Maroua, Cameroon, Africa. (Cameroon News) – The execution of public investments in the Far North Region turns at 43 percent. The observation was made today in Maroua during the regional evaluation of finance controllers at the Far North Region.
The context is that of decentralization. The challenge remains that of meeting the basic needs of the population in sectors such as health, education and social amenities. In this regard, the councils have been rendered more competent with the transfer of resources within the ongoing decentralization process since 2010.
In three years councils in the Far North Region have received from the state coffers over 8 billion CFA Francs of resources transferred with the intention of improving healthcare services, providing medication and other facilities such as water and electricity.
Unfortunately the sector placed resources are yet to be felt. According to the regional financial controller for the Far North Region Solomon these transferred resources represent over 80 percent of public investments in the municipalities on the laxity of some mayors whose understanding of decentralization leaves much to be desired.
Barely a month to the end of the 2012 financial year, the execution of public investments in the Far North Region stands at 43 percent.
For the Senior Divisional Officer of Mayo-Sava, Friki Albert, who chaired the meeting in Maroua, the execution rate is low and stems on the poor execution of transferred resources by councils.
The problems include the late award of contracts and the non-communication of information when projects are executed.
There’s a call therefore to mayors to accelerate the execution of public investments as well as induce ameliorations in communication of information on executed projects.