By Brice Tiku
An online forum for the exchange of progressive views, opinions and civil commentary on the workings of the Cameroon state, and strategies for improving the welfare and prosperity of its citizens has been launched. The Forum was launched by the Executive Coordinator of The Cameroon National Patriotic Youth Front (CNPYF), Dr Ernest L. Molua. Headquartered in Buea, the CNPYF is a community of young Cameroonians committed to standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to protect the Republic of Cameroon and its institutions. According to the Coordinator, the mission of the CNPYF includes educating citizens on the critical issues driving governmental policy; promoting the virtues of good governance; and empowering grassroots leaders and activists in taking local and national action to promote economic development. Dr Molua who is also the Executive Director for the Centre for Independent Development Research [CIDR], a Buea based think-tank, revealed that CNPYF will collaborate with the CIDR in its community programmes.
In line with the Motto of CNPYF which the Coordinator indicates as 'Development in Peace and Freedom,' the online forum is for Cameroonian nationals who must register with their full names, address and telephone numbers. He invites patriotic Cameroonians who wish to be part of this initiative to send an email to: CNPYFemail@example.com.
Asked why a new forum now, Dr Ernest Molua intimated that the time is ripe for Cameroonian citizens, especially the youths to stand up and be counted in the face of global economic competition and a ferocious distraction on the workings of the Cameroon state by some persons whom he declined to name. "No where is important to start as in online where business investors seek for quick information about new markets and where Cameroon's online space is noted to be crowded with negative propaganda, by self-serving persons,' Dr Molua added.
The Legal advisor of CNPYF, Barrister Valentine Bate, speaking from his Buea based office, also provided information on the strategic plan of the forum, which includes moving beyond its local influence into formal registration as a National Civic Society Organisation and urgently commencing capacity building initiatives for the Cameroon youth on civic responsibility and governance.