Daily Archives: January 2, 2015
AFTER THE NEUTRALISATION OF THE INSURGENCY FOLLOWING THREE SIMULTANEOUS ATTACKS BY BOKO HARAM IN THE FAR NORTH, CAMEROON’S DEFENCE FORCES ARE ON HIGH ALERT.
Cameroon’s fighter jets went into action for the first time since the beginning of the conflict against the terrorist group Boko Haram, last December 28, 2014.
According to a statement from the Minister of Communication, Issa Bakary Tchiroma, released on December 29 in the national press, about a thousand assailants stormed the Achigachia camp early in the morning of 28th December 2014, and attacked Cameroon defence forces.
The soldiers reposted trying to defend their positions. After the offensive from the defence forces that left two victims on the Cameroonian side, the attackers were neutralised after losing several fighters in the combat operation.
The Minister indicated that the casualties on the part of the terrorists will be made available after necessary evaluation.
As the terrorists engage in multiple simultaneous attacks with large numbers of fighters, the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, order the reinforcement of the air force.
The Minister indicated that, Cameroon defences forces work day and night, risking their lives in the frontlines for national safety and security. “Our soldiers fight with determination to stop the aggression of the terrorist. Their commitment and faith allowed them to surmount their enemies on one such incursion recently”.
Seven members of the terrorist group were taken as prisoners, while about fifty assailants were killed in the cross fire.
These highly patriotic efforts are constantly saluted by the Head of State, Chief of the Army, Paul Biya and the Cameroonian people and especially those who live near the warzone, he added.
The Turkish Ambassador presented the invitation to Marcel Niat Njifenji on December 31, 2014.
The President of the Senate, Marcel Niat Njifenji, has been invited to take part in the forthcoming conference of the Organisation of Islamic Countries, OIC, from January 19-23, 2015 in Turkey. The Turkish Ambassador to Cameroon, His Excellency Ömer Faruk Dogan, made the disclosure after meeting the Senate President on December 31, 2014.
He said the invitation was from the Speaker of the Turkish National Assembly. Pointing out that Cameroon was also an OIC member, the Ambassador said the visit would enable the two sides to strengthen their legislative ties. Talking about 2014, Ömer Faruk Dogan noted that the security challenges facing Cameroon helped in rallying the people in the fight against Boko Haram. Terrorism, he added, was a major hindrance to development, pledging his country’s readiness to share its experience in fighting the ill with Cameroon.
Relations between Cameroon and Turkey date back to the 1960s when Turkey recognised Cameroon after its independence. It opened an embassy in Yaounde on January 15, 2010. Then President Abdullah Gül visited Cameroon from March 16-17, 2010; while President Paul Biya was in Turkey from March 25-28, 2013. Several agreements were signed by the two leaders during their visits. Earlier in May 2012, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, visited Turkey.
Trade between Cameroon and Turkey has grown in leaps and bounds in the past decade. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Cameroon was the country’s 14th largest export market in 2012. This was worth 116 million US Dollars (about FCFA 62.7 billion), up 1,070 per cent from 2001. The top export commodities were iron and steel, salt, sulphur, plastering material, lime and cement, flour, electrical machinery and equipment. On the other hand, Turkey was Cameroon’s 11th largest importer in 2012. Cameroon’s exports to Turkey totalled 30 million US Dollars (about FCFA 16.2 billion); an increase of 237 per cent from 2001. Main export commodities were wood, charcoal, cocoa, rubber and plastics.
CAMEROON HAS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH KOREA EXIMBANK FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND (EDCF) WORTH SOME FCFA 28.7 BILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION OF HEALTH UNITS IN THE COUNTRY.
According to the convention the sum will caution the FCFA 42 billion needed to equip theGarouaReference Hospital which has a capacity of 292 beds.
The convention further stipulates that heath facilities within the three northern regions will be renovated in 42 months to meet the growing need of the population faced with security challenges.
Korea will also see the establishment of an e-procurement system,the erection of the National Laboratory for Mining,Construction and equipment of theNational Emergency Centrein Yaounde.
It is worth mentioning that,Korea participated in the construction and fixing of equipment in three Vocational Training Centres of Excellence in Douala,Limbe and Sangmelima.