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Schools resumption in Fako: SDO Engamba Ledoux assures population

29 August 2017 No Comment

Fako Chiefs were part of the SDO’s back to school meeting

By Benjamine Et-Nchenge
It is correct to conclude that, ever since the creation of Fako Division, no singular act of impunity, civil disobedience has jolted the sensibilities of the residents of the Division as much as the shocking reality of the Lawyers and Teachers strike which began late last year and which has translated itself into a situation that has paralysed all schools in the Division.
The heartrending incident has seen acts of arson, and vandalism on most schools even as some school children were brutalized in others. Witnesses who had a close shave with death report that it is unidentified persons on rampage, intimidating parents into not sending their children to school.
No words can be tendered to diminish the evil in the impious and hellish outbursts that voided the humanity of the perpetrators (remote and immediate) and violate the sanctity of life among a people who, for several years running, pride themselves as living in the safest and most peaceful Division in Cameroon.
It has indeed been hellish for inhabitants that had been goaded into respect of ghost towns from where, outside closed business places, gather in small circles bemoaning the destructions, and expressing sympathy with the affected business owners while contemplating the ominous possibilities consequent upon the incidents. Their core value, the education of our children, was disrupted and their faith in the much-touted protective shield of government quivered.
The palliative the people urgently needed at the moment soon came in the swift reaction of Fako SDO, Mr. Engamba Emmanuel Ledoux, whose prompt reaction was to summons an enlarged assemblage with
DOs, Security Chiefs, school proprietors, elite, Senators, Hon. Members of Parliament, Educationists, the media, and other stakeholders in which they brainstormed on way forward towards effective re-opening of schools come September 4, 2017. This was last week at the Limbe City Council Hall at Down Beach. At the meeting, the SDO’s assurances that his administration was fully committed to unraveling the perpetrators and making them face the full wrath of the law sounded most reassuring to everyone eager to send his/her child to school. The frustrations shrouding the people’s psyche were further assuaged by the hope drawn from the SDO’s bold stance in confronting the festering feud involving a few divergent views manifested at the gathering.
Apart from Engamba Ledoux’s stern abhorrence for traits of insecurity, his humanness was at the fore in his soothing words as he promised more security in Fako to beef up what is already on the ground; Though the turn of events that day was most impromptu, not a few persons were pleased with the SDO’s spontaneity in effective redress of a knotty administrative headache.
His closing remarks isolated the situation as detracting from the general congenial security ambience of Fako; it reiterated the administration’s commitment to routing criminality in the Division.
Mr. Ledoux emphasised that his findings erased “the fears that the situation may have been caused by either some terrorist organisations or some members of some groups of agitators in the country.”
In maintaining that Fako is getting increasingly “too hot for criminals to operate in,” the SDO, in absolute terms, declared that the urgent need to get children back to schools as his administration for support in whatever way necessary.
As in Will Durant’s submission that “the cause of our contemporary pessimism is our tendency to view history as a turbulent stream of conflicts – between individuals in economic life, between groups in politics, between creeds in religion, between states in war,” some willful narrators of the schools closure, sworn to controversial bents in an otherwise bare information pool, are on the prowl.
They impugn Ledoux for strategically leveraging on the available information in managing the situation; but they would not recognise his due deference to the appropriate security quarters for the application of investigative schemes. These detractors lend voices to the smear campaign against the SDO and the Administration of Fako for an unduly hyped association with persons identified in a subsisting imbroglio in Limbe per se.
While we understand that some politicians readily mine from the gullible disposition of the greater majority out there by latching onto any subject that gives them (the politicians) visibility, stoking avoidable controversy in a situation that involves children is eternally deplorable and condemnable.
When selfish inclinations, even in their subtleties, seek to undermine the general wellbeing of society, it takes affirmative action, such as Mr. Ledoux’s, to save it. Again, Durant’s counsel that sensational reportage should be disregarded in favour of the essence of the ordinary message appears apposite here. According to him, “if we turn from the Mississippi of strife, hot with hate and dark with blood, to look upon the banks of the stream, we find quieter but more inspiring scenes.
History has been too often a picture of the bloody stream. The history of civilization is (however) a record of what happened on the banks.”
Evidently, Mr. Ledoux, by his precepts and acts in administration, votes for the happenings on the banks, which essentially define civilisation. The spate of development in Fako Division under Engamba Emmanuel Ledoux’s watch bears testimony to good administration and budding civilization.

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