By Chris Mbunwe
In the era of climate change and campaigns for people to plant more trees and forests to tackle global warming and changing climate, the Divisional Officer of Ndu in Donga Mantung Division, Northwest Region, Adamu Ibrahim, has, in an order signed recently, instructed the authorities of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC, and others to clear the surrounding forests around their institutions in two weeks or face legal measures.
According to the administrator, the same order will affect others – owners of forests likely to be “hideouts for terrorists”.
DO Adamu ordered that the forest from the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary, which starts from Singwa right to Joseph Merrick Baptist College, JMBC, be cleared.
According to the DO, if these authorities fail to clear the forests, they will be considered as “aiding and abetting terrorism ” and shall be treated as such because, as stated in his order, the administration has identified those areas as hideouts for terrorists. The areas in question, which the Senior Administrator wants to be cleared, for hundred of years, have been vital to the population of Ndu and beyond.
The same DO, some few weeks ago signed an order banning markets of some villages from operating. The markets included: Ntundip and Ngarum, whih were banned from functioning because those are centres of terrorists. In addition, commercial motorbikes were also banned from circulation and, in turn, those termed by the DO as terrorists also banned the circulation of commercial vehicles to Ndu. These actions from both the DO and Separatists have left the population suffering.