Transfer of Competencies Discussed at January Cabinet Meeting

Prime Minister – Head of Government Joseph Dion Ngute has called for an acceleration of measures to ensure the functioning of the 3 state universities created by the President of the Republic on the 5th of this month.

He made the call in Yaounde while chairing the first cabinet for the year 2022.

The session equally examined the transfer of competences to councils and regions as well as measures to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first concern of the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister – Head of Government Joseph Dion Ngute, was to know the steps taken to ensure the setting up and functioning of the 3 state universities created by the President of the Republic.

The Minister of State for Higher Education, Jacques fame Ndongo said the 25 institutions of higher education earmark for the 3 universities include schools which are already functional such as; ENS Bertoua, Higher technical teacher training college Ebolowa and the faculty of medical and biomedical sciences of Garoua.

He said these schools together with the annex faculties of different state universities found in the 3 regions, shall form the bedrock of the universities of Bertoua, Ebolowa and Garoua.

Minister of State Jacques fame Ndongo said all the newly created institutions in the 3 universities are expected to function by 2023-2024 academic year. He added that all 3 universities dispose of sufficient land and basic infrastructure to kickoff their activities which shall accelerated once rectors are appointed.

The cabinet meeting equally dwelt on the transfer of competences to regions and councils.

The Minister of Decentralization and Local Development, Georges Elanga Obam said significant progress is being made.

He said 20 Ministries have to be transferred, 19 have prepared their text and the Head of State has already signed four and the others are on course.

Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute and members of cabinet equally examined the functioning of covid 19 control measures setup win collaboration with CAF such as the health pass, vaccination and testing around AFCON sites and facilities also.

The Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie said the measures are being applied without major hitches.

Current COVID-19 Figures

As of January 19, Cameroon counts 1 429 active cases

– 129 inpatients with 44 on oxygen
– 116 718 confirmed cases
– 1 880 deaths
-113 409 recoveries (96.9%)
– 875 544 people received at least one dose of vaccine (6.3% of the target population)
– 4 338 health care workers infected with 61 deaths
– 757 pregnant women infected with 7 deaths
– No vaccinated case among the inpatients on oxygen
– Case fatality rate: 1.6%
– Severity rate: 3.1% 2/2
Source : COUSP

Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute called for an acceleration of the setting up of the 3 new state universities and the devolution of competencies to councils. He equally called for the tight control of anti COVID-19 measures in all five host cities of the AFCON.

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