Book Traces, Hails Paul Biya’s Achievements

“The Mandates of the President and the Presidents Great Achievements” authored by Oswald Baboke presents President Paul Biya’s life as a Statesman and what he has done for his fatherland since 1982.

Shawn-Nathan EPANG

A book on President Paul Biya’s childhood’s life, rise to the highest office of the country and his achievements for the fatherland since 1982. The publication authored by Oswald Baboke, Deputy Director of the Civil Cabinet at the Presidency of the Republic, gives the opportunity for those who did not know the childhood of the President of the Republic and his Achaemenes, the opportunity to now know him well. The bilingual publication “The Mandates of the President and the President’s Great Achievements, tells the untold story of President Paul Biya, digging deeper into his childhood upbringing and the trajectory he covered to rise to the topmost job in the country.

The two-in-one book unravels with fine pictures illustrations, the growth of Cameroon’s Head of State and glories of his stewardship. Book one which focuses on The President’s Mandate, profiles Paul Biya, through poetry which depicts every significant moment in the life of the President of the Republic. The author revisits the birth and rise of a senior Statesman. Divided in four parts, the author, presents what he describes as the “Apolitical seven years terms,” notably, the birth and academic life of Paul Biya, the Administrative Seven- year term consisting of the Senior State’s functionary of President Paul Biya that culminated to the appointment of Biya as Prime Minister. The book also talks about President Biya’s early experience in democracy, the advent of multiparty politics, the Chantal Biya factor and the seven years of political reforms as well as free and fair elections are packaged in the third part of the book titled “The Political Seven-Year terms.”

The book provides readers the opportunity to discover the “Seven years of great ambitions and seven years of greater achievements.” This fourth part is captioned “The seven-year term of Economic Policy.” The book upholds the Head of State’s view that “while national development remains the ultimate objective of our action, national unity, which is of paramount importance in the attainment must therefore be the first among our priority.”

Meantime, Book II with 317 pages presents President Biya’s promises and realisations in the domains of energy, agriculture, mining, transport, education, telecommunications, town planning, ecology and tourism. It portrays the boom in infrastructure development. The book highlights for instance the hydroelectric dams that have moved from two before the New Deal government to eight under Paul Biya.

Prefacing the piece, the Director of the Civil Cabinet at the Presidency, Samuel Ayolo Mvondo, says the publication gives the readers the opportunity to have a book he qualified as “expressive encyclopaedia” that summarises through quality picture illustrations, collected and put together with great care. President Biya is seen in photos in the book as a builder as he has been criss-crossing various parts of the country to lay the foundation stones and or inaugurate infrastructures across the nation. The author ends with a thought-provoking phrase which reads “…for this Cameroon that strides towards emergence, with its vision, its strategies, its method, the results obtained and those to come, President Paul Biya is the undisputed owner.” He says one day’s history will recognise the merit of having effectively laid the solid foundation of an emergent Cameroon.

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