Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons) is that part of the British Mandate territory of the Cameroons in West Africa. Since 1961 it has been illegally part of the Republic of Cameroon, where it makes up the Northwest Region and Southwest Region. Pressure groups since 1994 have been clamoring for independence and the Republic of Ambazonia was declared by the Southern Cameroons Peoples Organization (SCAPO) on 31 August 2006. Since then till now, many Southern Cameroons activists have been arrested and molested, others are still in detention while some are in for self-exile.
The Anglophone part of the country has been marginalized since joining the Union albeit illegally. Within the year’s so many pressure groups have developed to fight the injustice Anglophones faced in all facets of national life. A lot has been written about the Anglophone Problem and the marginalization of the people.
BaretaNews has come across a document addressed to the Presidency of the Republic demanding the government to pay oil royalties to Ndian Councils and to immediate tar the Kumba-Ekondo-Titi-Mundemba-Isangele-Akwa road. The Ndian people frowned that the area has been neglected a lot and with the takeover of Bakassi, nothing has changed. The new group warned that should the Government fail to act, they will be forced to go radical and copy the Niger Delta example in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The elites and youth within the area who petitioned the government are grumbling that oil is exploited from Ndian yet the place is undeveloped. There are no roads, no social amenities and there is no government attention to the area.
BaretaNews notes that Ndian currently has no KM of tarred road, the cost of living is very high. The people are bitter and frustrated. They claimed they have had enough of the Biya’s regime.
It should be recalled that SONARA which refines the oil tapped from Ndian pays its taxes to Douala and not Limbe. It has never had an Anglophone GM. It employs very few Anglophone as workers and Bassa is the daily language of use at the corporation. In fact, nobody knows how SONARA is managed. It still remains the private property of Paul Biya and its click
BaretaNews hopes the government listens to the worries of this new pressure group before we have another Delta scenario in Bakassi-Ndian area.
God is still saying something.