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Monday, 30 May 2005

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PITESS

I think Peter Essoka has said it.It is time to mend the fences.I have participated in U B as a studnet,a parent(sponsor) and a supervisor(co-operating teacher).Infact,my observation was an uneasy calm around that accademic environment,no true peace at all.The gap between the students and their administrators was so wide.Every student was afraid to talk it out the way he sees it.The students saw their administrators and lecturers as a hindrance to their true life ambitions.Infact,the strike was a good and bad thing at the same time.
To madam the V C,it is simple,this time for her to show the students that motherly side of hers which most people thought doesn't exist. It is never an easy task but she can do it.It is time for her to polish the rough ends of a job she has in thirteen years pioneered realy well.It is certain Paul Biya won't send her off,she is not just any kind of administrator.For the little time she still has before retiring or pssing away as she puts it herself,let her take time to clean the stains on her name.Most of us were very angry and wrote terrible things during the strike,but I think if she cleans up things,put them the way many may want them to be and if possible quit then she will regain her lost respect.
To the students,it is time to go back to your books.There is always that tendency for some of us to be lazy and afterwards pretend to lay the blame on the administration,for marginalising us because of our role in the strike.Don't dare do it because no one will sympathize with you.I'm saying this because I have also led a trike.The strike is ended and I think it is for real.We know as humans with vices,some of your lecturers and administrators will want to punish you in their own way,please do everything possible to avoid their traps.Concentrate on your studies and always use the right channel to table your problems.Thank God you now have a students union.
I'll want to thank God Almighty for bringing an end to it all.Thnks to the minister for his role as boss in this department.Thanks to "man's man"Fr Jarvis,for his attemtps to mediate,both in church and on campus.In short thanks to those names we hav'nt mentioned here.Let God's true peace come to U B.

PITESS,Ohio,U S A.

divo, UK

Peter is right in what he has just said.
I think the major problem in UB in which i had been a student is that the administrators see themselves as too superior to be friendly with the students. This lack of a cordial relationship usually creates tension. If the administration and staff change this attitude i think there will actually be no problem in UB. I think that is why most of the universities in the UK are succeeding. The lecturers and administration make the students feel like friends and like friends they can easily understand and react to each others problems.

I was shocked when the international students in my school were invited to the VC's for christmas and the VC and his wife were the ones serving us with drinks and food. Under such conditions how will u feel for the VC in the future? I hope the UB staff and administration should do something about their relationship with the students.

This was the weapon used by Mebara whom i see as the most successful minister of higher education. Why is it so difficult to copy from such successes.

M.A.N

I don't agree with some of the things Mr Essoka said.Why should all those studying abroad think students in U.B are prieviledged when it comes to fees.In Germany students don't pay fees!!!!!!!!!And that's a rich country where parents have the means to send their children to school.Moreover he should know that in the U.S where he studied,he had the possibility to study on loan or work and pay his fees.Those children don't have the possibility to do so.In Cameroon,it isn't easy to have 100frs,so if students want food at 100frs I don't see the problem.Food is very cheap in Africa!!!!!!!
I don't think fighting for one's right means insulting someone.So there's no need for the statement "when a child passes faeces on a mother's lap...".The poor children where just fighting for their rights and they started insulting the administratìon when it refused dialogue with them.In the U.S where you studied,Mr Esoka,students strike for very little things and the administration listens to them.I can't count how many times my mates here in Italy organised a strike for minor things.We too in Germany pay little as fee,but each time the government things of increasing the fees,the students strike.But they are never told that they are previeledged as compared to those in the U.S or the U.K,because each country works according to its economy.
Who doesn't jubilate when he obtains something good?They had suffered and their friends had lost their lives,so they could jubilate the way they wanted.They mayor understood that,that's why he gave them money to jubilate and forget about all.
Anyway,my thanks to all those who did their best to bring peace again to U.B.Those of us out of the country who passed through U.B were very worried and seeing that there is peace again really relieves us.
Thanks again.

