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Honour Electoral Promises, SDO Tells Mayors 

By Francis Tim Mbom

CameroonPostline.com — Fako SDO, Zang III, has told Mayors that it is time for them to honour their electoral promises, which border on the provision of potable water and electricity and rehabilitation of roads, and so on. Zang was speaking as he rounded off the commissioning of Mayors recently, with that of Limbe I, II and III, Rodanny Mbua, Duncan Molindo Adapoe, and Isaac Inongo Dalle, respectively. The SDO cautioned against swindling of council funds.

“Council funds are public funds and, therefore, subject to control. So, I advise you all to make judicious use of them,” he said. The administrator, for instance, urged Limbe II Mayor to complete some projects that were pending during his last mandate, which include the completion of the Council Chambers and a low-cost housing project. 

Meanwhile, Mayor Dalle of Limbe III Council was challenged to prove his worth as a youthful leader. Dalle, 48, is the youngest of all the six Mayors in Fako and is President of YCPDM Fako I. He has always requested that the youth be given the opportunity to serve in leadership positions. The municipality he is taking over is lagging in terms of development and is a challenge for Dalle and his Councillors.

Thus the SDO called on the CDC and Limbe City Council to give a helping hand so that the new Mayor moves development to the people here. Due to the absence of certain basic necessities, like potable water and housing, most of the Councillors do not reside in the Municipality but in Limbe I and II. It was for this reason that the SDO ordered that the new Mayor must be resident in Limbe III.
In Limbe I without a council chambers, Zang III urged Mayor Mbua to pursue the construction of one so as to quit the premises of the former Limbe Urban Council. He was also told to ensure that the over 80,000 inhabitants in his jurisdiction are provided with adequate water and electricity, especially in neighbourhoods such as Mawoh, Motowo, Bakoko and Mabeta. The SDO also urged Mbua to reinforce cleanliness of the town as President Biya is awaited in the Region and is expected on Sunday, December 15 after schools close on Friday, December 13.

He would preside at the Re-unification celebrations in Buea on Monday, December 16 and return to Yaounde on Tuesday, December 17. These dates are, however, still to be confirmed.
In view of the fact that Limbe is co-host of the event, the SDO gave strict orders to all the Mayors to intensify the ongoing cleanliness campaigns in their various municipalities and ensure that all houses lining the streets are painted with the different colours, remove all abandoned vehicles and garbage by the roadsides and get the population ready for the visit.

Meantime, on behalf of the elite of Limbe III, Rev. Manfred Ekum exhorted the new Mayor to commit every act of his in prayers. “Mr. Mayor, your election gives us hope that a new dawn has come to Limbe III. We hope and pray that you will make a difference. Lean on to God who is the source of all strength. When the righteous are in power, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan,” he said.

Rev. Ekum criticised he chiefs of the area, whom he said have become a disgrace to their chiefdoms. Addressing the SDO, Rev. Ekum said: “The sale of land within our municipality and Fako as a whole has become a cause for concern. This move has made the morals of some of our chiefs to become deplorable. I pray you leave no stone unturned to bring order and decency among some of our traditional rulers.”

First published in The Post print edition no 01484

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