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Mayors Blamed For Stalling PNDP Projects 

By Chris Mbunwe — Mayors in the Northwest Region have admitted failure to mobilise their communities for phase two of the National Community Driven Development Programme, PNDP, projects.

Northwest Governor and a delegation from PNDP Yaounde were embarrassed recently in Bamenda with declarations from Mayors that they could not complete payment of community participation as their quota to enable take-off of the second phase of various PNDP projects.
Their failure to mobilise their communities to contribute their little quota prevented the communities from benefitting huge amounts from PNDP.

Addressing Mayors from the seven Divisions of the Region who started work with PNDP in 2009, Governor Aldophe Lele L’Afrique explained that within the framework of the second phase in the Northwest Region, 31 councils have already benefited from direct allocations for a target FCFA 2.8 billion, out of which FCFA 903.270.000 is already in council’s bank accounts.

“The programme reserves the right to suspend collaboration with the council, including the repatriation of the funds placed at its disposal for one of the following reasons: Unjustified non-utilisation of funds for more than six months, non respect of council engagements and non respect of procurement procedures, misuse of funds etc,” the Governor said.

The Governor said beneficiaries’ contribution, which is the first condition for the disbursement of the second and third instalments of funds for micro projects, was a major setback in the Region. While appealing to all and sundry to ensure the implementation of PNDP activities, he reminded the Mayors that, the non-mobilisation of council shared contributions will lead to the redeployment of funds allocated for the Northwest to other more dynamic councils”.

The Governor recalled that, recently, France and Cameroon signed the second “Contrat D’esendettement développement”, C2D, in which a total amount of FCFA 38 billion is destined to PNDP, within the framework of classical funding and agricultural investments. He urged them to respect the commitments they have with PNDP.

Earlier, the Regional Coordinator of the PNDP for the Northwest, Cyprian Sab, said PNDP, in its second phase (2010-2013), has signed financing agreements with some 31 councils in the Region worth over FCFA 700 million.

The activities contained in these agreements include, the elaboration of council development plans, the carrying out of feasibility studies for micro-projects, support for practical charges of council sessions extended to sector ministries and support to council agents etc.

Although PNDP provides funds through allocations, Sab said the PNDP is not a financial institution but a capacity building institution. The funds are used to put in practice the principles guiding decentralisation as well as the growth and employment strategy. Sab said, since 2010 the PNDP has helped councils in the Region to establish development plans for the next three years and carry out feasibility studies of selected projects among others.

He regretted that though councils were informed of the various stages, “The process is blocked today at the level of their contribution which is a condition for the signing of the second convention necessary for the launching of micro-projects. Out of the seven councils whose projects could have been launched next week, it is regrettable that only the Wum Council has paid its quota,” Sab declared.

He equally blamed the administration for deliberately delaying some processes in councils.
At the end of the seminar workshop, Mayors were given up to May ending to mobilise population for their quota to be paid so that the projects in domains of education, health, water supply, electrification, roads, markets, slaughter slabs and land improvements are launched in the first week of June.

The National Community Development Driven Programme was first launched in Cameroon in January 2004. During this phase of the programme (2004-2009) it carried out development activities in six regions of the country, Adamawa, Centre, Far North, North, South and West Regions. At the end of this phase, development projects carried out significantly improved the livelihood of the populations in these Regions. It then engaged the four other Regions in 2010.

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