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 It is very common, especially with young men, to be arguing, comparing the riches of one football star against the other. Ask the average Cameroonian young soccer buff, how much money the legendary Cameroonian soccer wizard, Samuel Eto’o Fils last earned when he played for English Premiership side,

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 A man whose name The Post got only as Sunday, has been asked to pay FCFA 220,000 as bride price for a goat he was caught pants-down ......

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Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has promised Nigerians that, by next month, the security challenge posed by members of the Boko Haram sect who have engaged in massive killing and wanton destruction of property, would change drastically.

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 Congestion at the Douala Seaport has been identified as one of the factors paralysing the commencement of production by the composite cement plant owned by Nigerian business magnate, Dangote. 

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 Three people suspected to be agents of the devilish Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Haram, are being detained and interrogated at the Gendarmerie Headquarters in Yaounde.

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 Cameroon’s trade balance and payment balance are on a steady decline due to adverse internal and external factors.

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 Nigerian Nobel Prize laureate, Wole Soyinka, has claimed that Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, is in possession of information about a suspected financier of Boko Haram within the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

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 Special Forces of the Nigerian Army, September 13, routed hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists including foreign mercenaries who invaded Konduga town, located about 35 kilometers from the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, with a view to setting up a camp while planning to attack the town.

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 In-depth Report By Charly Ndi Chia:

Elsewhere in this same edition, Fako Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, Zang III claims in a rather 
 
“soft interview” that he owns “only four plots in Fako which, even if put together, will not make 
 
up to one hectare.” Lies, damned lies! Bad taste at its juiciest. Zang III breaks all decent rules 
 
and flouts decorum and common sense. 
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 The Son of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Lt Col Adeboye Obasanjo, an army engineer at the 3rd Division in Jos, Plateau State was shot on September 8, by Boko Haram terrorists as he led soldiers on an offensive trip to reclaim Michika town in Adamawa State which fell into the hands of the insurgents.

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 The land-grabbing propensity, especially in Fako Division of the Southwest Region is by all means, a testament to what a few who were conferred with some little power, foisted themselves on the lives of “little people” while putting themselves above the law. The lengthy tenure and callousness with which they governed, is an unsettling reminder of how unfeeling and corrupt local administrators are rarely called to account. For decades, the practice went on, unabated.

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The Indomitable Lionesses are presently camping at the Mount Cameroon Sporting Centre in Liongo, Buea, Fako Division of the Southwest Region.

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Weeks after the publication of results of the General Certificates of Examination, GCE, for the 2013/2014 academic year, education stakeholders in the Southwest Region have been reacting to the poor performance of candidates especially in the Ordinary Level.

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The European Union, EU, has offered FCFA 500 million to some 30 Civil Society Organisations, CSOS, in Cameroon to promote governance in the country.

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 The Member of Parliament for Donga Mantung Central, and Questor of the National Assembly, Hon Cyprian Awudu Mbaya, recently rendered an account of his Parliamentary stewardship to the members of the Wimbum Cultural and Development Association, WICUDA, resident in the United States of America, USA. 

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Results of a study on the evaluation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, abbreviated in French as SNLCC, in the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, MINEPDED, has revealed that poverty and misery are the main causes of corruption in that Ministry.

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A recent ruling passed by a Kumba Magistrates’ Court,  has left over 20 orphans of the Chlephic Orphanage homeless in the Mile One neighbourhood  , The Post has learnt.

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The Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in Charge of the Supreme State Audit, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, has been accused of plagiarizing a book a student of the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM), Eric Samuel Koua, wrote.

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Internal and external elites of Wokoko Village in Buea Subdivision, Southwest Region under the umbrella of the Wokoko Village Community, Cultural and Development Association, WODCCUDA, have appealed to the Government to cede land for the development of the village.

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Contrary to information on certain media that the wife of Vice Prime Minister, Ahmadou Ali who was kidnapped last Sunday was released, the Boko Haram terrorists still have her.

