Daily Archives: March 19, 2015

Announced 350,000 Jobs: Teams Begin Data Collection

Members of the National Observatory of Employment and Vocational Training of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training together with staff of the devolved services of the National Employment Fund and the Integrated Support Programme for Actors of the Informal Sector, PIAASI are combing the nooks and crannies of the country’s ten regions, counting jobs that have been created in the first months of 2015.

The exercise that began on March 9, 2015, and ends on April 5, 2015, falls within the framework of the creation of 350,000 jobs for the fiscal year announced by the Head of State, Paul Biya, in his address to the youths on February 10, 2015 in prelude to the National Youth Day, as well as during the end-of-of-year nation’s address on December 31, 2014.

Within this period, teams will work with human resource departments of public and para-public enterprises as well as Non-governmental Organisations that have had authorisation to operate. The Coordinator of the Technical Secretariat of the National Observatory of Employment and Vocational Training, Samuel Inack Inack, says the ongoing operation will help identify and or count jobs created.

Forms will be handed out to business groups whereby staff of the personnel department are expected to list the number of jobs created, be they temporal or permanent. Governors have put in place data collection networks. Other networks have been created at Divisional and Sub-divisional levels.

Inack reveals that in order to measure the performance rate of the country’s employment sector, it was indispensable to from time to time make a count of those injected into the job sector. “By June, we should have data for all those who have gained employment in Cameroon from January,” notes Inack.

According to the Economist, “we will not wait for the end of the year to reveal figures.” The number of jobs created will be published progressively, after every six months. The exercise will act as a springboard for decision-making. It will equally serve as an indicator to classify the best 100 enterprises in matters of job creation.

The Prime Minister created an inter-ministerial steering committee up of employment in April 2013 and this committee is liable to furnish government with all information in the sector. In 2014, the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training served hierarchy with figures indicating that the employment spin-offs of the country’s growth policy were confirmed. In 2014, 283,443 new jobs were created against 250,000 projected, said the Head of State in his end-of-year speech to the nation.

Cameroon Tribune

Boko Haram ‘slaughter wives’ in NE Nigeria: witnesses

Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – Dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to marry Boko Haram fighters were reportedly slaughtered by their “husbands” before a battle with troops in the northeast town of Bama, multiple witnesses said Thursday.
Five witnesses who recounted the massacres to AFP said the Islamist militants feared they would be killed by advancing soldiers or separated from their wives when they fled the town.

They killed the women to prevent them from subsequently marrying soldiers or other so-called non-believers, they added.

“The terrorists said they will not allow their wives to be married to infidels,” said Sharifatu Bakura, 39, a mother of three.

Nigeria’s military along with forces from neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger have claimed huge victories over the insurgents in recent weeks but defenceless civilians still face serious threats.

– ‘Dozens’ of corpses –

According to Bakura’s account, which was supported by others, Boko Haram fighters received word of a military assault on Bama, formerly an Islamist stronghold in Borno state.
The insurgents had decided to flee to the nearby town of Gwoza before the troops’ arrival but first decided “to kill their wives so that nobody will remarry them”, she said.

Bukara’s husband was killed by the insurgents four months ago but she was spared from a forced marriage because she was visibly pregnant.

Boko Haram forcibly married scores of women in Bama after seizing it in September. Nigeria’s military announced the recapture of the town on Monday.

Witnesses who were taken under military protection this week to Borno’s capital Maiduguri, 73 kilometres (45 miles) away, said the killing of women began 10 days before Bama was liberated.

The Islamists said “if they kill their wives, they would remain pious until both of them meet again in heaven, where they would re-unite”, said Salma Mahmud, another witness.

A vigilante who fought alongside the military in the battle to retake Bama, Abba Kassim, said he saw “dozens of women corpses” in the town.
– Commander’s instructions –

While other witnesses reportedly a similarly high casualty figure the numbers were impossible to verify.

Fanna Aisami, 52, also in Maiduguri after escaping Bama this week, said the executions followed a warning from Boko Haram’s top commander in the town.

“He informed them of the situation and ‎the consequence of the takeover of the town by the advancing troops.

“He warned them that when soldiers killed them they would take their wives back to the society where they would be forced to marry and live with infidels,” the mother of seven said, speaking by phone to AFP in Kano.

The commander “said it would be better for them to kill their wives and send them to heaven,” Aisami added.

A number of women were shot dead in front of the commander’s house, she further said.

Yagana Mairambe, 58, reported similar details but told AFP that “some Boko Haram men refused” and fled with their wives towards neighbouring Yobe state.

Nigeria’s national security spokesman Mike Omeri told AFP he would try to verify the reports while the military could not immediately be reached for comment.

With Boko Haram gunmen facing heavy military pressure across northeast Nigeria, attacks, including suicide bombings, have persisted, even as the government in Abuja tries to assure voters that March 28 elections will be secure.

The Islamist uprising has claimed more than 13,000 lives since 2009 and President Goodluck Jonathan has faced fierce criticism over failure to contain the violence.

The latest reported atrocities in Bama recall similar massacres at high schools and colleges across northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram has executed scores of students learning a so-called infidel curriculum.