4, September 2016
Some three hundred children from Cameroon military families have received President Biya Back to School Assistance Package. The kids were predominantly from families whose dads or mums were killed in different operations in the war on terror. The donation comprising didactic materials and a financial package was handed over to the children by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo during a ceremony at the Military Head Quarters Brigade in Yaoundé.
The Ministers of Social Affairs, Pauline Nguele, the Minister of Basic Education, Youssouf Adidja Alim and the Minister of Secondary Education, Ernest Ngale Bibehe were also present to distribute the gifts to the children some as young as three years old. Some recipients wept for their loved ones; a woman standing by two children could not hold her tears as she recalled that her 26 year old son went to the Far North region to combat Boko Haram and never returned leaving her to fend for his young widow and two children.
Also speaking was an overwhelmed mother of three who said life has not been easy since the war against Boko Haram took her husband away. She revealed that the head of state gesture was a timely relief. The representative of the children made an emotionally word of gratitude to the Head of State.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo reassured the beneficiaries that apart from the donations, government intends to always provide for their needs. He urged the children to be hardworking, respectful and courageous in order to succeed in school and in life.