The Government Delegate to the Kumba City Council, Victor Nkelle Ngoh, has disclosed that the population of Kumba was deceived that it would receive street lights as part of reunification fallouts whereas contactors concerned did not carry out their job. Ngoh contends that news on the existence of some 598 street bulbs as a reunification gift from the Head of State to the people of Kumba aroused mixed feelings due to the nature of execution. He, however, says the situation is under control following a complaint he addressed to the Governor of the Southwest Region. In the following interview, Ngoh talks about the readiness of Kumba for the reunification celebration.
The Post: Mr. Government Delegate, you have been seen to be busy since morning, what’s happening?
Nkelle Ngoh: As you well know, we are preparing for the Reunification celebrations. We are expecting people to come to Kumba and at least spend a night here before going to Buea for the event. So, Kumba, as a junction town, has to be very clean. That is why you see that we are working to give it a facelift so that those visitors who would come will not regret spending a night in Kumba.
For how long will these clean-up campaigns last?
From now, it is a daily routine. Workers of the City Council will be allocated portions and they will be keeping them clean on a regular basis.
How prepared is Kumba for the reunification event?
We are very prepared; we have planned and everything is coming into fruition. The Senior Divisional Officer, who is the Chairman of the Divisional Organising Committee, has done everything to see that the various committees do their job. We are going to ensure that people from Kumba are transported free of charge to Buea and they would be given at least a meal and they will be provided with some water or something to drink.
What are some of the reunification fallouts for Kumba?
You know lights came as a special gift from the Head of State to the people of Kumba, but we are seeing that the contractors played some tricks. For about some few weeks now, if you have noticed in Kumba, there is blackout; there is irregular lighting; places are dark sometimes. So, we have complained to the Governor of the Southwest that we were deceived that we had lights and everybody was very happy with it. But at the end of the day, while the reunification celebration is coming nearer and nearer, lighting too is going away and that is why if you see around now a lot of work is being done to make sure that Kumba is lighted.
Ahead of that event, what message do you have for the people of Kumba?
I just want to say to my people that we will be in Buea and all of us will be with the Head of State. We will see him there in Buea and we will hear from him. To the people of Kumba, I love them so much and I love my City so much, and all of us will join and go to Buea.
If you are given the opportunity to address the Head of State, what would you tell him?
If I were given the opportunity, the Mbonge road stretch is really a thorn in my flesh. And if I were given the chance to talk, I will talk only on that Mbonge road because it is part of the national road network and people think that it is the duty of the Government Delegate. But it is not. If I am doing anything there, it is because I feel for the people of Kumba. It is not an obligation that I should be the one to do this road. Urban Affairs and Public Works are the people to do this road. So, I think that is my only cry. I think that in the days ahead, we are going to do something and wait for Government to intervene.
What memories do you have of reunification as somebody that grew in Kumba?
As a young man in Kumba, I learnt about the UPC having a stronghold in Fiango. I also learnt that it was the UPC that brought us together because they were the key fighters. That was what I learnt and again as a young man I learnt about late President Ahmadou Ahidjo, when he came to inaugurate the railway station as a mark of reunification between Kumba and the East. So, those are things I remember about reunification.
What do you make of the absence of reunification monuments in Kumba?
We don’t have because as a lot of things are improving, we cannot remember them. There are some houses and persons that survived reunification like Nfon V E Mukete. I think he can be of great assistance when it comes to information concerning it.
Interviewed by Maxcel Fokwen