Elvis, Enoh Tanyi

Hallo folkes! Great! that we still have people in Cameroon like Mr. Peter Essoka. It puzzles me how the administration sings the Anglo-Saxon song in UB yet do not want the students to dance the Anglo-Saxon dance.
I mean, how can they govern the students without a Students' Representative Council (SRC) and we talk of anglo-saxon. I thing the nexus between the administration and the student population of every other anglo-saxon university is the SRC which should always be consulted with regard to decisions touching the welbeing of the entire student body.
Secondly, I bless, on a very serious note Mr. Essoka's idea of a campus police, which should be trained and dressed in uniforms This will go a long way to bring more peace and tranquility to the univerity as a whole. This should mark the end of nasty idea of bringing envious, underschooled Camerooned policemen who then have the opportunity of brutalising their future 'Bosses' before the come to boss them.
Third, I think it is ripe time for Cameroon to wake up and be dynamic with the administration of our state institution. Keeping that Lady as the V-Chancellor for more than a decade is not only absurd but a good means to discourage initiatives in this contemporary wolrd of advances.
Fourthly, to my fellow leaders of the newly formed SRC, they should conitnue to humble themselves to their administrators and lecturers in a bid to get the best from them in terms of education. They should also continue to speak their truth quietly and unambiguously and let the other party be heard in all their querries. Some of us are behind them and they should feel free always to get to some of us for any contibutions to the betterment of the University education in Cameroon. I hope Soa and the others will queue up behind the place to be.
Then to the Baron, Uncle P. may I employ you, sir, to speak out more of the rubbish going on in Cameroon so that the rest of the world can hear, provided it will it will do a thing to help us.
The Post. I give you a plus for keeping us posted online with the happening in Cameroon.

kupong

mr peter you ere right and very wrong.remember those students ere fighting for what rightly belong to them.talk like a human right personality and not like a politician.how can you say they had no right to be happy.remember the lives lost and forget about your so called advice.you study while working in America but in that evil coutry of our you can/t even have a job without the so called god farthers .dont blame the poor students.keep your fait.and God will one day do something for those dictator.FROM CHINA

M L Rene-Dibi Ndolo

Chia!!!!!!!
Peter Esoka,You di still work? Since 1960s, You were running radio commentries over radio Cameroon now is 2005 you are still in active service.You and Njeuma are birds of the same feathers.
If you stay long so where do you expect these University students will graduate and work?
Uncle Peter, massa reflect on this matter.I am sure God is not happy with you.Uncle Zacs has gone and you started before him, because Uncle Zacs told me you inspired him.

nchong

Rene- Dibi Ndolo

For your information, Peter Essoka is on retirement.

Mulua

Peter Essoka is a typical Cameroonian. When it comes to responding to an issue concerning the state/politics, he speaks with a lot of reservation. However, his opinion counts (as he used to say when he was a journalist at CRTV).

We thank God that the University of Buea (UB) crisis has finally come to an end. Let us learn to call a dog by its name in Cameroon by acknowledging the fact that the students are the victors in this historic event. Congratulations guys. The way forward now should be to maintain a cordial relationship with the administration. Read your books and let UB “passes through you” (acquire knowledge at UB) as well and not only the other way round. Of course, you have shown that UB is passing through you by "teaching" some of your administrators how an Anglo-Saxon University should operate. I hope that the student’s union will be autonomous this time around.

Intellectuals should not wait for students to strike before coming up with brilliant ideas like that of creating a campus police at Universities in Cameroon. If there was one (campus police) at UB, hopefully, their approach of managing the crisis would have been different from the show that those “abitre de taxi” (policemen/gendarmes) put up against the students.

However, the students were up to the task. Having succeeding to seize weapons from these drunks (policemen/gendarmes) and going a long way to hold some of them captive is an indication that if the SDF chairman allowed Cameroonians to revolt in 1992 (when he was rubbed of his presidential election victory), the Biya's regime could have been history by now.

No need to comment on Mrs Njeuma and Mr Mbonda because they are using Biya’s diplomacy. They should note that on the judgement day, everybody will be himselve.

My sincere condolences to the families whose beloved ones were killed during this crisis. May their souls rest in peace.

