Cameroon: UB Vice-Chancellor, Dr Nalova Lyonga reacts on students’ strike

-Announce payment of presidential grant to start this Thursday but maintains that the over 200 arrested will face the law

-Says the riot was manipulated.

-However students threaten to bring back UBSU

 In a press conference granted toCameroon Concord twenty-four hours after violent protest erupted in Buea between unarmed students of the University of Buea, UB and armed to the teeth riot police officers, the vice chancellor, Dr Nalova Lyonga told pressmen that the entire riot was incited by some authorities which will in the days to come, face the arm of the law.

 

Speaking, she noted that the payment of the presidential grant to meritorious students witnessed a halt because of some complications from the level of the Ministry of Higher education. But after holding a working session with some representatives from MINESUP who are charged with the presidential grant yesterday, the VC told reporters that payment is scheduled to start from Thursday with Post graduate students. On what becomes of the over 200 students who were arrested during last Monday’s strike and are reportedly been tortured somewhere in Limbe, Nalova Lyonga who is due retirement timidly refused to answer the question asking one of her deputies Prof Fonkeng Epah George to comment on that. Acting on the VC’s instructions, the deputy Vice chancellor noted that all those arrested if found guilty, should get ready to face the arms of the law.

 

This he complemented is due to the fact that school property including three cars was destroyed. Meantime, the Vice chancellor quizzed about if schools were on noted that those who stay away will have themselves to blame noting that classes are on. Even though no student was spotted on campus but rather a few who from all indications were travelling, Dr Nalova noted sounded what seems like a warning that all those who for the pass 4years have allocated their resources to give her a bad name will be brought to book. Calm returns to Buea Uneasy calm is has returned to the university town of Buea after last Monday’s strike action which was repressed by combat ready riot police officer who reportedly used tear gas and water canon on protesting students.

At the time of this report, the exact location of the over two hundred students who were arrested during the strike action is yet to be made public. However social media speculations hold that they were ferried to the SONARA military base in Limbe where they are currently been tortured. Yesterday shops and business premises remained locked up as the once busy and noisy university town could only be compared to Allepo and the Gaza strip in Syria. What this reporter equally gathered is that parents are calling on their children to return home with immediate effect.

On Monday night when we paid a visit to the mile 17 bus station, the type of congestion seen was one common only during the graduation ceremony of UB. Even as we took to press we gathered that students were still rushing out of Buea for fears that the strike action might resurface. Some of them noting that they will only set foot in Buea come January 2017.

Students want UBSU brought back As it is with ever strike action, the negative effect is beginning to show up. This is complimented by the fact that some students of the Anglo-saxon university who are agitated by what they term the “excesses” of the vice chancellor have decided to bring back their former student governing body, dubbed University of Buea Students Union, UBSU.

Cameroon Concord was reliably informed that a group of students regrouped after last Mondays incident and decided that if they had their student governing body, UBSU which was headed by a president with powers to dialogue with the administration on any issue concerning students, they would have a greater opportunity for their plights and cries to be given a listening ear. We should recalled that the University of Buea students’ Union, UBSU in 2012 went comatose after it was brandish as a creating “havoc” and “terror” by the VC, Dr Nalova Lyonga.

Four years after the association was banned on campus, students and opinion leaders hold that a lot would not have been the way it is if the association was in existence as it always stood for the rights of the students. It should however be recalled that the old days of UBSU in Buea was marred by constant strike actions especially when the administration refused to heed to their demands

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