|Emmanuel Fuh Neba: CEO of CAMCORE/Award winner|
In reaction to the November 3rd 2011 call from President Paul Biya for the Diaspora to put their intellectual and technical expertise at the service of their country, an organization which was launched in the House of Commons (UK Parliament) by a group of UK based Cameroon diasporas will visit Cameroon soon. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Cameroon Council for Reunification-CAMCORE, their mission to Cameroon steams from the fact that they have embraced wholeheartedly the clarion call from President Paul Biya.
Emmanuel Fuh Neba, CAMECORE Chief Executive Officer told this reporter on phone that though based in the UK, CAMCORE is currently creating and establishing a robust network in Cameroon. Harping on why the Diasporas have to contribute to consolidate reunification, Emmanuel Neba Fuh said CAMCORE will create opportunities for communities to dialogue and collectively work on specific issues with efficiency and effectiveness, to achieve greater influence, thus promoting sustainable development. Emmanuel Neba Fuh further corroborated that “the solemn task of keeping our nation united, peaceful and prosperous is not the responsibility of one section of our society alone, but a lengthy community consultation task that requires a degree of prolonged and sustained effort from Cameroonian traditional rulers as well”. Reasons why in the few days, a CAMCORE delegation will visit Cameroon to meet and discuss with some Cameroon traditional authorities,( fons, chiefs, sultan, lamidos etc etc) MPs and some government officials.
|The Official launching of CAMCORE in the House of Commons|
Emmanuel Neba Fuh continued that during the struggle for independence and reunification of Cameroon, traditional authorities played a very vital role because their nobility and integrity won the respect of their subjects and gave Cameroon a new sense of dignity and destiny.
Accordingly, he observed that traditional authorities were the sine qua non for the avoidance of civil wars and administrative chaos, and played a pivotal role in the integration of diverse ethno- regional groups into the State.
50 years after independence and reunification, he noted “Cameroon’s once revered traditional authorities are helplessly watching their power progressively shrink and their institutions teetering on the brink of collapse. Their powers are eroding, palaces collapsing, and there are virtually little or no stipends for them. In fact, they have been shamefully relegated to the hallmarks of ‘royal beggars”
Emmanuel Neba Fuh who will be accompanied to Cameroon by a UK Parliamentary Researcher says “despite the raging debate on the role of traditional rulers in Cameroon, Cameroonians cannot help but believe that our nation can tackle rural poverty and emerge from the current dark era of stale political arguments if traditional authorities can make a genuine effort to embody a new spirit of service to their people and nation”.
Mr. Emmanuel Neba Fuh added that CAMCORE is working on a proposal that will provide a platform where traditional authorities can be seen as embodiments of wisdom and character, preserve Cameroon’s tradition and cultural heritage, and collectively advocate on issues of national interest, with the object of promoting sustainable development and giving Cameroon a new sense of dignity and destiny.
It should be recalled that Cameroon Council for Reunification (CAMCORE) is an organisation which was launched in the House of Commons (UK Parliament), by a group of UK based Diaspora Cameroonians. CAMCORE is open to working with a cross section of Cameroonians and friends of Cameroon, within and out of the country. According to reliable information, Emmanuel Neba and his team will seek for ways and strategies to consolidate peace and national unity as part of their contribution towards building a more prosperous and indivisible Cameroon. As Emmanuel Neba Fuh puts it: Our mission will be to discuss partnership working agreements with opinion and traditional authorities, liaise with newly established structures and enable them access resources capital, volunteers, training, equipments etc for a better Cameroon”.
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