By Ajaga Nji
We answer the question "WHY POOR PEOPLE REMAIN POOR" by positing that the fundamental problem of poverty lies in illiteracy, ignorance, exclusion and insulation from science and technology. The basic premise of the paper is that limited access to education, denial of opportunity, low capacity levels in science, technology and engineering, the absence of political will and commitment are the main factors that contribute to keep poor people poor in Cameroon in particular and the CEMAC region in general. In spite of the rich endowments in natural resources, biodiversity, and culture, the North-West Province is not capturing its fare share of the national cake because of limited access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This is compounded by low participation of the private sector in the generation, development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge. The design and launch of an educational network will contribute to market the North-West Province and put the Province in an advantaged position to increase its scientific power and technological capacity in an era of rapid globalization and social change.