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Batibo Downsized 2018 Budget to Meet With Present Realities

Batibo Council Session

Councilors of the Batibo municipality have voted a budget of 623,031,492 Francs for the 2018  financial year, setting aside 56.1% for investment and the rest for recurrent spending. The budget witnesses a drop of 309, 390, 275 Frs in absolute terms (that is 33% reduction in relative terms) from the 2017 council budget that stood at 932,421,767 FCFA.

Speaking Wednesday, November 22 at the council hall, the mayor of, Tanjoh Friderick told the councilors that the budget is more realistic owing to the difficult times that the council area and the region at large find itself. He said the socio-economic and political climate characterized by ghost towns has greatly slowed business activities in the municipality.

The budget presented will however empower the various councilors to carryout projects in their constituencies to the tune of 350,000 francs in a scheme known as "small project big change". The councilors will also mobilise resources from common initiative groups, cultural associations and Non-governmental organisations for the realisation of these projects in the municipality.

The councilors’ committee report largely featured on the reallocation of projects earmarked and not executed in 2017 to the 2018 financial year. The council will function without an increase in the taxes currently enforce.

D.O of Batibo, encouraged the council to cause the Guzang Market to go operational twice a week so as to increase the revenue of the council. He also promised to lead a task force to recover taxes from recalcitrant businessmen.

The council session came on the backdrop of the PNDP rating of councils. Batibo council emerged 6th out of the 34 councils in the region, scoring a total of 33 on 50.

The Mayor promised that the council will continue to grow strong with the effective collaboration of the councilors. 

The council will increase the sizes of roads within the main town, open farm to market roads, construct markets and bridges. The council will also celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018 while organising the Anong Mount Race and a Holiday Championship. The Batibo Council is the richest in terms of revenue in Momo division.

The Batibo Council budgetary session was chaired by the D.O for Batibo in place of the SDO, Absolom Monono who was in Ngie Subdivision on the same day for his maiden socio-economic tour.

 

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis in Batibo

 

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