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The SDO has ordered the demolition of all “illegally” built houses on a 1.5 hectare parcel of land allocated for the construction of the Mutengene “big mop” market, located at the entrance to the Mutengene town from Ombe. 

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Inmates of the Buea Central Prison who are Christians of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, have pleaded with the Moderator to have some of them trained as Pastors at the PCC seminary in Kumba.

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The American people, through the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, are sponsoring a cultural preservation project, worth FCFA 30 million, to conserve the architectural heritage of The Achum House at the Bafut Palace.  

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The US Deputy Secretary of State, Linda Thomas Greenfield, regrets that many African countries are still maintaining anti-gay laws, as a leeway to violating the rights of homosexuals. She made the comment in an electronic press briefing with African journalists in Washington DC recently.

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The SDF Member of Parliament for Wouri East Constituency, Jean Michel Nintcheu, has described the decision by Government to increase fuel prices and the 50 percent reduction in the tax applicable to the population with low income, commonly known by its French appellation, ‘Impot libératoire’, and the reduction of parking tax by 50 percent as anti-decentralisation. Nintcheu said such measures will not only reduce the revenues of all the 360 municipal councils in Cameroon, but will equally cripple the process of decentralisation.

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The Government is underestimating the risks involved in the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union, its Member State and the Central African countries which Cameroon signed on January15, 2009.

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The Kumbo Police recently arrested some nine suspects at Mbveh, in connection with the death of Christopher Konglim, aka Ta-a Kimbo.

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This article was first published in the ‘Cameroon Outlook’ newspaper of Wednesday, January 2, 1983 by Nico Ngwa, precisely 31 years ago. Mr. Paul Biya had been President of Cameroon for just two months. 

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Feature / Health

 Public Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda, has reiterated that the fight to eradicate poliomyelitis remains one of the commitment of the Government of Cameroon. 

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 Land-grabbing is not the preserve of certain local administrators and other cheats posted to Fako Division of the Southwest Region. It is practised to some extent, in other parts of the nation. If the practice in Fako has stubbornly occupied public space during the past six months, it is definitely on account of the propensity and devil-may-care manner with which it is carried out here, vis-a-vis the incontrovertible revelations that have been brought to the front burner.  

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 A teacher of English at the Government School Kolofata, Pamela Singeh, has dissuaded students from visiting school premises in towns along the border with Borno State in Nigeria, home to the Boko Haram terrorist group.

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 Some 20 members of the Fako Agricultural Workers Union, FAWU, which was headed by the late CPN Vewessee before his passing in January, 2013, have lodged a complaint at the Buea High Court demanding that the current leadership of the Union call fresh elections for a new leadership. 

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 After recording scores of deaths following the removal of the middle ridge on President Biya Boulevard in Buea, Southwest Region, the Buea Council and Cameroon Road Safety Foundation, CAROSAF, have partnered to tone down the number of deaths on the Boulevard.

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 The Nigerian military has commenced a massive “special operation” in Borno State to flush out the terrorist Boko Haram sect from major towns like Bama, Damboa, Gamboru Ngala and Gwoza.

In a related development, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, in a statement,has vowed to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country in the light of the current challenges in the counter-terrorism efforts in the North east.
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 Newly elected President of the Meme Mayors' Association comprising the Mayors of Kumba, Konye and Mbonge, John Kona Makia, has stated that, the association grouping municipal authorities is void of political affiliation as he looks forward to making exploits in this current mandate.

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Scary phone messages warning regular pork and bush meat consumers that they risk contracting the virus that causes the Ebola disease, have put pork dealers out of business.

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Abandoned children are the most helpless and frequent victims of violence, diseases, malnutrition and death. 
 
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As part of fraternal relations between Presidents Paul Biya and Joseph Kabila, the Democratic Republic of Congo has provided the Government of Cameroon with two Ebola Kits comprising one hundred protective clothing for medical staff.

