North West Fons scheme to raise Funds for Secretariat

The newly elected executive of the Northwest Fons’ Union (NOWEFU) have planned a grand fund raising ceremony on April 28th 2012 to hold at the Bamenda Congress Hall.

Fon Teche  Njei of Ngemuwah NOWEFU president general  seems to be on track to reverse the negative image that has been associated with the Union for the past four Years. Last April 6th, the Fons meet behind closed doors in Babalang to discuss on the upcoming fund raising expected to raise funds to complete the Fons secretariat at Nkwen. Sources close to Fon Teche says he is obsessed with the project as an accomplishment over his predecessor Fon Aneng of Bafmeng who left office without even convening an exco meeting or anything to show off in the  coffers of the Union or in his pockets as Fon Chafah did.

The fund raising has been placed under the distinguish patronage of the head of state Paul Biya. A letter has reportedly been address to the head of state by the executive of NOWEFU thanking him for appointing northwest sons like Fru Jonathan, Shey Jones Yembe and Awah Augustine to key positions in government and also addresses a motion of support to Mr Biya pledging their unalloyed support at all times to him. Many observer have seen this as a careful ploy to lure the head of state to sent a representative as fons of fons and head of state to the ceremony with a loaded suitcase.

But doubts still linger as to whether the said fund raising would achieve it desire goal. The fons of the Northwest are going into the ceremony very divided.

The suspension of Nico Halle as Ntumfor is still polarizing the fons. There are many who still think Fon Chafah acted unilaterally and unconstitutionally by suspending him and would want him reinstated.

Another bone of contention is the appointment of Simon Achidi Achu as adviser and his wife Achidi Judith as  Mafor by NOWEFU’s president  Fon Tache (his close friend)

Neutral fons also fear that With fon Tache a central Committee Member of the CPDM as president, the union would more and more become a stooge of the CPDM. Some see the coming of Achidi Achu and the eminent announcement of  Fru Jonathan  as Ntumfor as clear indications of things still to come. These group still see the invisible hand of Fon Chafah in the affairs of NOWEFU and believe he is using it as a stepping stone to a ministerial position.

There are rumours circulating around town that a group of fons are already thinking of creating a new association. The big fons (Bali, Mankon, Bafut, Banso and Kom) are becoming weary of smaller fons bossing over them and dragging their reputation into mud and would like some constitutional changes.


by Emmanuel Ako

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