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FCFA 500M Imposed On Bamilekes In Boko Haram Fight 

By Joe Dinga Pefok

Bamileke elites in Douala are grumbling over a controversial plan adopted by a group of CPDM elite from the West Region to raise FCFA 500 million in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.
The West CPDM elites led by the President of the Senate, Marcel Niat Njifenji and the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the CPDM, Jean Nkuete, are demanding that the Region should stand out as the highest donor in support of the war efforts of the Cameroon armed forces in their fight against the Boko Haram insurgents.

According to them, it is incumbent on the West Region, whose son is the second personality in the country, and the other the second personality in the CPDM and the Region whose sons and daughters constitute the strongest economic and financial force in Cameroon to defend their economic dominance by contributing handsomely.
The Post gathered that Niat and Nkuete had earlier told elites of the West Region to contribute FCFA 700 million for the fight against Boko Haram but were opposed by others.
However, after heated debates, the duo set FCFA 500 million as the target.

Bamilekes based in Douala are arguing that the support of the war efforts is supposed to be voluntary and not compulsory. Most of them are arguing that they have already contributed their own quota in Douala, when the Governor of the Littoral Region, Joseph Beti Assomo, led a fund raising exercise in the Region for the same purpose.
The elite are also accusing Niat and Nkuete of trying to exploit Bamilekes to consolidate their positions at the Senate and the CPDM Central Committee respectively.

Mayors Task FCFA 100 Million
Of the FCFA 500 million that is expected to be raised, some 40 Mayors of CPDM-run Councils in the West Region have been tasked to contribute FCFA 100 million.
A few days back, the CPDM Newspaper, L’Action reported that Mayors of CPDM-run Councils in the West Region have contributed FCFA 100 million to support the fight against Boko Haram. The paper hinted that the money was raised through the Council support Fund, FEICOM.
However, The Post has learnt that during the April 27 meeting of CPDM Mayors of the West Region, while some Mayors like Fotso, Kadji Defosso and others who are wealthy business magnets could easily raise their own contributions, majority of the Mayors made it clear that they could not each raise the over FCFA 2,000,000 million which was demanded from each Mayor as contribution.

Mayors Indebt Council
Meanwhile, the Mayors who could not provide the over FCFA 2,000,000 that was required from them, ended up writing a correspondence to the General Manager of FEICOM, asking him to deduct FCFA 100 million from the amount of money (‘centimes additionales’) due the Councils this year.
FEICOM rapidly disbursed the money as demanded.

This transaction is not known by the population; rather, a false Impression is given to the population that the Mayors have raised FCFA 100 million to fight Boko Haram, whereas, the money is actually from the Council funds. This means that different municipalities have been deprived or robbed of development projects.

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