UBa Staff For More Security On Bda-Bambili Road As Drivers Want Fewer

UBa VC Theresia Nkou during a public ceremony

Lecturers and staff of UBa are on a sit down strike action as from today to protest the high insecurity on the road to the university from Bamenda and on the campus. The action to draw the attention of the authorities and the general public was agreed upon by the Executive Committee of the university. The action to press the NW administration to improve security on the road will last two days

This follows recent attempts to kidnap some staff of the institution. There was an assassination attempt on the life of Prof. Tata Simon Ngeng, director of studies at the Higher Teachers Training College of December 3, 2019 and the abduction of Dr Ngoh Hycinth, head of division for Administration and Finance of the same college.

The University community had earlier been assured of their security during a meeting with the administration of the region chaired by the governor on November 29, 2019 held on the campus of the university. But according to a release announcing the strike by the UBa Executive Committee, these assurances have not been met. It was agreed during that meeting that permanent security checks would be deployed at the Apostolic Junction, Bambui-Bambili C Bend and on campus.

 It should also be noted the demand for more security control on the road from Bamenda to Bambili is conflicting with that of cab drivers who want fewer security control. Earlier drivers plying the road and the Bamenda-Bali-Batibo road went on strike to protest against the numerous controls on these roads. They decried what they term harassment and extortion by security men. These control they say is what forced the transport fare to hike from 500 to 700 to 1000 frs for a drop from town to Bambili. Many students have complained against the fare and are planning to table a complaint against the many security check points on the road with the university authorities.

By Bathsheba Everdine

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