Members of the NCPBM met in their first semester session of the Commission for the 2019 financial year, at the NCPBM head office in Yaoundé, on the 31st of January, 2019.
The President of the NCPBM cited the Head of State, who on different recent occasions of recent said Bilingualism will be fast tracked, that the consolidation of peace, national Unity and living together should be a major concern, and that the Linguistic and Social diversity of Cameroon is one of its major assets.
In this light, the President of the NCPBM called on the members to fully contribute in accelerating the missions of the Commission, for more visible results in the eyes of the population, which is manifesting impatience, not only to feel the presence of the Commission, but also to have palpable results in their environment.
For this to happen certain actions are expected to be carried out, as suggested by the Commission Members in their working groups. These include: the setting up of regional branches of the Commission, the continuation of the “ listen- to- the- people’s mission”, the elaboration of a law on the protection of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, the organisation of a National appeasement dialogue, and the institution of an annual conference on Bilingualism and Multiculturalism amongst others.
Talking to reporters later, the President of the NCPBM, Peter MAFANY MUSONGE outlined some of the achievements of the Commission in 18 months. These are: the visit to some high institutions of the State (Senate, National Assembly, Prime minister’s office etc.), and the listen to the people’s tour to the South-West and North-West, with reports on the outcome forwarded to the Head of State. The Commission also visited 37 ministries and 28 public establishment and state corporations, to evaluate the practice of bilingualism as provided for by the constitution which makes English and French two official languages of equal status among other activities.
The session ended on a satisfactory note, with members determined to make 2019 a turning point in the history of the Commission.