Cameroonians nationwide will miss this year’s Labor day and National day celebration due to COVID-19.
The president of the Republic of Cameroon, H.E Paul Biya has ordered the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the labor and National day in Cameroon.
The reason for the cancellation is due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
The information was made public on Wednesday evening in a press release signed by Ferdinang Ngoh Ngoh, Minister of State, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic.
Both events cancellation comes just 24 hours after Minister of Defence Joseph Beti Assomo communicated to the public the theme of the 2020 National Unity Day.
With concentration on the COVID-19 killer pandemic, the theme reads ” United against the COVID-19 pandemic to resolutely steer Cameroon on the path of resilience, peace,stability and economic development.”
The president highlighted the need for social distancing during this pandemic.
Maintaining social distancing is the reason for the cancellation.
“Due to the pandemic of Coronavirus and of the need to respect the social distancing measures prescribed by the government of the Republic ” , reads the press release.
It should be noted that the words of the president in the release are specific.
It is not an absolute cancellation of the double event celebration.
As contained in the press release, it is the cancellation of ” public celebration” .
This gives an open opportunity for individuals and groups to acknowledge the double celebration in their various closets.
May 20 is a remarkable day of the history of Cameroon.
It is the National Day of Unity, where the two Cameroons (East and West Cameroon) became one under the administration of the first president of the country, Ahmadou Ahidjo.
Better still, the day is a commemoration of Ahidjo’s abolishment of the federal system of government in favor of a one united Cameroon.
This was done in 1972.