The population of Ndian Division in the South West Region of Cameroon has asked the Biya Government to start paying royalties from crude oil exploitation to the local communities.
This is one of the numerous issues that was recently raised by the population, during the appeasement mission undertaken by elite of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM).
The appeasement mission was triggered by the September 22 and October 1 peaceful demonstration in the major towns in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon, during which several people were killed by the forces of law and order.
During the meeting with CPDM top notches, the locals fumed that despite the presence of oil wells in the area, not even a single petrol station is found in the Division.
The people’s woes are further compounded by the fact that since independence, the Government has been exploring and exploiting petrol and other rich mineral resources such as gas, timber and others in Ndian, but the population is not benefiting from any of the fallouts from these natural resources.
As if to make matters worse, travelling to Ndian Division whether in the rainy or dry season is a nightmare
These and many other excruciating experiences are what caused the population to tag the Biya Government as “an evil Government.”
During the meeting which held at the Mundemba Council hall, the local population hauled invectives at the Government through their former Member of Parliament, Sylvester Imbia Itoe.
Imbia Itoe told the CPDM delegation that Ndian is drowning in misery because elite have failed woefully to ask for what is the Division’s due.
The people castigated the Biya regime for the long absence of a full cabinet seat in the Biya Government.
“Government has reduced our sons and daughters to less influential positions.”
Meanwhile, some 6,000 Ndian youths also accused their elite of being surrogates and partnering with a bad regime to under-develop Ndian.
According to them, the people of Ndian are abused both by Nigerians and Cameroonians. “In Nigeria, we are abused for originating from Cameroon and in Cameroon, we are called Nigerians,” they stated.
Meanwhile, despite the worries raised by the population, the Joseph Dion Ngute-led CPDM team succeeded in delivering Government's message to the fuming population.
The Minister Delegate in charge of the Commonwealth advised the population against secessionist propaganda and insisted on the unity and indivisibility of Cameroon.