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Peter Essoka Blames Bad Faith, Greed For Cameroon’s Socio-political Woes

Yaoundé (National Times)-The President of the National Communication Council (NCC) of Cameroon, Peter Essoka, says the problems of Cameroon are sourced from good laws, which are never implemented, but end up in the drawers of some people whom he accused of having bad faith.

Speaking during the validation of the Voluntary National Review of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 for Cameroon on May 15 at the Yaoundé City Council hall, the veteran journalists argued that the proposals made by civil society organisations in the drafting of the review can only benefit the society if there is effective follow-up.

He said such good proposals are always buried in the drawers because of the “unfortunate bad faith that exist in the country which benefits only a few.”

Civil society leaders pose for photo at the end of validation

Without calling names, Essoka argued that the current wars and political impasse faced by Cameroon is due to the fact that some people don’t care about the society but think only about their selfish interest. “If there is some conflict and difficulties today in Cameroon, it’s because some people don’t care,” Essoka noted.

Participants at the workshop were visibly surprised at the declaration of a man whom they consider to be benefiting from the regime in place, which many have argued is not showing enough good faith in managing the challenges of the country, especially the war in Anglophone Cameroon.

The SDGs were instituted in 2015 by the United Nations as a follow up of the Millennium Development Goals. It contains a set of goals which nations have pledged to achieve by 2030 which would transform society to be a better place for humanity in all aspects.

This year, 51 countries are taking part in the review of Goal 16 which dwells on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. In Cameroon, the review is being done from three different angles; the Government headed by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Sight Savers representing international organisations and Women in Alternative Action (WAA) Cameroon for locally based civil society organisations. The report which seeks to know how the Government has implemented Goal 16 would be presented at the UN High Level Political forum in July 2019.


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