|BREAKING--Biya create University of Bamenda|
|Written by Eugene N Nforngwa|
|Wednesday, 08 December 2010 12:55|
BAMENDA—President Paul Biya created the University of Bamenda, Wednesday, granting a key request from the people of the North West region.
But Biya did not announce the long-awaited building of the Ring Road, which he simply said would be entirely rehabilitated, speaking here at a ceremony to mark 50 years of the army.
He also announced the building of a hydro-electric dam on the Menchum Fall and studies to upgrade the Bamenda general hospital into a referral facility.
Overall, the speech, made in part in English, drew drowning applause from the public. Much of what he said was expected.
Tens of thousands of people, who travelled from around the country, were presented at the ceremony at the Bamenda Commercial Avenue.
“I have decided to create the University of Bamenda,” Biya said. The university would be the eighth run by the state in the country.
Bamenda, one of the regions with the best schools in the country, sends thousands of students to universities out of the region every year.
This year, at least two privately run universities, one by the Catholic Church and the other by the Presbyterian Church were launched in the city.
But the public persisted with a long-time request for a state-run university. The creation of a graduate cycle at the School of Education (ENS) in Bambili was the first sign of the coming university.
Details of the now granted wish such as programmes, campuses and when it takes off would only emerge later. Part of the request was for it to be a university of Science and Technology.
“What this means is that parents would not spend so much sending children to Buea or Yaounde,” said Ngu Festus, who drove more than two hours from Kumbo for the event.
But the public was a little cold on the issue of the Ring Road. They had come hoping that Biya would lay the foundation stone for the project he promised 20 years ago to “personally supervise”.
Biya said negotiations were on for the “rehabilitation of the Ring Road.” That part of the speech was done in French.
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