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[26 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Benjamin Et-Nchenge
There was something about the last presidential election in the US that is oddly reminiscent of Cameroon’s 2013 presidential polls. Many Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, couldn’t quite fathom how the country’s two main parties ended up with candidates with such significant ethical or mental deficits and who inspired little popular enthusiasm. After eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, one that restored gravitas, dignity, a humane touch and intelligence to the White House, there was a certain anxiety that the next president will be something of a letdown.
I …

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[26 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Ayuk Tobias Oru
Talking about West Cameroon in his letter to the government of Cameroon at the point of his resignation from any public office, Dr. J.N. Foncha stated: “Our socio-economic system, as far as I know, was far better understood and fast developing than what was experienced in East Cameroon, even after reunification. Our administrative system was clear and precise, with safeguards and enough ‘ checks and balances’; and it was only left for us to make it understood and appreciated by all concerned, rather than the ‘trial and …

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[19 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on CAMEROON: Need to Boost Internally Generated Revenue | ]

By Benjamin Et-Nchenge
Indeed, across the globe, tourism has become very important that today it is a major source of income for many countries as it affects the economy of both the source and host countries. The economic potential of tourism is remarkable, with direct and indirect impact on employment. Similarly, it is a good public relations mechanism through which a city, state or country could attract needed foreign investments. According to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index report of 2016 based on air traffic, Bangkok in Thailand tops the table …

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[19 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on September 15: Our world Day of Democracy | ]

By Ayuk Tobias Oru
This very important day passed unnoticed by the citizenry of this nation for reasons yet undisclosed by our government. It beats the imagination of all and sundry why we should pride ourselves as an “Advanced Democracy” when we ignore an important day such as this. Can it be said that our leaders are unaware of this date in their schedule of activities? Or should it be said that they have many other important matters to handle before them? All the same, we are a democracy, and we …

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[5 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on The Anti-terrorism Law: A revisit | ]

By Benjamin Et-Nchenge
Though the Cameroon Government has based its institution and subsequent retention of the Anti-terrorism Law (death penalty) in its criminal law on its endorsement by the National Assembly, the position of the State loses its merit when subjected to deeper scrutiny. Indeed a re-consideration of the decision is validated by the fact that the matter involves life, which human beings has no power to create and therefore should take extreme care in seeking to take.
Indeed, the campaigns for the abolition of the capital punishment have persisted over the …

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[5 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Divine Glory; the true prerequisite for leaders | ]

By Ayuk Tobias Oru
On points of view over The Star Newspaper of August 8, 2016 under the caption Cameroon’s Leadership Headache, Benjamin Et-Nchenge did not mince words in asserting: “A comparison of Cameroon’s experience in the quest for development with the experiences of other nations in the world, provides a clear answer to the question: Why has Cameroon failed or why is Cameroon failing? The answer, poignant and direct, is that there has hardly been a steady supply of good and selfless leaders to galvanize the potentials of the country …

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[29 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on Okada, Limbe City Council’s challenge | ]

By Benjamine Et-Nchenge
It is no longer news that Limbe is fast assuming the status of a mega city. Indeed, the United Nations has stipulated that a city with a very high population automatically assumes that status. And we all know Limbe’s population is increasing by leaps and bounds today.
In the world, there are many mega cities with Africa having three of such. These include Lagos (Nigeria), Cairo (Egypt) and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Kongo). These come with challenges. And the challenges include providing enough infrastructures to support the high population-enough …

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[29 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on Partiality: the dividing line in Cameroon. | ]

By Ayuk Tobias Oru
Look at the roads! What a beautiful scenery! This time around, our government will have no problems at all with electoral campaigns.
– What is it to boast about, my dear friend? Why do you talk of electoral campaigns? Is it not the duty of any government to construct good roads?
– My brother, it is simply because the time is close when our authorities in government will come visiting us on a daily basis. Though our man, Agbor Tabi has passed away, Minister Mengot and others are still …

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[4 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on Cameroon in need of quality leaders | ]

By Benjamin Et-Nchenge
Indeed, when a nation is in turmoil, those who have faith in God must pray. Given clear indices that Cameroon is in turmoil, we pray: Gracious God, grant that our leaders become wise, and the wise become our leaders. But it would be irresponsible fideism to simply pray and fold our arms. Those who pray must think, and, having sought and obtained answers to right questions, they must act intelligently.
As Cameroon passes from one turbulent season to another, it has become inescapable to inquire: what is the quality …

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[4 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on Our Houses of National Comedians | ]

By Ayuk Tobias Oru
Having presided over a series of though-provoking matters that morning, the judged asked for the next case to be presented. It happened to be a divorce issue, so he asked the husband, the appellant: “Will you tell the court the main problem between you and your wife which has prompted you to seek this separation? – I will, my lord, he started, adjusting his suit as a true gentleman. It was about the football match which we lost to Egypt last week… “He stopped automatically. The entire …