The release of the first batch of the 500,000 laptops, promised by President Paul Biya in 2016, will take place in November 2017, while it was announced for December. This was made clear during the extraordinary government council held in Yaoundé on September 19.
Jacques Fame Ndongo, the minister of higher education, after this government council, said that this first batch comprises 80,000 laptops manufactured by Sichuan Telecom Construction and Engineering Co. Ltd. The official also reminded that manufacturing of the remaining laptops still continues in Shenzhen, China. Apart from the students of the 2016-2017 academic term initially which were to benefit from the programme, those of the 2017-2018 term will receive the laptops as well.
Agreement for the current programme, the “e-national higher education” convention, was signed on Feb. 10, 2016, between the ministry of higher education and Sichuan Telecom Construction Engineering Co. Ltd, in line with President Biya’s “Plan Special Jeunes” (Special Youth Plan) which aimed to provide a laptop to every student registered in a public or private college in Cameroon. The initiative was entitled “un étudiant un ordinateur” (A student, a laptop).
Justice Ayah Paul who was released recently in a presidential pardon from illegal detention at the hands of Cameroon security forces, has released a statement tahnking the hundreds of wellwishers and supporters who stood by him during his time in jail.
Read below the full statement:
Vehicles plying the Douala-Yaounde Highway were grounded for several hours on Monday, September 18, following the collapse of part of the Highway at Ebombe, a locality on the outskirts of Edea.
Vehicles that either left Douala or Yaounde that morning were forced to wait at the truncated spot until a new road deviation was created, while trouble-shooting and eye servant authorities were running helter-skelter to look for emergency solutions.
Elie Smith who used to work for Canal 2 English, is no longer part of the organ. He was dismissed on Thursday following orders from the Prime Minister's office. The President Director General of the Media organ Emmanuel Chatue, was the one who executed the orders which were passed to him.
Commercial motor bike riders in Mamfe, popularly called bensikins, have sent a deadly ultimatum to the Common Law Lawyers, promising them hell and brimstone if they (the Lawyers) attempt to betray Anglophone Cameroonians or their independence struggle.
According to them, it will be advisable for the Lawyers not to come to Mamfe at all than to come and ask for the suspension of the 11 months strike action.
“If you are coming to Mamfe to call-off the strike action, please come along with our kinsman, Maxwell Oben, or don’t come at all if he is not with you,” the leader of the bikers’ union stated in a recent communiqué they published.
Maxwell Oben is a staunch SCNC activist, who was arrested in 2014, at the Mile 17 Motor Park ahead of the celebration of the so called 50th anniversary of reunification.
Since then till date, Oben has been languishing behind bars without any trial. He was arrested for reading a book on guerrilla warfare.
The officers, who arrested Oben, accused him of reading the book on guerrilla warfare and learning tactics to use in destabilised the country.