The launching of Fund Raising by the South West Regional Support Committee for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Re-Reunification of Cameroon has raised a quarter of 3 hundred million for the event. The 74.5 million frs CFA was raised on Saturday in Kumba, Chief town of Meme Division; where the reunification struggle all started. With the target sum being 150million frs, the South West has unto June ending to make total contributions.
According to the Chairperson of the occasion Mr. John Ebong Ngole, it is important for the South West to make this modest contribution which together with the National funds set aside for the occasion the many and varied guest who will darken the streets of the region during the celebrations would be well catered for.
Saturdays occasion started at the Kumba City Council hall, where reports and resolutions of committee meetings where presented. This comes as follow-up after the very first meeting of the steering committee in Buea – 17th March, 2012. Also top on the discussions here was carving out best strategies which would get every man from every region resident in the South West active in the preparatory and organizational activities in this grand occasion. According to Professor Peter Agbor Tabi, it is important that particularly ‘our bothers’ from the North West region are given the pride of place to be actively involved in these activities. Realizing that the discussion on participation in the organization of the 50th Anniversary of Reunification was going towards a cold end, the representative from the central/national organizing committee of the event had to come in to outline and reiterate on where each region stands in the celebrations and the limits and no-go areas, emphasizing that it is a National event involving the president of the Republic of Cameroon.***
Is Reunification celebration another time for political murmurings and arms twisting? Is amongst the disturbing questions that many ask as they watch events unfold to the build-up of the ceremony. There are those on the one hand who advocate that supporters of the ruling party are well recognized and the others on the one-hand who advocate that the celebration being a national event should remain apolitical. Speaking on this heated point, the Paramount ruler of the Bafaws Nfon V.E Mukete started by tracing the reunification struggle from the early years . In wisdom, experience, déjà-vu and what ought to be, the Nfon advised that the already existing fabric for the 50th Anniversary is used rather than every political group called upon to appear in their party uniforms.
Just like one of the MCs of the Fund raising launching ceremony Veteran Journalist Peter Esuka advised that it is an occasion for the South West’s voice to be heard and loud, some business people did not miss on making their points and pouring out their grievances. Saying that it would have been much easier for the over 150million to be raced, the business people decried the fact that they do not benefit the award of contracts in Cameroon, even those that are particular to their region.
All is certainly ‘well that ends well’. For like in his opening address, Mr. Ebong Ngole quoting from a Presbyterian pastor who was urging his Christians to give said… ‘It is better to give paper money at offering time for it doesn’t disturb God in His sleep than to give coins that would interrupt the Kings sleep.’ With this in mind, the objective of the fund-raising launch was accomplished. With elites of the region making floating instant donations and pledging for the days ahead. The next steering committee meeting was slated for June 2nd in Limbe.
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