Bamenda II Mayor extends hand to Ex-combattants, prescribes Discipline

Mayor Chenwi Peter hands items to the Regional Coordinator of the DDR

The Mayor of the Bamenda II Council has officially visited ex-combattants of the Disarmament, Demobilization and reintegration centre(DDR) in Bamenda

The ex fighters who willingly dropped their arms during the armed conflict in the North West region that started in 2016 were visibly satisfied with gifts offered them by Mayor Chenwi Peter

Buckets of garri, plantain, beans, corn, sweet potatoes, Maggi, tomatoes, palm oil, groundnut oil, salt, toilet issue, pads, soap and sugar were handed to the ex fighters

Bamenda II Mayor, Chenwi Peter is the first elite to visit the centre since its creation on the 30th November 2018 according Sixtus Gabsa, coordinator of the centre

Sixtus Gabsa appreciating the visit of the Mayor

He further says the centre is "a peace building structure that was created to supervise, organise ex-combattants from the anglophone crisis and the war against Boko Haram"

The centre has graduated some 32 ex fighters who have been reintegrated into the society

Prefects of the centre promise to uphold the virtues of the Republic of Cameroon

Gabsa Sixtus used the outing of the Mayor to announced that two surgical operations have been carried out in the centre. The centre has also received two new born babies, a boy and a girl

Reacting to the mission of the centre, the Mayor announced that the Bamenda II Council has entered a marriage with the centre and will henceforth support them on a regular basis

"I want to first of all congratulate them for adhering to the advice of the head of the state to drop their weapons and be reintegrated into the society. I know some of them personally and I will continue to support their stay in this centre" the Mayor noted

Mayor Chenwi Peter

While handing over a sum of 200,000 Francs to the ex-combattants, the Mayor prescribed discipline and respect of the rules and regulations that guide the centre from the fighters. He also cautioned them on the consumption of hard drugs

The ex-combattants have classes for those who did not go to school and also run a vocational centre for the acquisition of skills

The Divisional officer for Bamenda II, Nicholas Nkongho, announced that a more befitting structure to host more fighters who decide to drop their guns is under construction. He however reminded them to tell their friends to drop their weapons as progress and development is in a united Cameroon

The centre currently hosts 162 ex-combattants


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