The National Decentralisation Board has met in its first ordinary session since the holding of the Major National Dialogue and the promulgation into law of the General Code of Decentralisation and Local Authorities.
Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute while chairing the session, urged participants to contribute actively to the project that ushers in a new era in Cameroon.
The Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, Georges Elanga Obam explained the scope and innovations introduced by the code.
He gave a detailed presentation of the 501 articles of the code that is composed of seven books.
Financing of Decentralisation
Minister Georges Elanga Obam explained to members of the board that in the year 2020, the 15% financial package destined to Municipal and City Councils will not be available because the code was adopted after the finance bill for 2020 had already been voted in parliament.
He assured the members that government shall however be able to create finances for the councils making allusion to an eventual common budget.
Effectiveness of Special Status
Minister Georges Elanga Obam assured the Prime Minister and members the board that the Special Status for the North West and South West regions will go effective immediately after the February 9 twin municipal and legislative elections.
The elected representatives will be charged with its implementation.
The Prime Minister urge all members of the National Decentralisation Board to contribute their quota for the success of the implementation of the Code on Decentralisation and Local Authorities as spelt out by its initiator, the President of the Republic, Paul Biya.