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Governor OKALIA gets to the field as re-unification works resume

During an extraordinary meeting held at the South West Delegation of Public Service and Administrative reforms on Wednesday September 18, 2013, the Local Organizing Committee boss, Governor Bernard OKALIA BILAI promised to proceed with a day-to-day follow-up visit to construction sites for deadline to be respected.

The Constitutional Council opens deliberations on pre-electoral disputes

Seventy Four cases were enlisted for hearing during a session that opens this morning at the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Registry yesterday at mid-day. As part of the pre-electoral disputes that open this morning for the legislative elections, the counsel of one of the petitioners wished to submit his client's appeal to abandon the proceedings against another political party in the Littoral Region. He was asked to submit his appeal during this morning session. In all, 74 cases were actually enlisted for hearing during today's session at the Supreme Court, sitting in lieu of the Constitutional Council. Many of these cases were submitted long after the time-limits prescribed to this effect, as could be seen on the poster at the entrance of the secretariat of the Registry. The “late submission” of these appeals should lead to their rejection by the high judges, as stated by a source from CT. The same source equally indicated several cases of discontinuance of proceedings already recorded and files that ought to be declared inadmissible on several grounds, the most regular, as specified by a court specialist in electoral matters, being the signing of appeals by parties' counsels.
Prominent among the political parties that abundantly manifested within the framework of today’s court session, is the "Union of socialist movements" (Ums). In fact, Pierre Kwemo's party, with 19 appeals submitted, is first. It is followed by the "Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun" (Mrc) of Maurice Kamto with 12 appeals filed. The Social Democratic Front (SDF) with 7 appeals comes third. 6 appeals were equally filed by CPDM militants, either against other parties or simply against the lists approved by their own party. Appeals most prominently included petitions to disqualify competing lists, to rehabilitate lists rejected by the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon (Elecam) and even to replace some of the candidates that caused the lists to be rejected. Some parties, like the MRC, merely expected an order by the Constitutional Council for Elections Cameroon to accept their lists of candidates.
The high court, for its part, was preparing to host today's session. Everything in the Court Registry, which is headed by Judge Appolinaire Koé Amougou, seemed to be ready, with workers preparing the big court room to host the event this morning. Some sub-optimal bulbs were being changed here and there, while the lawn outside was being mowed. Several political party officials, for one reason or the other, undertook the trip to the Supreme Court. This was the case of the Secretary-General of the National Union for Democracy and Progress (NUDP), Senator Pierre Flambeau Ngayap, Ums's Pierre Kwemo and Ernest Pekeuho Tchoffo of the "Bloc pour la Reconstruction et l’Indépendance Economique du Cameroun" (Bric). It is worth recalling that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 136 of Law No. 2012/001 of 19 April 2012 on the Electoral Code, as amended and supplemented by Law No. 2012/017 of 21 December 2012, the judgements that would be passed this morning shall be final.
Jean Francis BELIBI 

The Constitutional Council opens deliberations on pre-electoral disputes Decentralization and Resource Mobilization

This topic was at the core of the conference that ended activities organized to celebrate the 2nd African Decentralization Day.
This conference focused on the core theme of the celebrations organized at the end of the Second Edition of the African Day of Decentralization and Local Governance in Cameroon. "Council Areas and Citizen Participation in Local Development", this was the theme, last Friday in the Conference Hall of the Yaoundé City Council that brought together around Prof. Jean Emmanuel Pondi, university dons and representatives of civil society as well as services involved in the financing of the process. In the face of an impressive turn out comprising senior officials of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINATD), municipal authorities, media practitioners, men, women and students, the panel conducted deliberations on the issue of resources and citizen involvement for the success of decentralization. In an environment where there is an increasing need to develop local savings and where regional and local authorities increasingly rely on external resources, one of the panellists, Suzanne Nganè, Director of Archives and Cooperation at FEICOM, noted the need to take into account the specificities of each council area.
For her part, and according to the other participants, the quest for resources and development of local savings could be done based on each council wealth. Tourism, in the case of Cameroon, is thus one of the elements that should be fostered, even though Prof. Pondi noted the little interest shown by our councils to this sector, since they seem undoubtedly to be occupied with the search for solutions. "There is no poor council area", hammered out the university don, incidentally quoting the case of Switzerland, a country that does not produce a single cocoa bean, but that manufactures the world's most expensive chocolate. Everything, as rightly underscored, depends on the way council projects are financed. Prominent among the presentations, were the issues on the status of the Senate in the decentralization process, developed by Prof. Jean Claude Tcheuwa, as well as socio cultural values and citizen commitment addressed by Mme Christine Andela, who represented the civil society. Last Friday's conference was organized by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization.
Jean Francis BELIBI


Health centers, youth’s empowerment centers, schools, residential areas, solar energy installations, in short all services and facilities provided by government are not recognized or are rather inappropriately used by inhabitants of the Bakassi area.

