MINDEF reiterates government's commitment to end the Anglophone crisis

The minister delegate at the Presidency incharge of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo has reiterated government's resolve to put an end the crisis that has been rocking the North West region for four years now. Minister Joseph Beti Assomo made the statement in Bamenda Friday November 20, 2020 while chairing a security meeting as he led a four man delegation of top military officials to Bamenda.

"I wish to highlight that our presence here, on instructions of the head of State, commander in chief of the arm forces, attests to government's resolve to provide an effective and definite solution to this crisis that keeps tormenting our people who are only asking for a peaceful life", Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said.

The visit to Bamenda is also at a time when the region is preparing like others for the first ever regional councils elections on December 6 and also the end of year festivities.

The meeting also provided an avenue for Minister Joseph Beti Assomo to meet the men and women of the defense and security forces who are facing the realities on the ground. He used the meeting to convey the head of state's message of encouragement and comfort as he visited some wounded soldiers hospitalized at the Bamenda military hospital.

While condemning the Kumba school massacre, the defense boss reiterated the strong determination and engagement of the defense and security forces to assist government and local authorities in their duty to protect children's fundamental right to education.

Also, minister Joseph Beti Assomo saluted the ex separatist fighters who have drop their guns and called in those in the bushes to drop theirs and join the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration centre for their integration back into the society.

Speaking earlier during his key note address, the governor of the North West region, Adolphe Lele LAfrique, said lack of infrastructure and poor road network is one of the difficult challenges faced by the defense and security forces in completing their mission to bring lasting peace in the region.
"On your way to Bamenda from Babadjou, you saw for yourself the poor state of the road. You have gone round Bamenda this morning and you have seen how our roads look like. You can imagine that in other areas of the region", the governor stated.
Apart from poor roads, he also cites material and logistic constraints and the resistance to embrace peace.

The governor also said that the ministers visit was timely after the defense and security forces had carried out successful operations to give Bamenda some calm especially the operation "Bamenda Clean". An operation he said has lead to an increase in economic activities, the return of some IDPs, school resumption and the improvement of the public investment budget as compared to 2019.

Minister Joseph Beti Assomo was accompanied to Bamenda by the Delegate General for National Security Martin Mbarga Nguele, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defense incharge of the National Gendarmerie, Etoga Galax Yves Landry and the General Directorate for External Research Leopold Maxime Eko Eko.

By Nji Nelson Chefor in Bamenda


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