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Cameroonian Chevening Scholars Mark 100 Days To London Olympics 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai — Members of the Cameroon Chevening Association, CAMCHEV, April 18, marked 100 days to the launch of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27.

CAMCHEV organised a 100-metre race as part of their own contribution to marking 100 days to the London Olympics at the Lycée General Leclerc in Yaounde. 

Members of CAMSHEV are Cameroonians who have benefited from the Chevening Scholarship scheme to study in the UK. The scheme offers training in diverse professional fields.

The April 18 event, which also had some officials of the British High Commission in Yaounde in attendance, was in line with the activities of an action plan of the association for 2012, adopted at its April 14 general assembly meeting that held at the National Advanced School of Public Works in Yaounde.

In a press release highlighting deliberations at the meeting and signed by its President General, Prof. George E. Nkeng, the CAMCHEV executive committee was tasked to follow up to fruition the [official] declaration of the association by the Mfoundi administration as well as execute resolutions on membership fees and annual contributions. Members also agreed to participate in local events marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Party on June 7, including the lighting of beacons to commemorate her diamond jubilee on the throne. In that respect, CAMCHEV would be organising an essay writing competition for Cameroonians aged between 14 and 16 for which prizes would be awarded to the best three.

Possibilities of liaising with other Chevening associations, according to the release, would be pursued.

Meanwhile, discussion on fighting corruption in collaboration with the National Anti-Corruption Commission, CONAC, and the British High Commission will receive in-depth attention at next CAMCHEV elective general assembly slated for mid-November 2012.

From the activity report presented by the Secretary General, Ephraim Banda Ghogomu, it was disclosed that CAMCHEV’s adopted revised statute has been published and a postal address procured for the association. Given that there are about 110 Chevening alumni in Cameroon, Ghogomu pleaded with members to help the secretariat with information to complete and update the directory of the association.

Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Nkeng blamed the relative inaction of the executive committee to the rather charged national agenda involving many members. He however called on all to cooperate so that the association goes more active and visible than before.

He hailed the British High Commission in Cameroon for their presence at the association’s general assembly. Appreciating high quality deliberations and the action plan adopted, Prof. Nkeng admonished alumni to work together in order to succeed and justify the commitment of the British High Commission to the association and the sacrifice the British people continue to make for Cameroonians through the Chevening scheme.

On his part, the Deputy British High Commissioner, Timothy Fisher, talked of the close links between Chevening and them, noting that the High Commission is involved and engaged with Chevening, in pursuit of self development which is a priced value of theirs. He announced that, despite budget constraints and the change of management of the scheme from the British Council to the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Manchester, the High Commission has succeeded to secure Cameroon’s current quota of Chevening funding.

Fisher challenged CAMCHEV to get active and visible. He called on the association to stay in contact with the High Commission through the diplomatic mission’s Press and Public Affairs Officer, Mireille Djob, so that they work together.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01338

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