Ayuk Edward Taku has taken over as Divisional Officer for Babessi Sub Division following his appointment by President Paul Biya through a presidential decree on the 6th of April 2016. Mr. Ayuk Edward Taku was formerly serving in the same capacity in Tombel Sub Division. The official commissioning ceremony was presided over by Mr. Valeri Norbert Kuella, Senior Divisional Officer for Ngoketunjia Division. In his welcome speech, the Lord Mayor of Babessi council presented a birth eye view of the Administrative Unit with four villages; Babungo, Baba I, Bangolan and Babessi with Babessi being the chief town. To the Mayor the main activity of the people is farming with maize and cassava as their main crop. Mr. Chou Issa Buba did not mince words when he said unequivocally that Bangolan chieftaincy crisis has gone out of hands. Speaking emotionally, the seasoned politician revealed that what so ever decision to be taken in near future should lay its foundation On the principle which the fathers of America made on 04th of July 1776 “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Mayor Chou Issa said “that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. But we cannot exercise our rights regardless of the neighbor next to whom we live, regardless of society, regardless of the state. If I have a right to live, I have the corresponding duty to let others live; to give me the benefit of an education is to imply that I will use that education for the common good; for nature expects mankind to share the duties of the public care”.
In his speech and a direct response to the Mayor, the Senior Divisional Officer for Ngoketunjia declared that the Fon of Bangolan is and remains Fon Chafah Isaac. He however acknowledged haven received a petition from a fraction of the village and revealed that the petition shall be studied carefully and the petitioner replied accordingly. Mr. Valeri Norbert Kuella regretted the fact that Babessi is faced with problems concerning the custody of their traditional heritage. The celebrated administrator took off time to give firm instructions to the newly appointed Divisional Officer to collaborate closely with hierarchy in the discharge of his duties. “You must certainly be aware that duty of command personnel are numerous and delicate for the general and it involves from day to day and from place to place with the fast changing society in which we live today with its political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the Android generation”. The S.D.O acknowledged what is an open secret in Babessi Sub Division, Chieftaincy crisis not only in Bangolan but tensions also rising in Baba I village and Babungo villages. “Chieftaincy problem in Bangolan, Baba I and Babungo shall demand your display of tack, firmness with the law guiding your actions”. However, he called on the newly appointed Divisional Office not to neglect any group or faction of the population wherever they belong. “Do not neglect or put aside a group or faction of the population wherever they are belonging. Listen to all without exception and then render your service to the people without fear or favour and naturally without discrimination for this reason you should be readily available not forgetting that in administration what is applicable in one zone may not be what is applicable in another zone”.
The newly appointed Divisional officer was born on the 12th of December 1965 in Ossing Village, Eyumojock Sub Division of Manyu Division. He attended Presbyterian Primary School Ossing, Government Technical College Mamfe and “Kuro” memorial high school Limbe. He is a holder of the FSLC, CAP in building construction, and G.C.E Advanced Level. He admitted into the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) in 1998 from where he graduated with a Diploma in General Administration in the year 2000. He is currently pursuing post graduate study at the University of Dschang and had a degree in Law in 2015. In his professional career, he entered the public service in 1988 and served as Chief of Bureau for State Agents and Contract Officials at the Governor’s Office Buea. 2001 – 2004 upon his graduation from ENAM, he served as Assistant Divisional Officer in Mbiame, Bui Division. 2004 – 2008 he served as Second Assistant Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division. 2008 – 2011 he served as Divisional Officer for Konbo-Abedimo Sub Division in Bakassi and 2011-2016 he served as Divisional Officer for Tombel Sub Division, a post he held until his appointed as Divisional Officer for Babessi Sub Division of Ngoketunjia Division. He is happily married and father of four children.
The occasion witnessed the presence of Fon Chafah Isaac who was making a public appearance in the midst controversy over the custody of the traditional heritage of the Bangolan People.
Chechuma Banla, an elite of Babessi village was also present and donated a computer and a multipurpose printer to the newly appointed Divisional Officer to help him grab the new communication technology with ease. To the donor, sensitive documents are supposed to be processed in the office and not in public places reason why he and some of his friends based abroad decided to donate the gadgets to the office.
CHECHUMA BANLA HANDING OVER GIFT TO NEWLY APPOINTED D.O
BY MBAH ISOFA
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