By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo
The Speaker of the Cameroon Lower House of Parliament, Hon. Cavaye Yenguie Djibril, has pleaded that the newly constructed stadium in Yaounde, the Olembe Stadium, be named after President Paul Biya.
Hon. Cavaye begged in Yaounde on December 10, while closing deliberations of the third and last session of Parliament for the 2021 Legislative Year. The secession was dedicated to the adoption of the 2021 state budget.
“… the Olembe Stadium, a veritable architectural jewel, which is one of the best in Africa, should, indeed, bear the name of the Great Builder who is no one else but President Paul Biya. On behalf of all the members of the National Assembly, I have the honour to plead with deference that the Olembe Stadium be christened Paul Biya,” Hon. Cavaye said.
Concerning the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, expected to kick off on January 9 next year, the House Speaker exhorted Cameroonians to hold fast to what makes Cameroon the land of legendary hospitality and unique.
While remarking that he has no doubt that the competition will whip up emotions, Hon. Cavaye urged Cameroonians to show proof of fair play and discipline, in remaining calm.
“Even though Cameroon is ready to host this special AFCON with state-of-the-art facilities, it would not be superfluous to lay emphasis on security and health conditions. We are convinced that the professionalism of our forces of law and order will keep them alert. Cameroon remains a safe country,” he added.
With regards to the inter-tribal conflict between Arab Shoa-Maousgoum-Massa that has resurfaced in the Far North Region of Cameroon, Hon. Cavaye appealed to the three communities to show proof of restrain.
“… I hereby exhort the appropriate authorities to take all the measures that are necessary for peace to return to these communities,” he said.
To the House Speaker, there is need to take necessary measures to end the fresh outbreak of violence between these communities because this could further jeopardise the relative peace in the Far North Region that is still affected by the exaction of Boko Haram.
“As for the Coronavirus pandemic, the general public must continue to respect the preventive measures recommended by Government. We need a COVID-19-free AFCON. That is the challenge that Cameroon must overcome,” he reiterated.
The House Speaker also noted that Government has taken appropriate measuresm, after consultations with economic operators to control inflation, check rising high prices and ensure that local markets are stock with consumer products.
“Taking measures to fight against high living cost during this period of end of year feast is, indeed, commendable. In this connection, I am quite pleased to wish you all, in advance, merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year, 2022,” the House Speaker said.
The session also witnessed Members of Parliament take the cue from the Network of Women Parliamentarians of Cameroon to express their indignation about the attacks perpetuated on November 24 at Grammar School Ekondo Titi in the Southwest Region where students and a teacher were killed.