Metuge E.

Peter Essoka,
respect and humility should be mutual in any academic environment,the University of Buea being no exception.Like many members of the UB administration,you had fun whilst you educated yourself in Western Schools.You experienced how wonderful it feels to be able to approach lecturers,and even administrators.The universities know that their very future depends on the students.Why should it be different in Cameroon?Why must administrators be so intransigent?
Peter,your dichotomy between jubilating students and provocation is not rational to me.If anything,the administration pushed those youngsters to the wall,and therefore must be humble enough to accept that.I find it very pitifully absurd that people know exactly what needs to be done to salvage a situation,but instead of doing the right thing,they prefer to glorify their pride.Academic administrators are supposed to be humble intellectuals,folks who can listen,who can weigh the pros and cons of an issue,and who can give in, eventhough their egos might be put to test.This is because the very purpose of intellectual endeavour is to change the world for the better by eradicating the embarrasment of dictatorship.Clearly,this is a victory for academic justice,and i don't see why anyone wouldn't want the students,or even the teachers of the university of Buea to celebrate.Atleast now,the world knows who the true demon to progress is.

Metuge E.

Peter Essoka,
respect and humility should be mutual in any academic environment,the University of Buea being no exception.Like many members of the UB administration,you had fun whilst you educated yourself in Western Schools.You experienced how wonderful it feels to be able to approach lecturers,and even administrators.The universities know that their very future depends on the students.Why should it be different in Cameroon?Why must administrators be so intransigent?
Peter,your dichotomy between jubilating students and provocation is not rational to me.If anything,the administration pushed those youngsters to the wall,and therefore must be humble enough to accept that.I find it very pitifully absurd that people know exactly what needs to be done to salvage a situation,but instead of doing the right thing,they prefer to glorify their pride.Academic administrators are supposed to be humble intellectuals,folks who can listen,who can weigh the pros and cons of an issue,and who can give in, eventhough their egos might be put to test.This is because the very purpose of intellectual endeavour is to change the world for the better by eradicating the embarrasment of dictatorship,and hence the scourge of war.Clearly,this is a victory for academic justice,and i don't see why anyone wouldn't want the students,or even the teachers of the university of Buea to celebrate.Atleast now,the world knows who the true demon to progress is.

song

Rene- Dibi Ndolo,
Fru Ndi is still President of SDF.
Rumsfeld is secretary of Defense.Came in with Nixon.
Peter Jennings is still at ABC news.
Dan Rather Just retired at NBC news after centuries.

Njeuma has 13 yrs. What is the problem?
You people remove the s#@t in your ass
first.

didi

CORRECTION, SONG
Dan Rather was with CBS and not NBC. NBC had Tom Brokaw
CHEERS!!!
dIDI

PAOLO  LAURENT

THE VC IS IN BUEA, WHERE IS THE CHANCELLOR?
SOME ONE HELP ME.......

A SCHOOL THAT IS RULED BY A VICE PRINCIPAL ONLY?
THEN THE PRINCIPAL IS IN ANOTHER LAND EI YAOUNDE.
YET THE VC TAKE ORDERS FROM THE CHANCELLOR. THIS IS REAL
COLONIALISM IN ITS WORST FORM. ALL DECISIONS CANNOT BE
CARRIED OUT AND IMPLIMENTED IN UB, SINCE ORDERS ONLY CAMES FROM THE CHANCELLOR WHO IS NOT AN ANGLOPHONE, NOT FAMILY WITH THE ANGLOSAXONSCHOOL SYSTEM YET MUST KEEP THIS ANGLO-FOOLS UNDER CONTROL.
MU QUESTION WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY WAITING TO BUILT THEIR OWN UNIVERSITY AND SERVICES THEY NEED SINCE THE DONT HAVE A GOVERNMENT OF THEIR OWN?
ARE THE ANGLOPHONES JUST TOO BLIND TO SEE, OR TOO LAZY TO START WORKING IN UNISON?

M. Zelle

Uncle P , I think old age is disturbing you, so I willadvice that you better stay out of this ok . Just take care of your self.

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