The 2017 legislative year has ended in the upper and lower houses of parliament at the close of the third and last plenary session for the year.
Deliberations to mark the end of sessions at the Senate and the National Assembly took place this Wednesday, 13th December 2017 with calls for peace and unity.
At the Senate, the closing session was presided over by Senate President Marcel Niat Njifenji. He reminded senators of the key role they have to play in maintenance of peace and stability in Cameroon.
The head of the upper house of parliament in his closing remark revisited discussion highlighted by the:
– Examination and adoption of the 2018 state budget,
– A question and answer session,
– Defence of budgetary allocations by cabinet Ministers before the Budget and Finance Committee of the Senate.
The Senate President once again condemned the violent upheaval in the North West and South West regions of the country and urged Senators to be agents of peace and togetherness. He said the government shall not tolerate lawless zones in any part of the national territory.
He saluted the conduct of deliberation that led to the adoption of the finance bill, the state budget and five other bills on the legal and normative framework of the country.
Mr Marcel Niat Njifenji thanked officials of the lower house and government for their contribution to the success of the session. It was his fervent wish that government hastens the decentralisation process.
Some senators however regretted the fact that the Anglophone problem was not discussed despite the SDF senators’ demand.
The closing ceremony of the third ordinary session of the 2017 legislative years was attended by some top government officials, Members of Parliament and diplomats.
During the session, a minute of silence was observed in honour of the Secretary General of the National Assembly, Victor Eyene Ossomba who passed on to glory.
THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
At the lower house of Parliament, a similar event took place.
House Speaker, Hon Cavaye Yeguie Djibril enjoined the people’s representatives to remain patriotic and work with government to uphold peace and unity.
The executive was also invited to ensure the effective implementation of the 2018 finance law that has just been scrutinised and adopted by the National Assembly.
The House Speaker also called for a minute of silence in honour of the departed Victor Eyene Ossomba.
Lauding the Head of State’s commitment to address the social crisis in the English speaking regions, he added that security measures to restore total peace are being put in place.
Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril outlined the major activities that marked session dedicated to the examination and adoption of 4513.5 billion CFA Francs as 2018 budget.
The session was attended by the President of the Senate Marcel Niat Njifenji and a number of cabinet Ministers led by Prime Minister Head of Government, Philemon Yang.
The leader of the SDF Parliamentary group, Hon Joseph Badnazem noted that they attempted in vain to introduce discussions on the Anglophone crisis.
Ugly memories of include,
– The administrative bloc of the National Assembly ravaged by fire
– The SDF Parliamentary group’s interruption of the presentation of the Political, Economic, Cultural and Social Programme by the Head of Government
– SDF MPs disruptions to push the Anglophone crisis on the agenda
– CDU MP’s projectile that accidentally injured CPDM MP Hon. Wallang