Yaounde-The president of the Republic of Cameroon,Paul Biya has expressed gratitude and warmness to the students who went on the streets to appreciate his gesture of promising them Laptops to ease their studies at their various universities.
On the presidential website and social media channels of the presidency, there was press release with the president in his own words saying:
E-National Higher Education : Students say thank you
Thousands of students from public and private universities in Yaounde marched from the Conference Centre to the centre of the city to express their thanks and gratitude to the President of the Republic on Wednesday 3 August 2016.
The laudable initiative comes in the wake of the distribution of 500 000 computers to students, the setting up of nine computer laboratories in State Universities and the interconnection of all the universities, in a major push for the digital economy under the programme of e-National Higher Education.
Meanwhile in the community of the State University of Bamenda, the laptops gifts have been seen as a welcome gesture towards the modernisation of the learning process and an instrument in the training of youths toward the realisation of Vision 2035 projects.
Messages of gratitude, songs and dance summed up the event in the Bambili campus of the University on August 2, 2016 where students showcased Thank-You messages before telling North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique to tell President Biya about their commitment to stand by his Emergence Plan for the youths of Cameroon.
Evidence of their appreciation was on placards, some of which read, “One Student, One Laptop. It is real. It is a focus on virtual University, a move towards digital economy. A move towards quality higher education. Tools in the formation of youths towards vision 2035. Laptops for portable education. Thank you, Mr President, father of android generation for making our dreams come true”.
Their message of appreciation, presented by a postgraduate student of the History department, Musah Pagbe Christian, encouraged President Biya to continue in his drive to modernise higher education. He revisited the President’s excellence awards to enhance research by students and said the new project to offer laptops will make things to happen with E-learning at the reach of all students.
It was against this backdrop that, North West governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique hailed the students for mobilizing to show the gratitude and said the government will deliver for the advancement of higher education through the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nkuo Therese Akenji.