Head of State’s Message to the Youth on the 54th Edition of the National Youth Day

  • My dear young compatriots,

Very recently, in my message to the Nation, I told you that the current seven-year term would be decisive. Of course, I was thinking about our achieving emerging economy status by 2035, which would validate the strides we have made in terms of democracy and economic and social progress. Well, I believe that the situation is proving me right.

There was a need to address, as a priority, the long-pending issue of implementation of decentralization. The Major National Dialogue paved the way for adoption, by Parliament, of the General Code of Regional and Local Authorities and a law which guarantees the use of English and French on an equal footing. Without delay, I promulgated these instruments into law.

Therefore, nothing stands in the way of their application any more. This is indeed a peaceful revolution that meets the aspirations of our fellow citizens to greater participation in the management of local affairs. Besides, the North-West and South-West Regions have been granted a special status with provisions reflecting their social and cultural specificities.

You may wonder why I dwell on an issue that does not specifically concern you. I do so for two reasons:

– Firstly, yours will be the maiden generation of youths to take advantage of the opportunities that will open up for those wishing to engage in the local governance sphere. I urge you to do so.

– Secondly, the new process of decentralization serves as an example. It proves that the problems related to development of our society can be resolved through consultation without resorting to violence.

  • My dear young compatriots,

I wish to underscore this point because there are far too many places worldwide – particularly in Africa – where violence wreaks suffering on the people. We do not want this to happen in Cameroon. Our goal remains to build a peaceful, democratic, just and prosperous society.

Accordingly, we will keep up efforts to achieve that goal by focusing on the development of our educational system.

Although its quality has attained an acceptable level, it will continue to be accorded special attention by the Government. For instance, in 2020, the budget allocations for all types of education combined, represent around one-seventh of public spending.

Young people with sound training and education will naturally be more likely to emerge as responsible citizens and find employment.

Finding employment, particularly for the youth, remains a cause for concern, because for the time being, there is mismatch between employment demand and supply. The Government and the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training are making every effort to provide solutions to this problem. The former through its recruitment into the public service and the army, and the latter through the implementation of various employment assistance programmes.

However, it must be acknowledged that though laudable, such efforts are unlikely to resolve a problem stemming from the fact that our economy does not generate enough jobs. This difficulty notwithstanding, it is gratifying to know that, according to statistics, slightly over 500 000 jobs were created last year in the modern sector of our economy.

The said sector’s current situation is attributable to the different crises witnessed over the last two decades. I mentioned this issue recently in my end-of-year message to the Nation.

In substance, I stated that our economic recovery was relatively satisfactory and that our growth was once again on the uptrend. However, I also stated that the global context remained uncertain and that we had to redouble our efforts to stay on the path of emergence.  Earlier, I had the opportunity to deplore our heavy dependence on the outside world and to suggest that we should reduce it.

Such is the meaning of our development policy which aims to modernize our agriculture, stimulate our industrialization, particularly by processing our agricultural and mineral commodities, and develop digital technology. This will enable us to reduce our imports, increase our exports and create new employment areas. It behoves you, my dear young compatriots, to take on this challenging task in the coming decades.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education will continue its activities to the benefit of youths in the areas of civic education and national integration, economic integration and implementation of the Three-Year Special Youth Plan. Such is the case with the Youth Connekt Cameroon initiative that was launched recently in Yaounde.

These various programmes concern several hundreds of thousands of young people.

Regarding our reasons for legitimate satisfaction, I will mention the victories scored by our young sportsmen and sportswomen on the world stage, which include:

– the 2nd Africa Cup of Nations trophy lifted by our Under-17 Men’s Football Team in April 2019;

– the 2nd African Women’s Volleyball Championship trophy won by our Women’s National Volleyball Team in July 2019; and

– the designation, in January 2020, of our Women’s National Football Team as the best women’s football team on the continent.

I believe that we can take pride in our young sportsmen and sportswomen through whom Cameroon’s flag is flying very   high.

  • My dear young compatriots,

Not too long ago, during a Council of Ministers meeting, I requested the Government to consider designing a national drug and alcohol abuse control plan. Such abuse had reached an alarming level among the Cameroonian youth. Once more, I am calling on the Government today to redouble its efforts to combat this scourge.

I also avail myself of the opportunity of this Youth Day celebration to, again, appeal to our young compatriots in the North-West and South-West Regions. Those who have allowed themselves to be lured into armed gangs and who continue to maintain a climate of insecurity in these two regions should lay down their weapons, like many who have already done so and who are living peacefully in our communities. Once again, I urge them to come out of the bush and rejoin their other fellow young citizens who are leading normal lives in our society.

  • My dear young compatriots,

I cannot conclude without mentioning a recent incident that has shocked our consciences: the murder, in Yaounde, of a young mathematics teacher by one of his students. This incredible act speaks volumes about the excesses of our modern societies.

I call on parents, the clergy and teachers to prevent, through their teachings, such acts from happening again. I also urge you to reflect on what has happened, to ponder its gravity and to resolve to never again commit such acts.

I take this opportunity to once more extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved parents.

  • My dear young compatriots,

Sixty years ago – when I was your age, Cameroon gained its independence. That had been the dream of the youth in those days and that dream came true.

The task ahead was huge. We were aware of this. It took a lot of effort, but also blood and tears, to get to where we are today. Generations of youth like you devoted their lives for us to get here. We have no reason to be ashamed of what they achieved.

