South West: Nine Months To Build Disarmament Centre

The National Coordinator of the National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Committee (NDDRC) Fai Yengo Francis laid the foundation stone on March 20, 2021.

After the Bamenda multipurpose vocational training centre dedicated to ex-fighters of the armed groups in the North West Region, President Paul Biya has again made available funds for the construction of the multipurpose centre for the South West Region.

The over FCFA 1.5 billion futuristic South West Regional Centre for the National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Centre is being constructed in Misselele village in Tiko Subdivision, Fako Division. The National Coordinator of the National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Committee, Fai Yengo Francis laid the foundation stone of the project on March 20, 2021. This was in the presence of the South West administrative authorities led by Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai, Mayor of Tiko Council Chief Mbollo Ndedi and the traditional ruler of Misselele, Chief Peter Ikome Mesoso.

The NDDRC technical partner in charge of  executing the project indicated the construction of the centre will last for nine months. The structures for the centre proper that can take between 200 to 300 people will occupy five hectares of land out of the 21 hectares reserved for the project and the remaining land will be used for future projects. The project consists of building training workshops on different trades, dormitories for personnel, sports infrastructure including a football pitch, dispensary, refectory, church, security infrastructure  and every other facility to enable the ex-fighters stay within the centre. The Regional Chief of the South West NDDRC Centre, Ngone Ndode Mesape said the multipurpose centre will create ample space for the training of the ex-fighters in trades such as agro-pastoral activities, tailoring, carpentry and other income-generating activities that are already being taught them in the temporary site at Booster Institute in Buea.

Speaking as he officially laid the foundation stone of the project, Fai Yengo Francis said the construction of the South West Regional NDDRC Centre comes after that of Bamenda, and insisted that work has to be accelerated so that by “the end of the year when this one is finishing we should almost be getting to the Far North Regional Centre.” He invited the population, “All of us should continue to put our hands on deck so that the global objective which is peace in our country should be maintained at all times and in all places. Together, we should with one voice ask those our children who are still offering themselves as sacrificial lambs in the bushes  to come out because in the Cameroon  of  President Paul Biya there is hope.” He used the occasion to announce that on March 19, 2021,  27 ex-fighters dropped their arms and came to the NDDRC in the Far North. He told the ex-fighters in the South West Regional Centre that their future does not lie in coming out to block the roads but in what the President of the Republic has done and continues to do. Fai Yengo invited the ex-fighters to work in the construction project of the centre in order to get paid while waiting for whatever package is going to come to them. He urged the South West administrative authorities to keep an eye on the advancement of the construction work. Other personalities expressed their delight on the Head of State’s decision for the centre to be constructed and traditional rulers poured blessing libations.

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