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MINDDEVEL in the NWR to assess the progress of decentralization
Georges ELANGA OBAM, Minister of Decentralization and Local Development has arrived the North-West for an official working visit within the framework of the 12th ordinary session of the North-West Regional Assembly.

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After the effective implementation of Regional Councils in January, 2021 in Cameroon, it was high time to evaluate the path covered by the decentralization process in the North-West Region, one of the grantees of additional powers through a special status.

During the two-days event that started on October 16th 2023, the minister inspected some significant projects. These include; construction sites of the Regional Agency for the Special Council Fund for Mutual Intervention known by its French acronym FEICOM, Regional Assembly head office and the Regional lodge where he laid the foundation stone. Then, he visited the science laboratory of GBHS Bamendakwe equipped by the Regional Assembly. The afternoon was devoted to the visit of some achievements of the City Council. These were the water borehole and the electric generator at the Bamenda Regional Hospital. 

Speaking during the working session led by Professor FRU ANGWAFOR III and in the presence of the Representative of State, Governor Adolphe LELE LAFRIQUE, the minister acknowledged the effective take off of the code on decentralization all over the seven divisions of the North-West Region. Despite some financial and human resources constraints, the decentralization process is bearing fruits as concerns the improvement of the living conditions of communities, beneficiaries of the devolved powers.

Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Headquarters of the NWRA

While congratulating the North West Regional Assembly, Minister ELANGA OBAM called on to make the outcomes of its Community Driven Peace and Development Initiative known so that the rest of the Regions could use this as a model. He was equally delighted to notice that the regional administration strongly and visibly supports activities carried out by Regional and Local Authorities for an effective implementation of Decentralization. 

Later, the boss of Decentralization urged the stakeholders to take ownership of the special status in order to make the Regional development plan a reality :  “We must therefore seize every opportunity to make the special status a reality. It is not the State who is going to come from Yaounde and give the contents to the special status... So stop asking where is the special status, it is us here

By Eudoxie KOMLAYO, North-West Region

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