Prison terms of less than two years could be replaced by alternative forms of punishment defined by the legislature.
The Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Justice, Jean de Dieu Momo told Parliament this Friday, 28 June 2019.
He was speaking during a session dedicated to the control of government action by the legislative.
He used the example of the Upper Farms prison in Buea in the South West region where inmate on drilled to carried out community work that turns to generate revenue to the state.
He state the State Councils of all ten regions have been instructed to carry out a study based on the specificity of each region on the various forms of alternative punishment that it they can be codified and proposed to parliament.
During the session presided over by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril at two bills were also adopted.
The first bill is that to lay down the general framework for radiological nuclear safety, nuclear security and civil liability and safeguard enforcement.
The Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, Madelaine Tchuente defended the draft law in front of the people’s representatives.
She provided answers to questions raised by Members of parliament on control measures already in place and training avenues in the sector.
She said Cameroon has acquired equipments to survey radioactive materials throughout the country.
Workers who are exposed to radioactivity have also been provided with protective material and a meter to measure the level of exposure.
She added that the bill will enhance the implementation of related measures in line with international conventions that the country has signed.
She added Cameroon does uses radioactive and nuclear technology only for peaceful purposes and Cameroonians have various opportunities to fine-tune their studies in the domain.
The Minister also used the occasion to condemn that protests by some Cameroonians in Geneva where the President of the Republic is on a private trip.
The second bill that was adopted is that to authorise the President of the Republic to proceed with Cameroon’s accession to the agreement on the conservation of African – Eurasian migratory water birds (AEWA) signed on 15 August 1996 at the Hugue in the Netherlands.
The bill was defended by the Secretary of State in the Environment, Protection of nature and Sustainable Development.
The session was also highlighted by the elevation of the Member of Parliament for Nyong and Mfoumou, Honourable Roger Nkodo Ndang, the current President of the Pan African parliament with the medal of Commander of the Cameroon Orders of Valour.