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Minister Says CEFAM Must Contribute In Decentralisation Process 

By Walter Wilson Nana & *Asue Asue Esaka — The Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, MINATD, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, has exhorted the Local Government Training Centre (CEFAM) to contribute towards decentralisation. The Minister was speaking during the graduation ceremony of 145 graduates from CEFAM, Friday, July 20 in Buea, Southwest Region.

Bilai, SW Governor and Sadi (C) with graduating students

Sadi said the local councils across the country must be part of the decentralisation process that the State has engaged itself into and so, the graduates from CEFAM must chip in their own contribution. He advised the management of CEFAM to admit and train ready Cameroonians, with the best quality training modules, who are warm about taking the country’s decentralisation practice to another level.

According to the MINATD boss, the decentralisation course is a complex issue, as seen in other countries but that of Cameroon is on a good footing. “We’ve to bring public services closer to the people and make the living conditions of Cameroonians better. Therefore, CEFAM is here to give that training. Let our council officials take this opportunity and build the capacity of their staff,” Sadi said.

He exhorted Mayors and Government Delegates to effectively put into use the graduates from CEFAM, while reminding the graduates to boost their councils and communities with the newfound knowledge in CEFAM. “Let the interest of your communities be at the fore of your activities. The Government has taken note of the worries raised by your spokesperson, especially your statutes in MINATD. The expected answers will be given,” Sadi told the graduates.

He said he was interested in knowing the difficulties faced by CEFAM so that Government can take the necessary measures and make the training better. CEFAM Director, Mathieu Hagbe, said the outgoing trainees, who came in 2010, via a competitive entrance examination, have received the necessary training, accompanied with the new modules that CEFAM has acquired.

Some of the new training modules he enumerated are; Legal Context of Decentralisation, Human Resource Management, Council Finance, Taxation and Accounting, Local Economic Development, Communication and ICT for Local Development. Hagbe reiterated their wish to stay on the decentralisation course, but he enjoined MINATD not to relent in strengthening the financial and material resources of his institution.

“There are many Cameroonians to be trained, so the necessary resources must be available,” he said. The outgoing Trainees Union President, Richard Esapa, expressed gratitude to the management of CEFAM for the quality of training they received, while praying that the evolution continues.

Esapa promised that the three batches on the go will live up to expectations and be profitable to their councils and communities. He was corroborated by the best all round trainee, Nicoline Mutangha Tamo, from Santa Council, Northwest Region.

“Now, my Mayor and the Secretary General will no longer be overloaded with work as before. I will be a relief to them and employ all the skills I have acquired from CEFAM. Let other Mayors train their staff. They will be a blessing to them and take local development forward,” she said.

The Government Delegate to the Kumba City Council, Victor Nkele Ngoh, subscribed to the aforementioned view on the necessity to recycle the council staff. “We’ve to develop the human resources, which are essential for the growth of our councils. Without capacity building, our councils can’t be focussed. CEFAM is the place and it is a privilege to be there,” he said.

Earlier, the Mayor of Buea, Charles Mbella Moki said the decentralisation progression in Cameroon should be expedited, following the updated training being offered at CEFAM. He told the graduates to reshape their councils and communities as they move out of CEFAM to the field.

The 145 graduates included the first batch of Cycle I Management of Technical and Social Services, the sixth batch of Cycle I General Administration, Finance and Treasury Management and the eighteenth batch of Cycle II of CEFAM Trainees.

CEFAM is a public establishment created by Presidential decree No. 77/494 of December 7 1977. The centre has three training cycles; I, II and III. The course duration lasts two academic years for Cycle I and II and three months for Cycle III.

*(National Polytechnic Bambui Journalism & Media Student On Internship)

First published in The Post print edition no. 01361

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