Today, a large majority of Cameroonians can eat their fill, receive health care, enrol in primary and secondary schools and university, and have the right to express themselves and to vote freely.

Of course, much remains to be accomplished. We will do so together. Together, we will build the just and prosperous society to which we aspire.

  • My dear young compatriots,

For the good of our country, I need you.

Happy Youth Day!

Long live Cameroonian Youth! And

Long Live Cameroon!

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8 comments

  1. It is amazing how a crook indulges in self deceit and hoodwinking the country for 38 yrs. When a nation is so unfortunate to fall into the hands of such an uncaring and narcissistic ignoramus there are bound to be problems. Biya must be so beloved for this long that neither him nor his corrupt CPDM corporation would lose support. How ironic? “C’est pas qui veux mais qui peux” sums it all. Use the army and colonial ammunition with the support of the French government and kill your people.
    Sarkozy and Holland didn’t have your magic because in 1789 the French people brought down the Bastille fortress of King Louis XVI, no Frenchman would dare try the Biya tactics of amending the constitution & rigging to stay on for life. The French know it’s wrong but don’t care-“they’re Africans after all”.

  2. “I wish to underscore this point because there are far too many places worldwide – particularly in Africa – where violence wreaks suffering on the people. We do not want this to happen in Cameroon. Our goal remains to build a peaceful, democratic, just and prosperous society,” Paul Biya 2020.

    So according to Biya, the violence in the NW and SW is as yet to happen, if he is wishing this not to happen in Cameroon? The grand master of violence has suddenly distant himself from violence, decrying violence now that it is no longer a monopoly owned by lrc against her citizens. Biya ordered soldiers to turn their guns against the youth, shooting down peaceful protesters, from helicopters. Violence (the choicest weapon of dictators) begets violence and bad governance revolution.

    • Kumkum Pass Garrri

      Ernest,

      According to Biya the violence in the NW/SW has not reached the level of violence experienced in most African countries that have experienced war.

      It is true that the violence in the NW/SW has not reached the level of Tutsi Hut violence in Rwanda and Burundi. We know that Chris Anuz called for all French speaking people in the NW/SW to be killed! Thankfully God did not grant Chris Anuz his wish to make Cameroonians experience the level of violence that was seen in Burundi and Rwanda.

  3. So says the dirty evil minded octogenarian,who ordered his soldiers to fire live bullets at peaceful protesters from his hotel suite in Switzerland.
    We the people of NOSO have suffered for more than 50 years under ahidjos,and especially biyas regimes.it is time for us to be free,so reserve the lies telling for lrcs youths.
    More than enough of our innocent youths are being killed in cold blood by biya and lrc for them to know who the true enemy is.marginalization of our people is coming back to bite you in the butt,so forget the lies, and neither will decentralization move the needle an inch from our present position.the youths want total separation from lrc.the train for Ambazonian freedom already left the station with 99 percent of Amba youths onboard very ready to defend their frdm.

  4. In 2035 lrc will build space rockets, free elections, hard working citizens, so much money no need for bribe, Chinese will serve and clean for us, no need for lake Geneva we have lake Yaoundé. We will have world class cities roads, trains, taps with a choice of water, wine, beer, liquor and afofo. Yummy! Yummy! I cant wait for this 2035 when I will be 102 years old. Beginning to be tough to look at that face.

  5. Yes, we took out the lead shooter of the armored car. A careful sniper shot split opened his brains and splattered it on the face of Benjamin Itoe who was shacking in the armored car like a dry leaf. Another bullet tore through the armored car and took off the arm of the criminal woman accompanying them to go and rig elections.

    We are now at the new phase, OPERATION NSALAI 130-130. The objective of this is to supply 130 sniper rifles and 130 rocket launchers into GZ Ambazonia, 10 snipers and 10 rocket launchers for each of our 13 county. By the end of 2020, LRC will be begging to sit down and dialogue. Mark my words Biya and your enabling traitors like Sako and Anu. The time to pay for your corrupt sins is coming.

  6. The youths were fooled by this same Biya man, that he was going to support them
    in their bendskin business, since he saw them owning motorcycles for transportation
    business. Today, his dumb military, is engaged in burning down as many as their eyes
    can see. Many who engaged in this bendskin thing, have been killed. So, what is the
    butcher at Etoudi saying above?
    Unfortunately for Biya / co, only time shall pay them back. And it is around the corner.

  7. Une fois de plus, Biya vient d’être battu à son propre jeu.

    Les forces de défense et de sécurité du Cameroun ont incendié des maisons et des magasins en AMBAZONIE. Nous avons la liste de ce qu’ils font en plus de leurs actes barbares.

    Ils pillent, ils brûlent, ils tuent, ils mangent des chiens, volent du bétail
    Pour se faire passer pour des Ambazoniens.
    Ils s’habillent en clochards dans les rues et cachent des armes.
    Ils infiltrent pour écouter ce qui se dit.
    Les fonctionnaires vivent dans le chantage permanent
    Ils volent les pc, les téléphones et tout ce qu’ils trouvent.

    LA RIPOUBLIQUE thief our ressources, buy weapons with the money then come and kill us with the weapons from the money of our ressources way dem thiefam.La Ripoublique Voleur. Assassin. Bandit. NoBoDy can Accept crimes.

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