Decentralisation: Regional Council Elections and the Shaping of a new Cameroon
The holding of the first ever regional council election has sparked renewed hope of the shaping of a new Cameroon in line with the promise of President Paul Biya in an address to the nation on December 31,2019.
Then, President Paul Biya announced that the year 2020 will be dedicated to the building of a new Cameroon. This was probably inspired by the groundbreaking resolutions of the major national dialogue.
Since January 2020, the President of the Republic has engaged concrete actions geared towards building the new Cameroon he promised.
President Paul Biya has recurrently initiated projects and reforms to give the nation a new impetus with interest in devolving powers to the local communities.
President Biya’s dream in building of a new Cameroon will therefore mean concentrating state energy and resources in focusing on region by region, division by division but while respecting the simultaneous nature of execution.
The crisis in the North West and South West regions has gained the full attention of the Head of State. To this effect, measures largely based on recommendations of the major national dialogue have been launched while others are being implemented.
Following recommendations at the Major National Dialogue, much was expected to change in the socioeconomic, judiciary and educational domains across the two English-Speaking regions.
Quite a few recommendations have been fully implemented while a good number of suggestions are currently under execution.
So far, key actions taken in the right direction include; the recruitment and absorption into the judiciary of the first batch of common law trained magistrates, the creation of a common law section at ENAM and at the Supreme Court, the special recruitment of 500 translators and translators-interpreter into the civil service, the promulgation of the law on official languages and that on the general code of decentralized authorities, the Presidential plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the North West and South West regions, PPRD, transformation of CEFAM into a National School of Local Administration, NASLA, the disarmament commission with centres in Buea and Bamenda, and the list is long.
Following up with Dialogue recommendations
The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, recently chaired an inaugural meeting of the committee created in March this year to follow up the implementations of the major national dialogue.
Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute while opening discussions in Yaounde Thursday stated that, the meeting was holding on the instructions of the president of the republic to ensure the North West and South West regions are revived.
The gathering came one year the historic major national dialogue. Given that far reaching recommendations were arrived at during this national come together, much in terms of implementation was expected to ensue in order to give meaning to the quest for peace.
The implementation of the dialogue recommendations has remained steady since October 2019 to till now. The granting of a Special Status has come to edify and solidify the overall impact and essence of maintaining the country’s diversity in unity.
The eight other regions are also in the spirit of facelift. Numerous projects have been earmarked ranging from roads, construction of referral hospitals, expansion of educational infrastructure and the list is long.
Political analysts say President Biya’s agenda in reshaping the country is step in the right direction that will reunite and strengthen the bond among Cameroonians.