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Two Years After: Major National Dialogue records Positive Balance Sheet

As a reaction to corporate claims brought forward by teachers and lawyers which have now morphed into civil disobedience in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon, the government of Cameroon organized the Major National Dialogue which took place between September 30 and October 4, 2019 in Yaounde, Cameroon. The event brought together delegates from all 10 regions of the country.

The Major National Dialogue didn't only look at the concerns raised by teachers and lawyers but also discussed on issues to better the well-being of Cameroonians. At the end of it, 81 resolutions were taken.

Two years after the holding of the Major National Dialogue, 52 of these resolutions have been met with some bringing in new institutions to national life.

Prime Minister Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute addressing the Participants at the Major National Dialogue

One of the major achievement of the Major National Dialogue was their proposal for the creation of a special status for the North West and South West regions. A proposal which was adopted and inserted in Law No 2019/024 of the 24th December 2019 to institute the General code of Regional and local authorities.

This law grants a special status to the North West and South West regions with the Presidents of the Regional Executive councils becoming the Chief Executive officers of their regions. Furthermore, Public independent conciliators have already been appointed to these regions. They have as mandate to arbitrate  between users of council services and the councils concerned where there is a dispute or violation of rights. The Public Independent Conciliators have been working in that regard.

Another major achievement after the Major National Dialogue was the creation of a school for the training of local administrators who will assist in the delivery of council activities, NASLA, National school of Local Administration based in Buea.

Participants at the Major National Dialogue

Also, a common law bench has already been created and functional already at the Supreme Court. To add to the this, the government proceeded to translate the OHADA uniform act into the English language.

The fight against the slowness of Judicial procedures, the creation of the National Commission for the promotion of Bilingualism and multiculturalism, recruitment of 1000 bilingual teachers specialized in science and technology, creation of the DDR centres, the Reconstruction plan which is already underway, are other steps taken by government to arrest the current impasse in the North West and South West regions.

With all these achievements coming as a result of the Major National Dialogue, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute has on several occasions call on those fighting to leave the bushes and visit the Disarmament, Demobilisation and rearmament centres created since 2018.

The reconstruction process launched in April 2020 and supported mainly by the United Nations Development Program, UNDP has been launched as a move to get IDPs back to their homes and also ensure that refugees return to their homes.

With some of the recommendations still to be implemented and others ongoing, Prime Minister, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute has on several visits to Bamenda and Buea continue bringing in strategies for a long lasting solution to the crisis.

By Nji Nelson Chefor

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