The illegal sales and occupation of state lands in Cameroon has featured prominently during discussions at the cabinet meeting for April 2022 in Yaoundé.
Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute chairing the meeting, called for the strict application of existing texts and strategies to prevent the illegal occupation and sale of state owned lands.
Preventing Illegal Occupation of State Land
The Minister of State Property, Surveys and Land Tenure, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, in his presentation indicated that national and state lands across the country are still subject to illegal occupation and sale with the complicity of some local authorities in violation of existing laws protecting them.
Cabinet members gathered round Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, brainstormed on strategies to stop the criminal practice.
Minister Henri Eyebe Ayissi, outlined that the path to take is clear; the banning the of document of transfer of customary rights over a piece of land as well as follow up and control amongst other envisaged measures.
Boosting Rural Electrification
The session equally examined ongoing efforts to boost rural electrification was also on the table for discussion at the cabinet meeting. Statistics from the Ministry of Water resources and Energy indicated that the rate of electricity supply in rural areas stands at only a 26% as against 90% in urban areas.
The Minister of Water Resources and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba presented ongoing projects to boost access to electricity in rural areas. He said there are real prospects of improving the situation of rural electrification in Cameroon. The Prime Minister called for a close follow up of rural electrification projects.
Evolution of the COVID 19 Pandemic
Cabinet members also discussed on the resurgence of the COVID 19 pandemic in some parts of the world as well as the cholera epidemic.
The situation in Cameroon remains under control. However, there are increasing calls for the strict application of Barrier measures as the disease is resurfacing in some parts of the world especially in countries that have trade exchanges with Cameroon.
Prime Minister Head of Government; Joseph Dion Ngute equally called for the continuation of the application of protection barrier measures against COVID 19 and containment measures against Cholera.