Regional Heads of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee appointed

The appointment of these personnel comes to complete the number of persons required to kick start the activities at the head of the Committee.

Cynthia EFOPA

According to the general provisions of decree No. 2018/719 of November 30th, 2018 creating the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration committee, the committee shall have regional centers in Bamenda, Buea and Mora and other centers may be set up when necessary on the recommendation of the Management Board. Since its creation, the Head of State, President Paul Biya has accelerated measures to make sure the Committee effectively goes operational. He began by appointing the refined administrator, Fai Yengo Francis who has shown his prowess in managing conflicting situations in the country, as the National Coordinator of the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee. His appointment was followed later on by that to head the regional centers of Buea, Bamenda and Mora.

In the Regional Center of Buea, Fonju Njukang Bernard was given the task to pilot the affairs of the South West Regional Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Center. He acknowledged that the task requires working across the board with all stakeholders; population, Forces of law and Order, administrative and traditional authorities, media as well as civil society organizations. This will call for dialogue, good will, readiness and availability, tolerance and reconciliation. His knowledge in International Relations and Conflict Resolutions is an added value to the work that lies ahead.

In the North West Region, the Prime Ministerial decree appointed the educator Gabsa Sixtus, former Principle of Government High School Ndop to coordinate the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Center in Bamenda. He recognized that it will be a daunting task, but he remained optimistic that with the support of all the population, peace will return to the North West Region. He explained that the center is a hand of fellowship and forgiveness offered to those who have taken up arms and he is ready to receive then, offer them training so they can restart a sustainable life.

In Mora, the civil administrator, Oumar Bachir will have the duty to implement the presidential decision of the Head of State in the Far North Region. A region he masters so well and can better evaluate the scope, magnitude and the dimension of the task awaiting him.

The National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee was set up to organize, supervise and manage ex-fighters of Boko Haram and armed groups in the North West and South West Regions who are willing to respond favorably to the Head of State’s peace appeal by laying down their arms.

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