Walter Wilson Nana
Members of the Cameroonian Diaspora in the United Kingdom from the group christened Buea – UK Forum have taken a commitment to be part of Cameroon’s development strive and that of Buea in particular.
At the maiden edition of the Buea – UK Summit that took place at the Buea Mountain Hotel recently, convenor, Dr. Fred Kemah, Cardiologist in England and President, Buea – UK Forum, said Cameroonians in the Diaspora must be part and parcel of Cameroon’s
emergence while announcing that a cardiac facility, named FAKO HEART, will go operational in the Buea municipality come 2015 as part of the development efforts from Cameroonian Diaspora in the UK, USA and their partners.
Talking on the relevance of Public Safety, Dr Kemah enjoined Cameroonians and the people in Buea to minimise hazards that come with a growing population and the need to avoid road accidents.
While entreating all to be health conscious, the Cardiologist reiterated the need to have guidelines and pre-assessment in medical practice in hospitals across Cameroon.
On the numerous and ghastly road accidents experienced in Cameroon in recent years, Andrew Epie Endeley of the Oxford School of Transport, London, England indicated that road signs are a must on the country’s road networks. He will prescribe the check for sanity, sight and blood pressure before a Driver’s
Licence is issued to a road user on the steering wheel.
With the changing trends and updated developments in all spheres of life, Endeley expressed the need for eco-safe driving, a new driving code for Cameroon and the relevance of a speed awareness course from the local councils to the drivers and other road users, which is also an opportunity for the council authorities to make some revenue for their coffers.
From John Hopskin Hospital, USA, Emmanuel Allotey made a plea to the Cameroonian Diaspora, the authorities in Buea and the Southwest Region to put a lot of stress on education, adding that the development of Cameroon must come with achievable goals in all that is being done.
He will be corroborated by Dr. Evaristus Enongene, Clinical Toxicologist from the USA, who mentioned that universities across Cameroon must be involved in the educational and informative set up of the country’s health system.
Dr. Enongene expressed the wish to see a Department of Toxicology opened in Cameroonian universities so as to enhance safety and make available data on products produced in Cameroon.
Still from the USA, Chartered Accountant, Shelley Mo-Lambe invited Cameroonian authorities to facilitate the acquisition of land for Cameroonian Diaspora, while breaking the huge custom barriers that is contributing in deterring the adequate flow of hard currency into Cameroon’s economy.
Registrar of the University of Buea, Chief/Prof. Samson Negbo Abangma lauded the Buea – UK Summit initiative and encouraged the moves to bring back knowledge and hard currency back home – Cameroon. “The government of Cameroon is not doing much in these areas but we have to move forward,” he said.
Fourth Deputy Mayor of Buea, Comfort Ojongpot took a commitment on behalf of the Buea Council to work hand-in-glove with the Buea – UK Summit organisers in various aspects of the municipality’s development. She noted that Buea Council is working on an educational project for the population in the wake of the deadly road accidents recorded since the rip-off of the road median from the main road in Buea municipality.
Secretary General in the Southwest Governor’s office, Clement Fon Ndikum noted with glee the lofty ideas proposed by the members of the Buea – UK Forum. He will appreciate their contribution saying; “Government cannot do it alone, let those of us in the Diaspora do not relent in making Buea and Cameroon a better place.” He wished that the thoughts of Buea – UK Forum should go beyond Buea, the Fako Division and the Southwest Region.
Moderating the spirited discussions at the Buea – UK Summit was the chairperson of the Buea – UK Forum, Henry Walla from England.