NW Junior MPs To  Challenge Pressing Issues In Y’de

Junior Parliamentarians at the National Assemly

Children parliamentarians (Junior MPs) of the North West region have expressed their desire to put aside timidity when they meet with their peers in Yaoundé on the occasion of the 19th session of the Children Parliament. They made clear their intensions known on Friday 9th June in Bamenda at the North West Governor’s office during a farewell audience granted them by the secretary general at the North West Governor’s office Lanyuy Harry Ngwanyi.

The 19th Session of the Children Parliament would take central stage for ten days amidst activities for the commemoration of  the day of the African Child, observed under the theme “Culture of the patriotic spirit and mastery of the rush of young people towards information and Communication Technologies: A permanent challenge and a collective responsibility”.

 In accord with this theme, the youngsters, 16 in number representing the North West region would discuss on an inexhaustible range of issues related to patriotism, information and communication technologies, the rights and responsibility of a child and democratic practices.

Karen Mang Wung, junior Parliamentarian from Menchum said she would focus her participation on the misuse and abused of the media which is more for pleasure rather that studying “I would talk about the negative implications of ICTs on the youths. So many young people use ICTs to play games, watch pornographic movies, action films and download harmful images. They see ICTs just as a playing forum. They forget that useful knowledge can be gotten from ICTs

Zaid Abubakaris also from Menchum is concerned with the non-functional schools in the region “When I go to Yaoundé, I would tell the minister to put in more force in the campaign for back to school so that schools should resume. Another problem is that Furu-Awa situated in Menchum division is part of Cameroon but the people there are using the Nigerian currency instead of the Cameroonian currency

In a farewell address to the children parliamentarians, the Lanyuy Harry Ngwanyi cautioned them to be responsible and portray good behavior when they get to Yaounde. He stressed on patriotism and the use of social media “As you go for this session know that you are ambassadors of the North West. Discuss things that would bring about progress and development; that would lead to building the nation. Great nations in the world have been built by patriots. Patriots are those who believe in their country even in times of difficulties. Do not listen to people who tell you not to go to school because they are out to destroy what the nation has built. When it comes to the media, know that the media especially the social media is full of false and e the Governmisleading information so always sieve what is right from what is wrong by verifying from your teachers and parents so that you avoid anything that would lead you to crime”. he counseled

This is the first the Governor is receiving in audience the Junior MPs before they depart for Yaounde. This year’s youth parliament is the 19th session, and comes barely days to the commemoration of the day of the African Child on June 16.

Edouard Kengue, NW Regional Delegate of Social Affairs said the sixteen Junior MPs represent the seven divisions of the North West Region, two from each divisions and two athers by the International NGO Plan Cameroon to make up sixteen.

The Junior MPs the delegate said were selected on grounds of merit and from minority groups like children with disability, indigenous and minority groups and with gender equity in mind. These children would interact with their peers at the National level.  They would join 164 others from the other nine regions, making a total of 180 Junior Parliaments.

The Concept of Junior Parliament in Cameroon dates back to 1998. Now an annual tradition, it was an initiative of Head of States Paul Biya with the motive to ensure inclusive development among children. It offers children the opportunity to express their opinions on problems that concern them and national life.





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