The Cameroon government on the instructions of the president of the Republic, Paul Biya has announced the recruitment of 500 translators and interpreters into the public service. The decision according to state officials is one of the measures adopted by the president to resolve the crisis currently plaguing the North West and South West Regions of the country.

The Secretary of of State, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh through a correspondence to the Secretary General at the Prime Minister’s Office on the November 20, 2019 announced this intention of the government.

The President of the Republic, Paul Biya said on his official Facebook and tweeter page on Wednesday that the recruitment of translators and interpreters is in accordance with the recommendations of the Yaounde October 4 Major National Dialogue.

“I HAVE JUST ORDERED A SPECIAL RECRUITMENT OF FIVE HUNDRED (500) TRANSLATORS AND TRANSLATORS-INTERPRETERS INTO THE PUBLIC SERVICE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GREAT NATIONAL DIALOGUE,” says the president on his Facebook page.

“Special recruitment of 500 translators and translators-interpreters into the public service in accordance with the recommendations of the Major National Dialogue,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

In his correspondence to the Prime Minister’s office Ferdinard Ngoh Ngoh reveals that a special recruitment of 500 translators and translator interpreters into the public service within five years will begin next year 2020, but no specific date of commencement was mentioned.

It can be recalled that the Rapporteur of the Major National Dialogue, Felix Mbayu proposed some recommendations to the government that can help resolve the crisis. Among others he mentioned

“Granting a special status to the North West and South West Regions, in conformity with Section 62 Sub 2 of the Constitution;

“Taking specific measures to ensure equality of English and French in all aspects of national life; reinforce the autonomy of Decentralised Local Entities; improve upon the infrastructure of judicial services throughout the country;

“Strengthen the Humanitarian Assistance Program to better serve internally displaced persons; Institute a special plan to reconstruct the conflict affected areas; popularise the Head of State’s offer of amnesty to combatants who drop their weapons and enter the reintegration process; and, create a team responsible for mediation with radicalised members of our Diaspora.”