By Emmanuel F. Sanosi
After creating a second cycle for ENS Bambili and an Advanced Technical Teachers Training College for the English Sub-system, government has now given a green light for a student's residential quarters, a restaurant, pedagogic blocks and four amphi-theatres to be constructed in Bambili. But more is still being awaited.
while speaking to the press recently, the assistant director delegate of ENS Bambili, Dr Lukong Kenneth said the institution is ready not only to host the second cycle and the Technical Teachers College, but also a university.
At the technical level, Dr Lukong said they have put in place modalities and will use the equipment provided by the Canadian Government at GTHS Bamenda. He also said they will benefit from the assistance of lecturers of neighbouring private universities in Bamenda.
Dr Lukong added the creation of a second cycle for ENS Bambili and a Teachers Technical Training College are the first steps towards the creation of full-fledged university in Bamenda. "We do not have an Ecole Normale functioning independently without being attached to a university. So with the creation of a second cycle for ENS Bambili we are certain that a university will be granted us to host ENS."
He averred the Minister for Higher Education has done his job within his limit by creating the Technical Teachers College and a second cycle for ENS … "and now it's up to us to convince the Head of State that we are capable of accommodating a university."
He, however, pointed out that they are prepared for a university given the human and infrastructural resources they have at their disposal. He stated that specialised institutions like IRAD, the School of Agriculture, Dschang and CUSS antennas, surround the institution, "which gives you a full picture of our capabilities to host a full-fledged university."
He furthermore said they have recently embarked on pegging the university land, which is enough evidence that the university will be in Bambili and not elsewhere as is rumoured.