Cameroon – Anglophone Problem: Ad hoc Committee convenes another working session today AKA “meeting of the last chance”

Written by Deckson N.

Trade Unionists of English-speaking teachers are expected in the conference room of the Governor’s Services of the North-West Region.

Negotiations between the Government and the trade unions of English-speaking teachers resumed. This morning, the two sides must meet in the conference room of the Governor’s Services of the North-West Region. The information of the holding of this working session is confirmed by the press release of Professor Paul Ghogumu Mingo published in the columns of the national daily Cameroon Tribune edition of January 11, 2017.

The members of the Government, namely the Minister of Higher Education (MINESUP), the Minister of Secondary Education (MINESEC) and the Minister of Basic Education (MINEDUB), are expected today in Bamenda.

The newspaper Le Jour edition of 12 January 2017 reports that “according to observers, the work ahead is likely to be more serene, since the Government has satisfied two requirements laid down by the strikers last time“. This involves the integration of teachers’ representatives from the South West Region. Secondly, the liberation of 21 demonstrators on 10 January by the Government.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the issues of disagreement at the last meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee were taken into account in the organization of this other working session. The trade unionists denounced the reduction of the problem to a single English-speaking region.

Our brothers from the southwest are not invited and this poses a very serious problem,” said Wilfred Tassang Fombang Secretary of CATTU.

Other trade unionists had indicated that they could not take part in these meetings without legal assistance. Only in Bamenda, reports the newspaper, the people call this meeting “the meeting of the last chance“.

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