Armed Separatist Exactions in NW/SW Regions. President Biya Orders Reconstruction of Destroyed DOs Offices

The announcement was made recently by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, while on a working visit to the North West Region.

Shawn-Nathan EPANG

The Head of State, Paul Biya, has disbursed funds for the reconstruction of the Divisional Offices of Bali, Bafut, Njinikom in the North West Region and those in Toko, Wabane, Dikome Balue and Alou in the South West Region. The offices of administrative authorities and many other structures were destroyed or burnt by armed separatists belonging to the secessionist groups in the two regions.

Minister Atanga Nji expressed dismay on why people would attack administrative services which provides them government services to the local population. The MINAT boss was visibly disturbed after visiting the Bali and Bafut DOs offices destroyed by the terrorist. The Minister who was accompanied by the Governor of the North West Region and other administrative authorities equally visited the new site where the Bali DO’s office is being erected before making a stopover in Bafut to see for himself the damage caused by arsons on the Bafut DO’s office.

“It is very unfortunate that these terrorist think they can take the State hostage and perpetrate these acts of vandalism. That is why we have always said that the terrorists will be trapped, he assured”

Minister AtangaNji announced that the Head of State has ordered for the disbursement of funds to construct Divisional Offices in the localities affected so that the administrative authorities can work comfortably. “When the Head of State was informed that the DOs offices were burnt in these localities, he immediately disbursed funds to rehabilitate or reconstruct new offices so that the DOs can go back to their working places,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Territorial Administration held an administrative and security meeting at the North West Governor’s Office to assess the security situation of the region ahead of the upcoming presidential election and 2018/2019 school year resumption. The meeting that brought together administrative and top security officials in the region enabled the Territorial Administration boss to have first-hand information on the security and administrative situation in the region. The officials took far reaching security resolutions during the meeting to ensure that the upcoming elections as well as back-to-school activities go hitch-free in the region.

Minister Atanga Nji encouraged parents to send their children to school come September 3 and urged voters to take active part in the electoral process as the State is upbeat in ensuring security of people and their properties.

It should be recalled that armed separatist clamouring for what they call independence of the Southern Cameroon (Ambazonia), have been perpetrating violence in the North West and South West Regions for close to two years now. The secessionists have kidnapped many State functionaries including the Divisional Officer of Batibo and North West Social Affairs Delegate, killed many innocent citizens including traditional rulers and burnt several public and private structures including schools and hospitals.

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