16, June 2017
Five Francophone government ministers have appeared before members of the Upper House of Parliament to respond to questions on issues concerning their ministerial departments during a question and answer session on Wednesday the 14th of June 2017.
Questions concerning the poor treatment of girls in search of jobs in countries in the Middle East, Water management problem caused by climate change, the problem of land ownership in the Grand North, and Vodafone mobile telephone company in Cameroon were among concerns raised by the so-called Senators.
External Relations minister, Lejeune Mbella Mbella was the first Francophone member of government to mount the rostrum. Senator Eno Emma Lafon addressed the issue of trafficking and poor treatment of youths mostly young girls in the middle East, Asia and Europe who are searching for jobs.
The Minister said that the Biya Francophone government through its embassies, has established contact with authorities in Quatar and Saudi Arabia to control those leaving the country. He also pointed out that most of those who spearheaded trafficking networks have been arrested.
The Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation Magdalene Tchuente presented a submission on water shortage for Agricultural activities caused by climate change; a question that came from Senator V.E. Victor Mukete. She said her Ministry through IRAD has been handling the problem of water shortage and that research on new seeds used for Agriculture has been carried out.
The Vodafone Telecom network issue which some media reports have suggested was operating without a license was addressed to the Minister of Telecommunications, Minette Libom Lilikeng who simply revealed plans to put in place a stronger regulatory system.
The Grand North Region was also on the spot light where it has been reported that people acquire land without land titles. To this, the Minister of State Property and Land Tenure said efforts are being made to tackle the problem. The misappropriation of Public funds by Public accountants and efforts made by government to ensure that money is securely placed in State Treasury was handled by the Minister of Finance Alamine Ousmane Mey.
Culled from CRTV