August 14, 2013 was an important date in the history of Cameroon. Since then, focus has been on Bakassi and the ways to develop the petroleum rich Cameroonian territory. On a three days visit in the Ndian division, Bernard OKALIA BILAI seized the opportunity to express deep regret as regards the inappropriate use of administrative and public structures put in place by government to foster the socio-economic and political growth of the area.  
Over the years, government has invested hundreds of millions for the construction of educational facilities in the Bakassi peninsular. Few weeks after the final retrocession of Bakassi to the Cameroon’s state, local officials headed by Governor Bernard OKALIA BILAI went to the field to draw a plan of action which will serve in the long run in the development of that part of the country. It is in that respect that the ever first Regional Coordination, Administrative and Security meeting took place on August 27 and 28 in Isangele and Jabane respectively.
A delegation composed of the M.Ps, Senators, six Senior Divisional Officers of the region, twelve Regional Delegates, Mayors and traditional rulers of the Bakassi area headed by the Number one of the Region held a series of meetings to seek for ways to boost development projects of government. Governor OKALIA BILAI focused on the role of the population in developing their respective localities.  In Isangele, Jabane, Bamusso, Idabato, Bekumu, the message had the same pitch, every Ministry should deploy civil servants on the field to make good use of government facilities.  In this light, the Governor did not fail to call on all Regional Delegates present to take the necessary measures to make sure civil servants are transferred to Bakassi zone before the end of the year to enhance development.  “No unpatriotic behavior or laxity from civil servants posted to this area shall be tolerated henceforth. If administrators and the forces of law and order transferred to Bakassi can come and promote development where they have been assigned by the state, then teachers, medical doctors and Cameroonians from other domains can do same” he added. He emphasized on education, pointing out that many civil servants refuse to work in certain localities but yet complain that the country is not developed.
He pinpointed that before the end of the new academic year, every 63 constructed and rehabilitated primary Schools must be effectively used for the dissemination of knowledge. Adding that residential areas built in the area by government should be occupied by civil servants who have difficulties getting an accomodation.
The outbreak of measles
The population was reprimanded for failing to use new medical centres constructed and furnished by the Ministry of Health. The primitive inhabitants still rely on traditionally made drugs to treat diseases. The most recent outbreak of measles in the villages would have been very disastrous without the intrusion of the Delta Rapid Intervention Unit medical experts though the Ministry of Health has and continuous to invest millions for the construction and rehabilitation of health centers in the Ndian division. Electric generators were recently installed to resolve the problem of power failure. At present, the Regional Delegation of health is conscious of the need for vaccination coverage, that is why it has put in place a system of motivation for its personnel transferred to Bakassi. For the population to get used to modern medicine, the Governor has proposed that medical doctors be posted to each medical center. They will have as major role creating awareness on the new ways available to combat diseases.

Consolidation of peace and security
The immediate preoccupation of the Head of state is to consolidate peace and a harmonious coexistence. The Governor organized interactive sessions with traditional rulers of Idabato, Jabane, Bamuso, Isangele, Mundemba, to review security measures that have been adopted. The governor reminded the participants at the different meetings that only collaboration between traditional rulers, administrative authorities and forces of law and order will  bring tranquility once and for all in the camps. They were called upon to denounce any criminal act perpetrated by inhabitants and look forward for peace which is a prerequisite for development.
In Bamusso and Bekumu where acts of violence were recorded in the past, he said “administration is written, in case you have a complain, it should be done in writing and forwarded to an administrative authority. We shall no more tolerate acts of vandalism aimed at destabilizing government, for our main focus today is development”.

Tax or no tax in Bakassi
In an interview with the press on August 29, he denounced the behavior of unscrupulous civil servants who collect taxes from the local population on behalf of administration. He warned civil servants going about harassing the population over payment of taxes, “the issue of taxes is not a preoccupation for the moment. We want to create a save environment for government projects in Bakassi to go on smoothly. These projects will create job opportunities and later we will move to taxes and development. Infrastructures have been put in place to help the people on daily basis. We want to reassure the population that our main preoccupation is the maintenance of peace and security in the area”.

Christelle TELEWOU



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