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Former Kumba Mayors Retarded Development – Gov 

By Maxcel Fokwen — Kumba City Council Government Delegate, Victor Nkelle Ngoh, has said the former Mayors of Kumba I, II and III Councils were not development-oriented. The Government Delegate was speaking, Tuesday, January 14, during the budgetary session of the Kumba III Council, which held at Government Technical High School, GTHS, Kumba.

He saluted the development-oriented vision of the current three Mayors of Kumba I, II and III Council and declared his intention to work with newly elected SDF Mayors, to reverse the dwindling trends of development in the city. A local CPDM stalwart, Ngoh Nkelle, noted that he could not effectively collaborate with the former Mayors because they were not development-oriented.

“I didn’t see the former Council managers as being development-oriented. We argued about money for five years. We have a very great problem with finances. We are going to be having constant consultative talks with the sub-divisional councils and from now onwards we will see a new Kumba City.

I must tell you people the truth; I am greatly relieved,” Ngoh told the Councilors. Nkelle explained that Mayors and Government Delegates have the same vision, which is that of enhancing development. He disapproved of what he termed the public outcry in the whole city where the Government Delegate is being blamed for everything.

Appreciating the new SDF Mayors, the Municipal boss noted that with the kind of action plans emerging from them, he now sees Kumba having a new development trend. He hailed the Kumba III Council of John Kona that already has a plan of action for development barely a few months in office, whereas the former Mayors failed to do that in six years.

On quarterly subventions, the Government Delegate explained that additional council taxes makes available FCFA 15 million for the Subdivisional Councils; but noted that the City Council can only increase the amount depending on its financial situation. In reaction, Meme SDO, David Koulbout Aman, expressed delight at the Government Delegate’s comments, but called for a strict respect of the law so that development in Kumba will be reactivated.

It would be recalled that the last mandate comprising Samuel Takem Ndeme, Ferdinand Asapngu and Ekale Mukete as Mayors always resulted in deadlocks at City Council sessions.
In the meantime, The Post gathered that all the three SDF Mayors; John Kona Makia, Abel Ebako Ndoh and Martin Forcha Ndobengang alongside the District Chairpersons for Kumba I,II and III have jointly addressed a memorandum to the Government Delegate, suggesting directives on how they would govern Kumba for the next five years.

First published in The Post print edition no 01498

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