By Ken Neba, Yaounde, Cameroon – Friday November 8, 2019.
Lecturers of the University of Bamenda -Uba, a state-run University in Cameroon’s restive North West who have grouped themselves as members of the UBa Chapter of the National Union of Teachers of Higher Education (NUTHE) have called off a strike action.
The decision to call off the strike comes after an indoor meeting with the region’s Governor, Friday November 8, 2019. The Union had issued a statement stating it will hold three protests starting Friday.
The first protest demonstration was planned in front of the Vice Chancellor’s Chancellery, Friday November 8, 2019 at 11am with the second being a presentation of a Memorandum to the Governor on Tuesday November 12, 2019, followed by a 3-day shutdown the following week.
The lecturers said the move was provoked by the fact that they are appalled by an unhealthy working environment, citing the wave of what they describe as “unchecked crescendo of security threats on academic staff especially on their way to Bambili.”
The assassination attempt of Thursday November 7, 2019, at the Bambui-Bambili C- Bend, of Dr. Mbifi Richard, Lecturer and Director of Administrative Affairs at the university was also on the checklist.
They argue this attack is just a case in numerous attacks and abductions of lecturers in the same spot, adding that the financial impoverishment of lecturers of UBa who have been victims of kidnappings remains alarming and needs urgent attention.
After the indoor meeting, Governor Adolphe Lele L’Afrique pleaded with school authorities not to go on their planned strike action. The Governor promised to strengthen security around the Bambui – Bambili C Bend where most lecturers have been kidnapped and attacked by unknown gunmen.
As an immediate solution, the military has already been positioned at the said C – Bend while waiting for other measures to be put in place. After the meeting that grouped the University of Bamenda authorities, head of the lecturer’s syndicate and top military officials, the strike action planned by the lecturers in front of the Chancellery was cancelled and the three days without lectures has also been cancelled, National Telegraph has confirmed.