By Bakah Derick
Councilors of the Bamenda City Council have indicted Senators of the NW region and Mezam in particular for lack of accountability since assumption of office. Speaking at the Bamenda City board meeting Tuesday April 25, 2017 intended to discuss the management accounts of the Government Delegate, the councilors wandered why the senators have not been on the field to execute projects with the grants they collect from the assembly. According to Councilor Kaba Charles, if the Senators do not consider being accountable to the people, they should at least be to them (Councilors) who voted. He questioned rhetorically what they are doing with the grants which he assumed to be double that of Parliamentarians who rather seen more on the field.  The government delegate in handling the issue proposed that the Senators should be properly served invitation for sessions even for Sub Divisional Council session. He added that the substantive and their alternates should be served. Senator Achidi Achu, Senator Dr Fon Doh Gayongha of Bali Nyonga, Alternate Senator Regina Mundi and one other are those expected to answer the councilor’s worries.
Under the coordination of Councilor Achoba Paul as Protem Chairman, the city board members gave a 100% approval of the administrative and management accounts presented by the Government which witnessed an achievement rate of about 65% with a carry forward of over FCFA 160M. With a budget of just slightly above FCFA2bn, Ndumu Vincent Nji notes that in a city like Bamenda with over 800,000 people much still has to be done in a bit to raise the revenue of the City Council.
One of the reasons advanced for low revenue generation was the absence of tax drive at the close of last. The City board members blamed this on the lack of a special authorization from the SDO. The Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam who partially attended the meeting replied that the Councilors do not need a special authorization to carry out a tax drive. Songa Pierre Rene fired back at the councilor’s indictment stating that they should not shift their blames to him but rather go and sensitize their people. According to the Mezam administrative head, councilors must explain to their people that no taxes means no development. This is not however go well with the people’s representatives who argued that from past statistics forceful recovery or tax drive has always being a tool for reminder despite sensitization. The councilors who will praise City Council workers in services like those charged with revenue collection from building permits and movables councilors for a job well done as their sectors witnessed a significant increase noted that, tax payment is a civic responsibility which Bamenda city business actors know but added that just after the Labour Day the conservation will take place on how to improve on the collection. 
Ndumu Vincent Nji with the challenges however celebrates the realization of some project like the triennial contract to over FCFA400M, construction of culverts, box bridges and roads.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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