BY DOH JAMES SONKEY
The Ministry of Higher Education has signed a framework agreement with Cameroon Telecommunications, CAMTEL. The deal was signed last September 8, 2020 in the conference room of the Ministry of Higher Education in Yaounde, by Minister of State and Chancellor of Academic Orders, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo and CAMTEL’s General Manager, Judith Yah Sunday epse Achidi Achu, in the presence of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng as well as Heads of National and International public university institutions in Cameroon.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister of State, Prof. Fame Ndongo underlined that the agreement aimed at providing electronic communication services to the 8 state universities, the Congo-Cameroon Interstate University in Sagmelima and the National Centre for the Supervision of the Interconnection Network (RIC) is part of a strategic methodical implementation of the digital aspect of the New University Governance prescribed by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya and put in place under the coordination of the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute.
The Higher Education boss added that the framework agreement will contribute to the fight against the spread of the Corona virus through distant learning and its social and economic effects on the Higher Education sub sector in the country.
He rejoiced that the agreement will speed up the modernisation of the national higher education system and the construction of 3rd generation Cameroon universities culminating on the E-National Higher Education Network, a presidential project aimed at facilitating students’ access to digital terminals, (50 000 PB-HEV) the putting in place in State Universities of material infrastructures (computer network and telecommunications, data centres) and immaterial (e-administration and e-learning) performance.
He said the COVID-19 Special Presidential Allocation to the Ministry of Higher Education took into consideration the two aspects above as FCFA 700 million will be used to render functional the Centres for the Development of Digital Universities in the 8 state universities and the Congo-Cameroon Inter-State University while FCFA 2.500 000 000 enters into the framework agreement with CAMTEL.
On her part, CAMTEL’s GM, Judith Yah Sunday epse Achidi while expressing gratitude to the Minister of State for choosing the lone State telecommunications company for the deal promised that her team will provide the university institutions with very high speed internet band and best services for universities interconnection.