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New Councillors Trained On Roles, Responsibilities 

By Azore Opio
Newly elected councillors of Bangem municipality in Kupe Muanenguba Division, Monday, December 9, received training on “The Roles and Responsibilities of Locally Elected Officials”.
The training was to enable the newly-elected officials build their capacities to facilitate their effectiveness in executing their duties in the development of their constituencies.
“The training is timely as councillors are just beginning the current mandate and it will give them an opportunity to contribute meaningfully in all development processes of the council and in particular during the first budget process,” Charlie Mbonte, Team Leader of Municipal Development Counselling (MUDEC) Group, who facilitated the seminar, told The Post.
Coming on the heels of decentralisation, which Government is pursuing earnestly, the councillors received several aspects of the 2004 law on decentralisation as well as the Communal Development Plan (CDP).
The contents of the seminar included the legal framework of the Council within the context of decentralisation, the council budget process and the public investment budget, roles and responsibilities of Councillors, mayors and supervisory authorities, team building for effective council management, management of Council assets and contracts, the council micro-project scheme, conflict management, gender, resource mobilisation, good governance, relations with technical services and non-state actors.
The Councillors were provided guidance on the functioning of councils and partners as provided for in the 2004 decentralisation law laying down rules applicable to councils.
They also picked up valuable tips on their roles and responsibilities including those of mayors, committee chairpersons, council staff, Council supervisory authorities and council partners.
Cameroon has put in place several instruments designed to foster local development including: the elaboration of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), the enactment of the July 22, 2004 law on decentralisation, Vision 2035 which is to render the country emergent; unified in its diversity with the objective of attaining an economic growth of at least 10 percent per annum and the elaboration of CDPs in councils (except Subdivisional and City Councils).
Within the framework of decentralisation, therefore, local councils have been mandated to foster development in their municipalities in the domains of education, health, local economic development, social, cultural, sports and leisure.
Councillors are thus called upon to deliver basic services and essential infrastructure within their municipalities, particularly in social services such as health protection and care, education, water and sanitation, while empowering communities to seek fulfilment of their right to these services from councils.
They will also be expected to work as a team as well as to make constructive contributions as regards council planning, budgeting, implementation and follow-up.

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