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CAMASEJ Signs Strategic Partnership With LOYOC

by Atlantic Chronicles
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Achaleke Christian Leke and Viban Jude in warm handshake at signing of MoU

The Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists, CAMASEJ has signed a strategic partnership with Local Youth Corner, LOYOC a nongovernmental organisation.

The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU on January 29, 2024, in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé. In a joint statement, the duo said “The agreement, which is non-binding at law, affirms the intention of CAMASEJ and LOYOC to collaborate locally with a focus on achieving sustainable development in Cameroon, and will last for four years with the possibility of renewal”.

In a press statement, CAMASEJ and LOYOC said under the MoU, they shall jointly work towards achieving peace and prosperity in Cameroon through collaborative project design and implementation as well as staff exchanges.

CAMASEJ’s National President, Viban Jude who acted on behalf of CAMASEJ, said: “This is momentous, and we think this is the way to go. It is important to build bridges with partners who share our vision and who can help us to achieve our main objective – improve the professionalism of our members.”

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Achaleke Christian Leke and Viban Jude signing MoU

On his part, Achaleke Christian Leke, Executive Director of LOYOC, said he believes the MoU will drive growth for both organisations. “The media community remains a critical partner in sustaining peace. We feel this MoU is a huge step for the peace-building community in Cameroon. Working together with CAMASEJ is historic as it will serve as a platform to amplify peace and sustainable development of Cameroon. My team and I will spare no effort to make this transformative,” Achaleke said.

In their media outing, the two organisations maintained that none of them is expected to generate any direct profit from this MoU signed in Yaoundé on January 29.

CAMASEJ’s partner, LOYOC is a leading youth-led, non-profit, and non-governmental organisation created in 2002 to respond to the increase in the socio-political and economic challenges facing young people, such as unemployment, bad governance, gender-based violence, lack of quality education, poverty, corruption, the poor social justice system, and exclusion in the decision-making processes, which serve as push and pull factors to youth radicalisation, involvement in crime, violence, and conflict with the law.

CAMASEJ on its part is a not-for-profit socio-professional association that brings together journalists in Cameroon practising essentially in English. Created in 1992, the association aims at building a strong network that can help journalists improve on their trade, and protect them whenever and wherever need be.

The association develops and implements projects to better the well-being and productivity of its members and journalists across Cameroon. These projects are run by a group of independent experts who are recruited with competence in project and financial management, monitoring and evaluation as well as operations.

By Andrew Nsoseka

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