Buea (Fako)—The burden of paying retired council workers hitherto faced by most councils in the South West Province has been resolved, even if just for the time being. Beginning this month council pensioners are expected to smile given that Government has paid in CFA 311 million to the National Social Insurance Fund to permit retired council workers in the South West Province benefit from their pension regularly.
Announcing this to a cross section of council Mayors and Government
Delegates at the first provincial meeting of their Association in Buea
recently, Governor Ejake Mbonda frowned at what he described as
adverse practices observed in the daily management of some
councils and municipalities during the first eleven months.
very tense relations existed between some Mayors and
their Assistants, between them and the rest of the municipal
councillors or between them and their Secretaries General and above
all between Mayors and even the supervisory authority he said.
The Governor said such antagonism was caused by
personified or poor
management characterised by the embezzlement of council funds and the
creation of parallel structures for their collection The arbitrary
award of public contracts in some council areas was also the worry of
the Governor. It was in line with this that he told Mayors that
Government shall be merciless with those who shall be found guilty of
what he referred to as a
free and easy attitude towards the
management of council finances and property.
From the active participation of Mayors at the two-day meeting and their visible desire to better understand management and municipal administration, Governor Ejake promised to organise at least one training seminar every year for the Mayors and their collaborators.
More than 95 percent of the mayor population in the South West Province attended the pioneer session of the Association of Municipalities and Cities of Cameroon- AMCC, whose success owes a lot to the collaboration of the Local Council Service in the South West Governor's office.