Wum Council Empower's Youths Towards An Effective Back To School

Youths at Morning Devotion 

Wum council in the Menchum Division of North West Cameroon has empowered some 101 youths drawn from it's municipality as part of her social cooperate responsibility. Of the 101 youths, 76 were directly recruited by the the council and another batch of 25 youths, were recruited thanks to the partnership between the Pari Mutuel Urbain Camerounais, PMUC and the Wum council

 The global envelop of 4.290.000 FRS CFA was distributed to the youths as a form of empowerment after their 30  and 60 day stay at the council

Wum council stands tall in the division as the only council that has never stopped empowering the youths in a bit to curb the high rate of unemployment rocking the municipality. The challenges faced in this youth empowerment drive has been the sociopolitical stalemate in the two English speaking regions which has led to thousands of job loss as well as the non effective presence of many youths at school.

 The holiday makers were described as full of enthusiasm, hardworking and obedient by Councillor Buo Ephraim Amuh, Chairperson of the Works and Infrastructure committee of the council

The Mayor of Wum council, Mr. Dighambong Anthony Mvo was represented at this occasion by the 1st Deputy Mayor, Mr. Hamza Umaru, who showered praises on the youths who braved the odds to assist the council in keeping the streets and other public premises clean, as they dug blocked gutters, planted ornamental trees and flowers that help to beautify the municipality, and above all, trees were  planted in the municipal forest for posterity

Emptying of Blocked Gutters

 He encouraged other youths who have never benefited from this youth empowerment scheme to apply when next the opportunity comes

The SDO of Menchum, Kamga Charles, lauded the initiative of the council for putting youth development first, and accompanying  the youths towards self sustainability. He added that the council is a non-replaceable catalyst of development in the society, and called on the council to ensure sustainability of the ornamental trees, flowers and the 5000 trees the youths have planted during these holidays.

The SDO also used the occasion to call for an effective back to school come Monday September 3, 2018, noting that Knowledge is Power.  Education he says, is the premise of progress, in every society and family.”

The council was encouraged to put in place a sustainable mechanism, to ensure that the job done by the children should not be in vain, at a time when the challenges of Global warming are glaring.

The youths in their goodbye message read by Anang Michael, thanked the council for the opportunity given to them to serve their fatherland while expressing the difficulties they went through; ” it has not been easy doing this job, especially in this crisis. The holiday job was an idle opportunity for us to stay away from HIV, Malaria, drug abuse, Typhoid and other social ills." He said

 This year's holiday job was marked by working along the streets, digging and opening culverts, planting flowers, working around church premises, palaces, schools, delegations and administrative buildings.

keeping Wum Clean

The youths also pleaded with the council to source for funds and continue to keep the municipality as clean as they're leaving it

The financial package they noted will help them prepare for an effective back to school

Since 2014, the Wum Council has effectively empowered 395 youths through holiday jobs, to the global amount of FCFA sixteen million and fifty thousand (16,050,000 FRS)

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis

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