A WORD OF WELCOME PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT DELEGATE TO THE BAMENDA CITY COUNCIL AT THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCHING OF THE UN POST 2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA IN BAMENDA, ON SATURDAY, THE 29TH OF MARCH 2014 - Government Delegate's Speeches

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A WORD OF WELCOME PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT DELEGATE TO THE Bamenda City Council AT THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCHING OF THE UN POST 2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA IN BAMENDA, ON SATURDAY, THE 29TH OF MARCH 2014

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The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Cameroon,

Ambassadors and Members of Diplomatic Missions here in Cameroon,

The Governor of the North West Region,

The Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam,

The Divisional Officers for Bamenda I, II, III and other Divisional Officers here present,

The Mayors of Bamenda I, II, III and other Mayors here present,

All North West Regional Delegates and other Delegates here present,

Traditional, Religious and Political Authorities,

Principals, teachers and students of schools represented here,

My dear youths of Bamenda,

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

 

On behalf of the Bamenda City Council, and in the name of the populations of Bamenda and the entire North West Region, I welcome all of you to this unique event. We welcome in a very special way, the Resident Coordinator of the UN here in Cameroon, who has come to Bamenda along with some ambassadors and members of Diplomatic Missions in Cameroon.

In coming out to galvanise the youths of Cameroon to actively participate in the post 2015 development goals of the United Nations, Bamenda has been chosen as one of the few stop-overs. For this, we remain grateful for the visibility that this event gives to our City.

Indeed, the development drive of the City of Bamenda depends a lot on the input of teh youths. The backbone of our economy is petty trade, and this sector is largely in the hands of our youths. They are the ones in all our markets, and on all our streets. Over 7,000 of them are involved in the commercial motorcycle sector, and many more are involved in agro-business, as well as in crafts and arts.

We are aware that our economy cannot experience the boom we need if we depend only on petty trade. We are also aware that apart from the youths who animate the informal sector of the City of Bamenda, thousands of them are still unemployed. It is for this reason that we welcome the initiative of the UN, to effectively include the youths in its post 2015 development agenda.

After all, these youths are the leaders of tomorrow; and to prepare for the tomorrow that we want, we will have to invest in activities that better the capacity of our youths. In Bamenda in particular, and in the North West Region in general, there is no better way to attract the youths than through school sports. Bamenda prides itself as the citadel of Cameroon’s learning, because of our lead-role in private and confessional education, from the nursery and primary school levels, through secondary, to the tertiary level.

It is for this reason that we congratulate the Principals, teachers and students of Sacred Heart College, Our Lady of Lourdes College, the Baptist High School and Government Bilingual High School Down Town, on their choice to be the main animators of this Bamenda Youth Sports Event. We equally commend the Bamenda Media through CAMASEJ, the UN Press Club Bamenda, the National Youth Council, youth NGOs and Youth Associations in Bamenda, for their input in making this event a success.

For this event to enjoy the visibility that it deserves, and for the youths of Bamenda to be given the space and forum that they need to express themselves, we must say, Thank You, to the UN AIDS programme and programmes of other UN agencies here in Cameroon, as well as to the Governor of the North West Region and his local administration.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is our hope that by the end of the UN awareness-raising tour of select Regions of Cameroon, the ground would have been properly prepared, for our youths to be an integral part of the emergence of our economy, in line with the UN post 2015 development agenda. And it is on this note of hope, that once more, I extend the friendship of the people of Bamenda to all of you. Enjoy your stay with us, and may God take you safely back at the end of business.

Thank you for your kind attention.

 

Government Delegate,

Bamenda City Council,

 

Vincent Nji Ndumu.

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