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With at least four Ebola Virus deaths already reported in Nigeria, the Government of Cameroon has decided to close all its borders with Nigeria and rigorously check movement in and out of the two countries. 

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Illegal exploiters of biodiversity who are repulsively perpetrating the unscrupulous act of timber poaching, fishing and hunting of extinct animal species, especially at border towns of the Southwest Region, will in the months ahead be fighting with a vibrant Task Force.  

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Besides the plethora of problems plaguing the African woman such as; early marriages, limited access to education, poverty, among other things, the Southwest Regional Delegate of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Judith Mofa Liengu, has stated that, one of the challenging problems that the African woman is grappling with in recent times is lesbianism.

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The General Manager of Cameroon Telecommunications Company Ltd, CAMTEL, David Nkoto Emane, on Friday, August 1, 2014, visited Limbe to inspect the Limbe Fibre Optic Landing Station recently handed over to the Government by MTN Cameroon.

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The death has been reported of the National President of the Youth Wing of the ruling CPDM party, Stephen Mbonda Motia. He was confirmed dead in the early hours of Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Kumba District Hospital, Meme, Southwest Region.

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The fanatical “disciple” of the self-proclaimed prophet T.B. Joshua of next door Nigeria has invariably placed the Chief of Botaland in the West Coast of Limbe on a war path with his subjects.

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At the entrance into a therapeutic feeding centre in Kentzou, a town in East Cameroon, a 26-year-old refugee mother, Lisa Ngamanade, gets her own fair dose of the bitter pill, when news broke out that her only daughter, aged three, had died. 
 
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When the National Hydrocarbons Corporation (SNH) and the Chinese oil exploration/exploitation company Yan Chang Logone Development Company S.A. announced the discovery of oil in the sedimentary basin of Logone-Birni of the Far North Region, the news did not make headlines in the national media.

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 Some 40 Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, in the Northwest Region have been advised to partner with the Public and Private Sectors in order to sustain their organisations.

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The Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Wouri, Paul Bea Naseri, recently tricked some political activists into calling off a hunger strike action which they had embarked on, The Post learnt. 

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The decision by Clubs in the Cameroon Professional League (1&2) recently not to take part in the 32 finals of the Cup of Cameroon has been overturned after a tripartite meeting held on July 15, at the FECAFOOT headquarters in Tsinga-Yaounde.

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A German pharmaceutical company known as MERCK, has donated 23.8 million tablets of Praziquantel for the treatment of schistosomiasis in Cameroon.

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Reforms are a necessary factor and an element in advancement. Reforms should aim at making life easier and worth living.

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Thirty-three-year-old Alphonse Fozong, a teacher of Government School Ebie, Muyuka Subdivision, Southwest Region on July 15 drowned in a stream in Kumba known as “Kumba Wata”.

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The Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo, has said six years from now, a national entrance examination will be written by medicine students to enable them get in to public service.

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The Hope Solidarity, HSE recently organised a free health outreach in Babessi in the Ngoketunjia Division of the Northwest Region, saying that it is their own way of contributing to the country’s realisation of the 2015 Millenuim Development Goals, MDGs.

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 Participants in a strategic planning meeting for development in the Southwest Region have reiterated the need for accessible roads, if there is to be any constructive development in the Region.

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 The Rom Development and Cultural Association, ROMDECA, in Nwa Subdivision of Donga Mantung Division of the Northwest Region, on September 17, received the 2014 US Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Funding, SSH, for its Project titled “Rom Community Water Catchment Protection Project”. 

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 Cameroon has finally won the bid to host the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations.

The country sprung a surprise on Saturday, September 20, in Addis Ababa, when the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Organisation Executive Committee met to vet the bidders of the 2019 tournament.
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 I heaved a sigh of relief when I read your last mail. Your long silence had plunged me into a reverie of tortuous thoughts. I had wondered if the mafia on whose jigger-infested toes you stepped had stampeded you into pay the soldier’s debt before your time.

