The cargo of nearly 12,000 pairs of shoes, conveyed by the Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon – Okamura Kunio, and received on June 28, 2016 in Yaounde, really betrays the inability of Cameroon to take responsibility for so little things.
By agreeing to receive some 12 000 pairs of shoes collected at the initiative of a Japanese assisted in his adventure by young students from a high school in his country, Minister Yousuf Hadidja Alim of Basic Education made Cameroon a nation that has never gotten rid of certain prejudices, and especially its tunic of “colonized country “.
There was mobilization manifested around the reception ceremony of the famous gift, with the Minister of basic Education, the Secretary of State for Defense in charge of the Gendarmerie and the Japanese Ambassador.
The 11,944 pairs of sports shoes whose sizes vary between 15 and 28, contained in 484 boxes, are estimated at less than 50 million CFA francs.
“When you imagine the number of billionaires that Cameroon has, Minister Yousuf Hadidja Alim of Basic Education would have done better to decline such offers that do not honor our country,” said somebody, implying that the Minister did not see it in that direction. Especially that this grant is intended to support children of families victims of atrocities of the terrorist sect Boko Haram. This is a gift of JAICA – Japan International Cooperation Agency, on the initiative of a Japanese MP – Funada Hajimé.
The delivery of the shoes was subject to the signing of a gift certificate of release and Minutes thereto. What look would pose the international community, including the Central Africans weakened by political instability and extreme poverty, on the other Cameroonians?
Whatever, the parcel will be sent in the localities identified in the region of the Far North, where there are more than 16,900 displaced students, due to the closure of 144 government primary schools of which 65 burned by the barbarians Boko Haram.
At least, it should be recalled that cooperation between Cameroon and Japan has considerably densified since the years 1997 through an extensive building program of school infrastructure in 10 regions of Cameroon.