- Category: News
- Published on 03 September 2013
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”.