1 Recent statistics indicate that one thousand four hundred schools are functioning in the South West Region while over two hundred and fifty are functional in the North West Region since the beginning of this academic year. These statistics were given by Laurent Serge Etoudi Ngoa Minister of Basic Education in the course of September’s cabinet meeting today. Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute has instructed the strict adherence to the 2019/2020 Academic year calendar.
2 A commercial motorcycle rider lost his life at ‘valley Besseke’ in Douala this day. Riding towards Rond Point Deido, the rider attempted to overtake a vehicle on high speed before crushing. Attempts by the police to call relatives yielded no fruits as the telephone of the rider had a security code. The corpse has been deposited in the mortuary.
3 Over three hundred Africans to be repatriated from Equatorial Guinea. The massive arrest of these Africans most of whom are Cameroonians, took place yesterday. They are detained in different police stations across the country awaiting deportation.
4 Students of the National police College Mutengene in the South West Region of Cameroon will graduate tomorrow Friday. Ahead of the event, the delegate general in charge of national security Martin Mbarga Ngelle supervised a practice demonstration of the students today.
5 Hon. Joseph Mbah Ndam of the Social Democratic Front has challenged proposals relating to the North West Region provided by governor Adolph Lele L’Afrique, as part of the pre-consultations. According to the governor, the North West wants effective decentralisation. Hon. Mbah Ndam countered the proposals, arguing that they do not represent all North Westerners. He says that he and many others want a two-state federation. The governor led a delegation to the Prime minister’s office today.
6 There has been huge disagreement over the form of state in the South West Region of Cameroon. While some people of the Region have called for decentralisation, the chiefs of Fako want a 10-state federation with governors to be elected. The chiefs say even though the form of state is not included in the commission, they will have to present this as part of their proposals.
7 An inspection team from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has started work today in Yaoundé. They are visiting football infrastructures ahead the 2020 African Football Championship. The inspection team will evaluate how prepared the country is ahead of the competition.
8 Personalities around the world have been paying tributes to the fallen former president of France. Jacques Chirac died today at the age of 86. He came to power in 1995 and served two mandates. He began his political career as the Mayor of Paris. Upon retirement from active politics, Chirac faced charges on corruption and other financial crimes.
9 About 30 people have died in a collapse at an illegal gold mine in Chad near the Libyan border. More victims might still be trapped in the debris, Defence Minister Mahamat Abali Sala told Reuters.
10 The body of Robert Mugabe will be buried in his hometown, following a final twist in a row over the former Zimbabwean leader’s resting place. The government had resisted his family’s wish for him to be buried in his home region of Zvimba, deciding that he should be laid to rest in Heroes Acre – a national monument and burial ground. Mugabe died earlier this month aged 95 and a funeral was held in the capital Harare.
11 Officials in Algeria have said seven people have been arrested in connection with a deadly fire at a hospital in eastern Algeria that killed eight babies. The blaze swept through a maternity unit of Bachir Bennacer hospital in the city of El-Oued in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
12 The authorities in Sudan have ordered the closure of the borders with Libya and the Central African Republic over security concerns and smuggling. The decision follows a meeting between the Sudanese sovereign council and regional government representatives in Darfur – an area that has been hit by conflict for more than 15 years. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)