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Eight Militants of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, have been dismissed by the party’s hierarchy, a press release from the party’s General Secretariat has revealed. Many more, including prominent members of the party in the Southwest Region were either suspended from party activities for lengthy periods, or severely warned to be of good character or face the music.

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 The stunning performance of the rejuvenated Indomitable Lions squad, led by Stephane Mbia is gradually rekindling nostalgic feelings in the minds of many lovers of the football game across the national territory.

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 Following the Fako Land–grabbing saga, the SDO, Zang III has admitted to having only four plots. He claimed that it is his right to own the plots while describing as a political ploy and name-calling, accusations that he is a land -grabber

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 The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Supreme State Audit, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, says the participation of citizens in the control of the management and use of public funds is vital for effective checks and balance.

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 The thought of having a cholera outbreak and the fear of the deadly Ebola virus in Cameroon remains the major preoccupation for school administrators in Meme Division, Southwest Region, as schools reopened their doors for the 2014/2015 academic Year Monday, September 8.

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 If football pundits saw last week’s humiliation of the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Lubumbashi as a flash in the pan, the “born again” Indomitable Lions of Cameroon proved the contrary with the castration of sorts of the Elephants of Ivory Coast, on Wednesday. The theatre was the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde, before a boisterous crowd of home supporters.

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As soon as a country reaches the conformity status of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, EITI, such a country has as obligation the production of a report every year on the activities it has been carrying out.

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They are, by all means, money spinning enterprises. They do business in the name of God, rip off unsuspecting desperadoes, without paying any dime into state coffers by way of taxes on what their “holy businesses” turn out.

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The President of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC, Joe Chebonkeng has called on African leaders not to accept homosexuality on the continent. He describes practice as un-African, a sin, evil!

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It's a little over 6 months after Buea, Southwest Region hosted the 50th anniversary celebration of Cameroon's reunification last February but the number of high profile deaths that has struck the Region and particularly the CPDM party remains shocking.

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It has taken the suspension of the popular CRTV Radio Buea interactive program Press Club presented by fearless CAMASEJ journalist Matute Menyoli to bring to the forefront issues that vividly show that administrative authorities fear the media when they are doing “the wrong thing”. 

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Close to 10 schools will, on August 10, face the Examination Executive Committee, EEC, of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education, GCE Board.

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The Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, Emmanuel Bonde, has expressed concern over the low and stagnating nature of Cameroon’s manufacturing industry sector. 

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The Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa, Ahowanou Agbessi, has called on the companies building the Lom Pangar Dam in the East Region to improve the working conditions of their employees and respect the socio-economic rights of local communities.

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The Imam of the Buea Central Mosque, Alhaji Mohammed Abubrkar, has condemned in strong terms the recurrent havoc wrecked by Boko Haram insurgents in the three Northern regions of Cameroon.

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When in 2006 Cameroon reached the point of a Highly Indebted Poor Country, HIPIC, most of her international debts were cancelled, and the debt relief and development program was born to help the ‘very poor’ country to develop. 

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The Presidents of the various transporters Unions in Cameroon have said Government decision to raise the basic salary for civil servants and the military will ward off potential opposition and social unrest in the country.

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A coalition of civil society organisations in Bamenda has called on Government to reduce prices of fuel in Cameroon.

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Some elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, popularly known by its French acronym as BIR, are reported to have broken into the Community Credit Company, CCC Bank in Batibo town at about 2 am on Thursday July 17 and shattered the safe containing millions of francs CFA. 

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Allegations are rife in Yaounde that close to 20 trade union leaders operating in the transport sector received FCFA 15 million from government to call off a nationwide strike action that was planned for July 7. 

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 The Archbishop Emeritus of the Douala Arch Diocese, His Eminence, Christian Wiyghansai Shaaghan Cardinal Tumi, has said, though Catholic Women, especially the Catholic Women Association, CWA, are women of strong faith who have achieved a lot, the church, per its constitution, can never endorse that women should be ordained Priests.

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