The Head of State has taken a myriad of actions including the creation of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism amongst others, with the aim of solving the socio-political situation in the North West and South West Regions.
National Unity, living together and the protection of territorial integrity of Cameroon are core values that the Head of State, Paul Biya, holds very dearly. He has demonstrated his attachment to these national values through several actions he has taken ever since the crisis in the two English-speaking regions erupted in October 2016. What began as corporate grievances by the Common Law Lawyers (Anglophone lawyers) and Anglophone teachers trade unions was transformed into political affair by some individuals with a hidden agenda of splitting the country. The separatist movement took advantage of the crisis and infiltrated the ranks of lawyers and teachers to put forward their monstrous ideology of diving a united and indivisible country. The outcome of their nefarious move has been violence, ghost towns, disruption of school and economic activities and off course, kidnappings and killings of innocent civilians as well as military personnel.
Despite all these atrocities, the Head of State has maintained his determination to pursue dialogue as he has extended olive branches to the separatist. Apart from his appeal for dialogue which has seen several delegations dispatched to the restive regions to listen to the people, the President of the Republic had instructed the Prime Minister at the beginning of the crisis to look into the concerns of Lawyers and teachers. Thus, two committees were created and several meetings between the lawyers and the teachers’ trade unions alongside government officials held with solutions such as the translation of text OHADA into English, redeployment of judicial personnel to different regions, creation of a Common Lawyer Section at the Supreme Court, the creation of a Common Law Department in ENAM; special recruitment of Anglophone judicial personnel, special recruitment of 1000 bilingual teachers amongst others.
The President did not stop at that as he created the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism with mission to strengthen Cameroon’s living together. For the first time ever, the President on March 2, appointed two Anglophones to head very strategic ministries. Paul Atanga Nji was nominated as the Minister of Territorial Administration while Pauline Nalove Lyonga Egbe was appointed the Minister of Secondary Education.
The quest for the return to normalcy in the two regions has continued to be a major preoccupation of the President of the Republic as he recently dispatched the Minister of Territorial Administration to the two regions as well as the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism to meet various stakeholders in a bid to resolve what is today known as the Anglophone crisis. All these far reaching solutions provided to the concerns raised by the Common Law Lawyers and Teachers trade unions by President Paul Biya are within the framework of consolidating national unity, peace and preserving the integrity of one and indivisible Cameroon.