Buea Council officials have supported the families of soldiers who have been killed in the on-going Crisis rocking the two English- speaking Regions of Cameroon.
The Council offered scholarships and didactic materials to children of the slain soldiers on Friday, August 31, 2018, during a special back to school campaign that held at the Council Chambers.
Addressing the relatives of the slain soldiers, Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge, sympathised with them and said the entire Buea Council mourned with them in this difficult moment.
“We have extended the Buea Council benevolent to incorporate our fallen soldiers; the families of soldiers killed while defending our nation. We shall be granting to each of such students of the fallen soldiers the sum of FCFA 20,000 and didactic materials,” the Mayor said.
On their part, the families of the fallen soldiers thanked the Buea Council for sharing in their pains and accepting to provide school needs to their children.
“The Council has wiped my tears and that of my children. Before now, I had not purchased any school needs for my three children because I was waiting for money promised to us by the Government. I was told last night that the Council has a small package for us as assistance and behold, my three children have been given books, pens and the FCFA 20,000 each. We are grateful and we thank the Buea Council for remembering us the widows,” one of the women, whose husband was killed at the Mile 17 Motor Park, stated.
Over 1,206 Pupils, Students receive didactic materials
Meanwhile, Over 1,206 pupils and students from basic, secondary and university in the Buea Municipality received didactic materials and scholarship from the Council worth FCFA 25 million.
While handing over the didactic materials and scholarship to the pupils and students, Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge, cautioned beneficiaries to make good use of the donations and avoid distraction from others.
“My younger brothers and sisters; do not be distracted by your peers who are out to destroy your future. We all know we have been faced with challenges posed by the secessionist tendencies of some misguided and opportunistic citizens, who have been on the onslaught to terrorise our people by destroying lives and properties,” he said.
To Ekema, one of the primordial goals of the Council is to thwart any action that perturbs the smooth functioning of school establishments.
Statistically, the Buea Council donated school needs to 727 primary school pupils among who were four physically challenged, who also given tricycles.
Other beneficiaries included: 97 successful candidates in the GCE Ordinary Level, 184 students in promotional classes and 26 students in the French Sub-system of education.
The Buea Council also gave books and a token of FCFA 5,000 each to 43 physically challenged students and pupils in Buea.
FCFA 25,000 each was given to 100 students of the University of Buea as scholarship.
In all, 12 Government colleges, 17 primary schools, 34 nursery schools and 1 State university benefitted from the back-to-school package.
Talking to The National Times, Nembo Bate, a nursery school beneficiary, expressed gratitude for the gesture. “I am very happy with my school books, bag, blackboard and chalk. I am ready to start school on Monday.”
Another beneficiary, a student who passed in 11 papers at the GCE Ordinary Level, Obasse Claris, said it is thanks to the Buea Council that she was able to pass in 11 papers. “I was able to succeed because of the holiday classes the Buea Council organised last holidays. The holiday classes were the foundation of my success. I thank the Council for their support to us the young people”.
According to one of the parents of the beneficiary, Mr Charles Tewoh, the gesture of the Council is timely and much needed. “I appreciate the effort of the Council, it is clear that the Council holds the future of the children at heart. I must say that this gesture is timely and very significant”.
Principals, Head Teachers not left out
In a similar gesture, Head Masters of primary schools and Principals of secondary schools in the Buea Municipality also received gifts from the Buea Council officials during the back to school campaign.
The organisers of the event told participants that the beneficiary Head Teachers and Principals are those who defied threats from unknown gunmen, braved bullets and went and taught pupils and students when they needed it most.
The items given to the Head Teachers and Principals included: buckets, wheel barrows, hoes, pit axes, watering cans and machetes.
The beneficiaries equally thanked the Buea Council for not only thinking only of the pupils and students, but also of their Head Teachers and Principals.
The Head Teachers and Principals reassured all present their readiness to kick start the 2018/2019 academic year on September 3, 2018.