Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bamenda University: Lele Lafrique stops the teachers' strike

The academics said they would go on a three-week work stoppage

Following a short meeting on Friday morning between the North-West governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique and the teachers of the University of Bamenda, a strike action planned by the latter was suspended until further notice.

In a statement, academics said they would carry out a peaceful sit-in against security threats affecting the entire region and their careers. They announced a three-week work stoppage. 

On this occasion, Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique was on hand to calm angry and frightened academics, who received death threats and others attacked by armed separatist fighters. 

They are often attacked while traveling to Bambili University, Tubah Sub-Prefecture, as police are often deployed on campus to protect students and teachers, but few steps are being taken to secure the roads leading to the university or the risks that these teachers may face when returning from work.

Despite threats of insecurity weighing on Bamenda, the government insists that the academic and academic year is normally held in the region. Not long ago, the university's director of administrative affairs escaped death after being assaulted by separatists. 

Unidentified gunmen killed a professor of linguistics at the university last year after a bloody meeting between armed militants and separatists. Paul Kuban Mbufong was shot dead while working at the University of Bamenda.