According to the 2016 Human Development Index report (HDI) published on 21 March by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Cameroon is in the category of countries with a low level of human development in the world. The country is indeed ranked 153rd globally, out of 188 countries studied, and gets the 23rd position in Africa.
Presented as the economic engine of the CEMAC zone, Cameroon is however outranked in the 2016 HDI report by three countries in this community, who are all in the category of countries with a medium level of human development. These are Gabon (109th globally and 7th in Africa), Congo (135th in the world and 13th in Africa) and Equatorial Guinea (135th worldwide and 14th in Africa).
Seychelles win the gold medal in Africa in this UNDP ranking, followed by Mauritius, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, two countries who are however facing many social challenges since the so-called “Arab Spring” period.
Let us recall that HDI is a summary measure of the average level reached in key components of the human development: living a long and healthy life, acquiring knowledge and having from a decent standard of living.
The health/longevity component is evaluated based on the life expectancy at birth; the education dimension is measured through the number of years of schooling for adults aged 25 and over and the expected number of years of schooling for school-aged children. The standard of liv by component is measured by the gross national income per capita. The results for the three HDI component indexes are then aggregated to get a composite index from the geometric mean.
Helen a married woman of 38 years old who works in one of the popular enterprises in Douala says her boss has warned his female employees that he may not have a place for them again if they soon become expectant.
According to Helen their boss considers the 9 months of gravidity as unproductive to his enterprise and is sometimes fast to discharge female employees who fall prey.
“Many women who have left to go and put to birth have been replaced by our boss within the time the nursing mothers are away” says Helen.
She says many women nowadays prefer to deliver all their children before venturing into the job market.
Helen is considering quitting her job, having three children before stumping back into the job market. All she prays is that jobs should be available when she returns for part two.
Many women have similar cries like that of Helen almost everywhere in Africa and even in some Western countries. Employers like hers exist everywhere and victims are completely unaware that there are provisions on the labour code that protects them should they consider taking in a seed.
The President of the University of Yaounde 1 choir has refuted rumours that some member of the Glorious Voice fled their hotel in Italy to seek 'greener pastures' in the country. According to the President, Kenneth Tabit Tabot all the 50 choir members travelled back to Cameroon on March 23rd 2017.
The Glorious Voices were welcomed by the administrators of the University of Yaounde 1 upon their arrival from in Cameroon from Italy. An attitude saluted by the Rector of the University who said:
"The University of Yaoundé 1 is proud of its choir who performed before two presidents in Italy. They left 50 and came back 50."
The Glorious Voices travelled to to Italy with President Paul Biya upon the invitation of the President of Italy.
The Regional Council of the Supreme Audit Institutions of French- Speaking Sub-Saharan Africa (CREFIAF) and the World Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to have the World Bank provide grant to the association.
The grant worth 500 thousand dollars is intended to enhance the institution's capacity to carry out financial auditing in extractive industries.
The MOU was signed this Tuesday 28th March 2017 in Yaounde between the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of the Supreme State Audit, Rose Mbah Acha Fomundam and the Country's Director of the World Bank Elizabeth Huybens.
The memorandum of Understanding will cover a period of 3 years
The Regional Council of the Supreme Audit Institutions of French- Speaking Sub-Saharan Africa (CREFIAF) was established in Cameroon in 1997 with its headquarters in Yaounde.
Its executive body is chaired by Cameroon's Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of the Supreme State Audit Rose Mbah Acha Fomundam.
His Excellency The National Chairman SDF Party
7. March 2017
I hope you are in good health knowing that the upheavals in the country even denied you the opportunity to rest after your operation. We are lucky to have such a selfless leader in you who can sacrifice his health to be there for the people. God will continue blessing you for your countless sacrifices you are tirelessly making to serve your people. When the few fall to see your great efforts, the many will see, and that many includes God who sees and knows even what is hidden in every human heart. Thank you for the great work you arc doing for the nation.
The times have been tough on me but I must apologize for the long silence. I was very well aware of what this violent government would want to do to me after what I said and did. The order for my arrest was given on the 20. of January 2017 by Mbarga Nguele on the instructions of the SG at the presidency In collaboration with the minister of Interior. I got the signals on the 19. of January and that same day they came for me. Using the old tactics you taught us from the 90s, I led them in my car to a secure location, parked the car there, went into the building and quickly took care of my safety. They spent that whole day and night waiting by the car before realizing what had happened.
There were friends, militants and relatives who kept reminding me that I had parliamentary immunity_ But I knew Cameroon better from our struggle at the inception of our great Party, in the early 1990s, that laws exist only on paper and the real law of the land, is the absolute authority of the President who rules by the barrel of the gun! With that in mind I took no chances and worked extra hard to stay safe. A week later I finally realized that the telex for my arrest had two names on it: Wirba JOSEPH SDF MP and AYAH PAUL ABINE I
I have attached a copy to this letter.
Your Excellency, as your son and one of those who stood up to be counted at the birth of the SDF, I owe you the truth about how I feel. My truth is that during this very trying moment, you my leader did not stand by me or even speak up for me when I needed it most! I may be wrong my Chairman, but I think that your complete silence on such a capital issue I raised, and which touched every West Cameroonian at home and abroad at heart, encouraged our oppressors to hunt me down with impunity! Your silence made me realize that I was on my own, and being a man who can stand on his own feet, I went ahead to defend our people and myself the best way I could. And thanks be to God the People stood by me, defended me, protected me and kept me safe.
When I took the bold step to cry out against the regime's systematic enslavement of the people of West Cameroon, I knew what the consequences could be; disapproval and rejection from some, jail, exile and even death. I have no regrets at all. if the price i have to pay for standing up for our people my life, then it is a price i stand ready to pay.
Thanks a million Your Excellency and best wishes of good health to you.
The former minister is prosecuted for complicity in embezzlement of public funds of nearly 1.8 billion FCFA
Essimi Menye is now sought after. An arrest warrant has been issued against the former Minister of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development by the Special Criminal Court (TCS). He is prosecuted for complicity in embezzlement of public funds in the amount of F CFA 1,756,570,380.
The TCS accuses the former national financier of having paid this money without consideration to the Cabinet Challenger Corporation belonging to Tchakui François. Facts going back to 2008-2012 when the native of the Lekie division in the Centre region was still at the Ministry of Finance.
The arrest warrant was issued on 14 March 2017 by the investigating judge, Justice Blaise Wo'o Minko. The document instructs any judicial officer or police officer to summon and present Essimi Menye to the Kondengui Central Prison.
Problem, the concerned is not in Cameroon. Dismissed from the government on 2 October 2015, Essimi Menye left the country a few months later thanks to a medical evacuation. The former minister has since recovered and lives in the United States. It is not the first time the senior finance expert has been issued an arrest warrant.