By Kesah Princely Nfotoh
The President of the University of Buea students’ Association of Persons with disabilities, Mbuh Lucy, has called on the University of Buea administration to improve on the quality of inclusive education by making campus facilities accessible to all people with disabilities.
Mbuh also called on the administration to improve on the security of persons with disabilities amidst the crisis plaguing the country.
In view of the 26th edition of the International Day of Persons living with disabilities, Mbuh Lucy intimated that students with disabilities in the University of Buea have several challenges which the school’s administration is yet to address. According to her, fees exemption is one of the issues which need to be treated with some immediacy. As a representative of students with physical disabilities, the President pleaded with the competent authorities to respect the April 2010 Law on the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, which emphasizes that such persons be excluded from paying fees.
State universities like those of Bamenda, Dschang and Douala had already begun implementing the said law, whose text of application was released recently by Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Philemon Yang.
The now Level 400 President, a History major, also chided UB’s leadership for seemingly turning a blind eye to equip the school’s library to suit the needs of students with disabilities, as opposed to what the institution is doing for their non-challenged peers at the library.
The theme of this year’s international Day of Persons Living with Disabilities was, “Empowering persons with disabilities in ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” This theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development which is that of living no one behind. To President Lucy, the theme can only be feasible in the University of Buea, if the aforementioned challenges are redressed.