Thursday, 12 January 2017

Updates on the Ghogomu-led Ad hoc Committee in Bamenda as dialogue enters day two

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Strikes Maintained as Ghogomu-Led Ad Hoc Committee Talks Enter Day-2

Members of the ad hoc committee charged with examining grievances raised by Unions of the Anglophone sub system of education enter day 2 of frank discussions in Bamenda today. 

After yesterday's discussions, some sources emphasized that while the government bench is so far demonstrating the will to bend full circle, there are a number of issues on which they may only propose for hierarchy to dispose.

In as much as the overall goal is to free the Anglophone sub system from assimilation by the French system and to put an end to the Francophonization of the English educational institutions of higher learning, the Consortium officials insist they have not lost sight of the fact that the demands of West Cameroonians go beyond just a few reforms of the educational sector; they insist that far reaching solutions are needed as all sectors are affected.

Although it is obvious that the number one intention of government representatives at the talks is to guarantee the lifting of the teachers' strikes, trusted sources say that has not yet come to the table and it is unlikely that will happen when youths arrested and taken to Yaounde from all parts of West Cameroon have not all been released and those missing accounted for.

Again, the teachers' union representatives note that the Biya-led government cannot be taken at its word; they have stated unequivocally that any agreement must be materialized into signed decisions and decrees before the lifting of the strikes could be contemplated.

Talking to this reporter, one of the negotiating officials dismissed press reports that because they sat through the meetings and will sit again today meant the suspension of the strike is already in view.

"The strikes will only be lifted by the Consortium after clear deliberations and at a press conference when it becomes necessary", he concluded.

The entire nation has its eyes and ears turned to Bamenda.

As reported by our able biggy John Mbah Akuroh

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