President Biya Orders Re-instatement of Internet in Anglophone Regions


S.E Paul Biya.

The Head of State H.E President Paul has ordered the re-instatement of Internet to both the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. This decision brings to an end the suspension of Internet services in both Anglophone regions for more than three months. According to a press release from the Minister of Communication, the decision to suspend the internet stemmed from the fact that ‘extremists’ took advantage of a strike initiated by English-speaking teachers and Common Law Lawyers, to spread damaging information through the communication medium. To uphold the serenity that is returning to the North West and South West Regions, there was need to reinstate the internet, the communique further notes.

The decision also follows others already taken to address the worries raised by the English-speaking Teachers Trade Unions and Common Law Lawyers to bring back serenity and bolster national integration.

Some of the major ones include:
The creation of a National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in the country by the Head of State. He has also appointed members to this commission.
Also, in a press conference on March 30, 2017, the Minister of State, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Laurent Esso, announced wide-ranging decisions taken by President Paul Biya in view of meeting the needs of Common Law practice in Cameroon. These include:
– the prescription of a special recruitment of English-speaking Pupil Judicial and Legal Officers and Court Registrars over a period of four (4) years
– the recruitment of a bigger number of Anglophone teachers at the Magistracy and Registry Division in ENAM
– the setting up of a Common Law Section at ENAM as well as the decision to set up an Institute of Judicial Studies to train Advocates, Notaries Public and Bailiffs.
The Ministers of Justice and Public Service and Administrative Reform have since been taking steps, through the setting up of commissions, to materialize these presidential instructions.
Meanwhile, the redeployment of teachers have been going on in the Ministry of Secondary Education as well as the creation of a department of French Modern Letters at the Higher Teachers’ Training College (HTTC) of the University of Bamenda.

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