Sir Humphrey Monono Ekema has said the fire broke out at the headquarters of the GCE Board in Buea on Sunday May 21 has not affected the smooth functioning of work. The Board registrar in a statement made public yesterday however stated that the examination organisation and management institution is aggrieved by the fire that broke out in the office of the Chief of Communication at about 7am.
Going by the release, military security and GCE board guards on duty intervened timely. They put out the fire and limited destruction of property. Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai of the South West region visited the board that Sunday morning, accompanied by his collaborators.
“While investigations continue, normal work life at the Board is ongoing since Monday 22. A the end of the investigation, findings will be forwarded to hierarchy and educational stakeholders will be informed about the real cause of the fire;” the registrar’s statement read in part. Sir Monono also called on GCE board staff and stakeholders to remain calm, resolute and vigilant.
It should be noted that some observers had a firewall in the Northwest and Southwest region. The arsons have been described as intimidation and extremism by individuals who are trying to force all of them to join an on-going protest that has lasted six months in the regions.