Calls for Extraordinary Cooperation among local Stakeholders
By Juliana Ndolo Mbua
The Divisional Officer for Buea Mr. Awungfac Bertrand has concluded a tour of his jurisdiction. The three month itinerary saw him visiting over 30 villages in the Fako Division, sensitizing residents on government’s policies and appealing for unity amongst community members.
The last lap of his 'meet the people" tour was in Buea municipality on Wednesday, February 14, 2007. Addressing the people of Buea at the Buea Town Motor Park, Mr. Awungfac called for an extraordinary public-private sector effort to increase awareness on national and community development. Though Buea is ranked amongst the top three highest productive towns of the Province, the DO’s major concern was on the assistance and expansion of Small Medium Size businesses. He outlined their importance stating that they contribute about 50% of the Division’s annual income and employ a considerable number of its workforce. He called for understanding, tolerance and cooperation in promoting the activities of the SMEs to ensure they grow and fulfill their role in the economy.
Speaking on behalf of the people of Buea town, Mr. Ngwange Eko welcomed the DO and commended his visit to the people as innovating and very timely. Buea, a ‘touristic haven’ with natural resources ranging from the highest peak in west Africa - Mount Cameroon - to a rich forest reserve with classical endowment of animal species and rare flowers, the town stands out as Cameroon in miniature. With the mountain towering behind the podium, the DO called on the people to be law abiding and conscientious in their developmental efforts. After his presentation, the DO opened a forum for questions. In the question and answer session, the inhabitants focused on the poor garbage disposal system, dilapidated structures of the Buea town market and the need for a bigger capacity cemetery. Responding, Mr. Awungfac promised to look into the issues raised and noted that waste disposal does not only affect bigger towns in Cameroon. Inadequate solid waste disposal could have deleterious consequences on the development of smaller towns like Buea.
Some local traditional dance groups spiced the public meeting. The Nganya dance group graced the occasion and the DO was symbolically dressed in the fako native costume, and christened ‘Mola Ikome’ by the paramount Chief of Buea, HRH Nakuve Chief SML Endeley. Elegantly dressed in the full-length loin-cloth and dazzling white-shirt knotted with colorful neck-scarf, Mola Ikome, danced and gyrated to the drum beats of the of the Lingombi and Nganya cultural troupes. The cultural displays culminated with wining and dining a diversity of tasty traditional dishes prepared to his honor. The meeting culminated late in the day and the people of Buea retired with a vision and hope for better working relationship with the DO and various local stakeholders.
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