|ENS Bambili turned over to the University of Bamenda|
|Written by The Standard Tribune|
|Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:30|
Bamenda—The newly created University of Bamenda began taking shape this week after the creation of its first schools.
ENS Bambili, the college of education previously run by the University of Yaounde I was turned over to the new university.
So too was the newly created college for technical education teachers, which paved the way for the coming university.
It is now clear the new institution would be Anglo-Saxon, the second of the kind in the country after the university if Buea.
There is still speculation over the site of the university even though it is widely assumed that the main campus would be at Bambili, outside Bamenda city.
Things would be clearer when a vice-chancellor is appointed. Right now, things are run by the minister of higher education, said ENS officials.
The university has been long at coming but it has been greeted with a lot of excitement across the region.
North West, with some of the country’s best colleges, sends thousands of students to other universities in the country annually.
The University of Bamenda would cut cost and open doors for students who could not afford further education out of the region.
“I cannot tell how relieving this is,” said Mbih Daniel, who has two children at the University of Yaounde II.
“The cost of keeping those children out there is too much. I would not have to spend so much for the other children.”
Many have described the decision to create the university as a political ploy ahead of the presidential election next year.
It came with several other promises to the region, include road and power infrastructure.
But for many ordinary people, none of that really counts.
“The good thing is that we now have a university,” said Ngeh Peter, a resident of Bambili.
“It does not matter what the motive is. We have been waiting for a long time.”
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