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Bakassi Finally Fitted With FM Radio, Multimedia Centre 

By Divine Ntaryike Jr

CameroonPostline.com — Four years after Nigerian troops finally pulled out of Bakassi, formally acknowledging Cameroonian ownership of the resource-rich peninsula, residents remained cut off from the rest of the country in several domains. 

In the absence of radio and television signals emitted by state-run and private broadcasters, they heavily depended on Nigerian stations for news and entertainment.Elsewhere, access to modern information and communications tools like the internet remained a nightmare, discouraging civil servants transferred there from assuming their functions. 

But since early February 2012, the situation has witnessed a dramatic change.  Bakassi has been fitted with a community FM radio [FM 95.0] as well as a multimedia center.  The prefect for the Ndian Division, Peter TiehNdeh inaugurated both facilities on February 2, describing them as vital instrumentsto reaffirm Cameroon’s proprietorship of the territory it disputed for over 15 years with Nigeria.

According to the administrator who deputized for the Minister of Communications IssaTchiromaBakary, the radio will bring an end to frequent rumors and adulterated information that have frequently fanned friction and panic among dwellers on the peninsula with a predominant Nigerian population.

The erection of the radio and multimedia center gulped a total 100 million FCFA donated by the Japanese government, UNESCO, the Cameroon government as well as goodwill companies.  The radio will cover four of the five administrative subdivisions that make up Bakassi and both structures will be manned by technicians and animators trained by the state-run Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV, as well as a management team of 10 persons.

The mayor of the Isangele municipality, Caroline Mewanu seized the launch ceremony to shower praise on President Paul Biya who she described as the brain behind the accomplished project.  “The radio and multimedia center will reinforce national unity and integration, promote peace and sensitize our populations on the dangers diseases and so on.  We shall also use it to educate the people on income-generating activities and development in general,” she said.

On his part, the resident representative of UNESCO, Benoit Sosso hailed the achievements, calling for their judicious management to enable them fully play the role of opening up Bakassi to the world, and the world to Bakassi. 

 

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