Nico Halle recommends morality not intellectuality for students

Talking as a keynote speaker during the convocation ceremony at the catholic university institute of Buea, Barrister Nico Halle decried the fact that Cameroon as well as other nations are suffering today because of the neglect of the place of morality in the educational system and in his words, “what has destroyed the society is book without morality and the result is we are training clever devils who steal from the state coffers like rats and don’t care whether graduates have jobs or not”
While officially admitting the over 801 freshmen taken in this year into CUIB, the president of the institute, Rev. George Nkeze cautioned the freshmen to think positively as they face different problems in the society by avoiding what he call “the problem is” syndrome that people give for their inability to tackle issues courageously and forge forward in the face of glitches. He also enjoined them to be better people by always trying to change for the better while maintaining and not giving other people a chance to destroy their positive outlook in life. Noting areas where they are succeeding in, the president talked of one of their students competing in South Africa after having successfully producing tea that treats diabetes, two of their students that won the 2000 US dollar entrepreneur programme award, as well as a student who made an egusi cracking machine amongst others.

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Graduating Students.

The newly admitted batch of 2015/2016 was named by the president of the university as a batch of fashion. In relation to leading good lives, the keynote speaker Barrister Halle noted that the level of promiscuity has become despicable reason why he advised the students to stay out of activities that may lead to them ending up in such bad situations. He also acknowledged and thanked Mr. Roland Nkemain former president of JCI for the part he is playing in molding youths in Cameroon as well as Africa at large. Barrister Halle while appealing to students and staff to prioritize morality and the fear of God in the teaching and learning process, he also blamed the fact that insurgencies like Boko Haram and others are succeeding in doing what is happening to the world today because of the production of weapons of mass destruction and in order to get back on track, he said prioritizing moral values in the bring up of the young population is the only remedy for the society to get back on track. The number of students taken this year saw an increase as compared to last year when it took 630 and this year the number has been raised to 801.

 

 

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Grim Sights and Stories From Buea Central Prison

The Buea central prison that has become overcrowded like others around the country also encompasses quite a great number of youths with grim stories of how they got behind bars and haven’t had the opportunity to appear in court to give their own side of what they were accused of. Behind the large group of juveniles, is   the Global Forum for the defense of the rights of the less privilege (GFDLP) that paid and official visit to the inmates under the leadership of Mr. Akoh Baudouin Ngah donate food items, toiletries and others materials to the inmates, listen to their stories and look for ways to have legal representatives who will safeguard the interest of the less privilege and guarantee that justice is served to all.

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Inmates of the Buea Central Prison listening to GFDLP

Talking to some inmates at the prison, most of them told me their crimes had to do with theft, marijuana consumption and sale, rape and killings amongst others. Quite terrifying is the fact that most of them are either orphans, kids from broken homes, street children, Househelps “housegirls and boys” and others. Amongst the inmates I talked to, was Anou Vincent, an 18 year-old boy, who is the breadwinner for himself and his lone sister that happen to be among the 23 children of their father living in Fontem and can’t take care of them after their mother’s demise. On what brought him to Buea central prison, he narrated a grim story of toiling and mixing mud at a Muyuka banker’s construction site to sponsor him and the kid sister who couldn’t put up with their four stepmother’s awkward attitude toward them and had to leave home. Unfortunately for Vincent, his father has never paid a visit to him after his 10 months behind bars and he has just a sick grandmother whom he fears might have a heart attack if she discovers that he is behind bars. Although   the said Muyuka banker had ordered the village head to release the 18 year old Vincent after a man brought him to the village head, he was only surprised when he was picked up by police and up to date, he tells me he has never been told the of the item he is been accused of stealing. In his words, “I didn’t steal anything. I am not a child who takes what does not belong to him……I work to get what I need and that why I was working at a construction site to pay my fees and that of my sister”. Other juveniles I spoke to accepted to have committed the crimes they were accused of but plead with the executive director of the global forum for the defense of the less privileged (GFDLP) Mr. Akoh Baudouin to facilitate their process of attaining justice in order to make a difference and become better persons in the society.

Speaking to the founder, of the Global forum for the defense of the less privileged, he said after working in Denmark and Sweden fighting for the place of the less privileged in the society, he thought it wise to serve his country Cameroon. He promised on behalf of his organization of to assist those who have been in detention for more than 8 months with a couple of lawyers in the southwest region to help them have justice. On the youths problem he talked about ensuring that a youth programme be by national commission on human rights and freedom to help avoid youths from engaging in crime and other radical activities.

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