, the SDO continued that “this is development coming”. It was during this launching that the representative of Electricity Development Corporation –EDC disclosed the various packages. According to the representative of EDC, three sub Divisions will benefit from this first phase of the project. They are Nwa, Nkambe central and Ndu sub Divisions respectively.
The Eye gathered that it is thanks to Hon. Genesis Mbucksek that electricity will get to Nwa, the sub Divisional headquarters and its environs not as purported by some elite of Nwa. That is why Donga Mantung SDO was very clear when he revealed that it is thanks to the MPs of these areas that the projects were approved. Hon. Mbucksek we learnt had spent huge amount of money for the feasibility studies given the hilly nature of the area.
To confirm this, a classified source in the Ministry of Water and Energy hinted that this project submitted by Hon. Genesis Mbucksek was approved as far back as 2012 as per the instruction of the Minister to the Director of PRERETD. Yet, it is alleged that some elite(s) of Nwa were on tree tops claiming to have worked for the project. With the above evidences, the true hunting dog for the people of Nwa is no other person but Hon. Genesis Mbucksek. “We are happy with Hon. Mbucksek for his exploits as far as this project is concern”, Fon of Mbem, head of one of the beneficiary communities told this reporter. The Nwa Electricity project extends from Luh, Sop, Rom, Mbem to Nwa town.
It should be recalled that Nwa Sub Division is the only administrative unit in the North West Region that has benefitted from the Green Tree Accord following the verdict of the Bakassi crisis at the international court of justice. This is so because seven villages along the 140km long boundary between Nwa and the Taraba state were handed back to Cameroon. Hon. Mbucksek has been burning the midnight candle to make sure that the quality of life in his constituency is improved, especially those of these villages. Nwa is the oldest and the largest Sub Division in Cameroon yet access to electricity has been an acute problem. Prospects are now high that with the coming of electricity to Nwa, other surrounding villages will soon be connected inorder to enjoy the benefits of modern technology.



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President Buhari's Official Visit to Cameroon (PhotoNews)

President Buhari and President Paul Biya are expected to  activated the deployment of the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram after this official visit  Cameroonians and Nigerians are hoping that the two statesmen will also discuss further joint measures to curb terrorism, violent extremism and other cross-border crimes. That is why President Buhari came to Cameroon with a very powerful delegation consisting of State Governors, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency.

Governors in the President's entourage includes, Alhaji Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa State, Mr. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Mr. Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Mr. Darius Ishaku of Taraba State.




 








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