As Universities in Cameroon resume, every student is self-assured of a brand new laptop promised by the head of state Paul Biya.
We wish to recall the accord of the 27th of July 2016 signed by the minister of Higher Education on behalf of the state with the Chinese company Sichuan Telecom Construction Engineering Co. Ltd. This agreement was termed “e-National Higher Education” which was significantly aimed to deliver laptops to each University student in the state Universities.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea Dr. Nalova Nylonga’s statement, in an audio record, about Biya’s Laptop Gift has recently debunked the claim that each university was to benefit a laptop during the 2016/2017 academic year. The Vice Chancellor’s comment has quelled the enthusiasm of expectant university students.
Dr. Nalova Lyonga stated clearly in the voice interview that all of the laptops being awaited from China will not be released to students. Some shall be kept in the school library (School property) to better equip the University of Buea.
With this new revelation, it’s certain not all students will receive the laptops. At least the VC of the University of Buea has made it known how the institution plans to share its own quota of the bulk of laptops. Other Universities have not revealed how they intend to go about their sharing. But it is possible that the situation might just be the same for all the state universities.
It is also possible for one to think that there might be criteria against which potential beneficiaries of the laptops grant from Chinese company Sichuan Telecom Construction Engineering Co. Ltd will be judged to be suitable to take home one of the laptops. The only thing to do now is to wait for the arrival of the laptops and how they shall be distributed to the lucky few.
It should be recalled that the laptop project will cost FCFA 75 billion.