Territorial Administration : Regional Governors meet in Yaounde as year ends

The second semester conference of Cameroon’s Regional Governors opens this Monday 18th December 2017 in Yaoundé.

The conference that will be presided over by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Rene Emmanuel Sadi will focus on administration and security.

The Minister of External Relations and Minister of Defense are expected to make presentations on the socio-political situation in the country.

The conference which is the second and last for the year 2017 has been organised at a time when the three northern regions ( Far North, North and Adamawa) are struggling to bounce back from Boko Haram terrorist incursions.

In the Far North, the most affected, the Multinational Joint Task Force, in conjunction with Cameroon’s defence and security forces, have sucessfully faced up with the terrorists.

These incursions that started in 2014 has had a crippling effect on the economy of the region.

This is so because government spending on defence and security has increased while revenue collection in the region has dropped.

In the East region home to thousands of refugees from the Central African Republic, sporadic attacks and abductions for ransom are reported regularly.

The Littoral, Centre and West regions are busy developing infrastructure for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The two English speaking regions (North West and South West) are yet to recover from the anglophone crisis that has slowed down the economy due to persistent ghost towns and the timid school attendance estimated 40% or less.

Besides economic and security issues, 2018 which begins in less than two weeks is an electoral year in Cameroon. To this regard, Administrative authorities will be expected to ensure a hitch free exercise in all ten regions.

During the three-day conference, the ten regional Governors will be edified on government’s political, economic and social programme for 2018. They will receive instruments on their specific contribution to emergence by 2035.

Elvis Teke

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