The Secretary of State explained that the Language of command in Cameroon would no longer be French alone.
The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice in charge of Penitentiary Administration, Mr Jerome Doh Penbaga, has underscored the plan to reinforce bilingualism in the curriculum of the Buea-based National School of Penitentiary Administration (French acronym, ENAP).
Mr Penbaga insisted that “Bilingualism is at the centre of Government preoccupation now and the moment when French was the sole language of command in Cameroon is over as instructed by the Head of State, President Paul Biya.”
The Secretary of State was speaking to the press in Buea a few minutes after chairing ENAP’s 30th Board Session, Friday, 26 January, 2018. He explained that one of the major resolutions arrived at was on the means and ways that bilingualism was to be reinforced in the Centre created in colonial days as National Training and Retraining Centre for Penitentiary Personnel.
It was transformed in 1992 into a School (ENAP) to train personnel for the 79 functional prisons in Cameroon. Another resolution was based on the necessity for the School to partner with E-Force which trains personnel for the United Nations at a time when the UN is constantly soliciting for penitentiary staff from Cameroon.
The ENAP Board met a quorum and the Director of the Institution, Administrator General of Prisons, Mrs Fonkem Immaculate, was on hand to provide managerial responses to the Board. Deliberations centred on an eight-point agenda including a report of activities of the School, examination of crucial points from the report, and evaluation of the level of implementation of recommendations from the previous session.
The ENAP Buea which has remained on its present location in the nucleus of Buea city is still manoeuvring to take off to its new convenient site at Lisoka near Muea-Buea. The Secretary of State recalled that studies had been finalised and the file is currently at the Chancellery for action.
He assured that the land at Lisoka was secured with beacons planted and farming being done on it by the Central Prison of Buea to produce food and occupy it.
The school has an international vocation having trained a Gabonese contingent and, now, the Togolese are knocking at the door to ENAP.