Barely 24 hours after the Government of Cameroon unveiled an emergency humanitarian assistance plan for the crisis-stricken North West and South West Regions, elites have proceeded to launch the process.
Meeting at the Yaounde City Council Hall on Thursday, elites from the North West and South West Regions as well as members of government from other regions raised the sum of 236.452.000FCFA to kick start the 12 billion francs CFA operation which the government is seekeing to bring aid to the affected population.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang led the opening of the contributions with 4 million francs CFA, as some elites of the region followed with business tycoon Baba Danpullo contributing 50 million.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister chaired the fund-raising ceremony for humanitarian aid to the victims of the crisis in the North West and South West regions.
Other contributions came from Marcel Niat Njifenji, President of the Senate (5 million CFA francs), Cavaye Yeguié Djibril, President of the National Assembly (4 million CFA francs) and Philemon Yang, Prime Minister (4 million francs) CFA).
However, the Minister of External Relations Lejeune Mbella Mbella was embarassed at the quick timing of the event and said he had not been informed on time thus contributed an advance of 1 million CFA francs and promised to add 1.5 million CFA francs later.
Other members of the government, such as Jacques Fame Ndongo (Minesup), Madeleine Tchuente (Minresi) and Narcisse Mouelle Kombi (Minac), contributed 2 million CFA francs each.
The total sum contributed was handed over to the Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji who has been placed as the main coordinator of the operation.
The operation will continue in the days ahead as the various groups and persons will look to chip in their own finances to help the affected population in the Anglophone regions.