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BCC Tasked to Improve On Revenue

Grand Councillors in session

Grand Councillors in session

Mezam Senior Divisional Officer Nguelle Nguelle Felix has called on Bamenda City Council (BCC) officials to improve on the revenue of the municipality to confirm its status as the third commercial centre of Cameroon after Douala and Yaoundé.

The SDO made the call on Thursday March 6, 2015 while supervising the 2014 administrative accounts session of the BCC. He remarked that the revenue in the management and administrative accounts of the City Council has been dropping with each passing year and that he wished to see BCC adopt an administrative account of over three billion francs one day.

 

Partial View of BCC-Mulang

Partial View of BCC-Mulang

In response, Vincent Ndumu Nji, Government Delegate to the BCC said the consecutive decrease over the years is as a result of the reduction of council taxes by 50% by the state and that the BCC will reach that threshold subsequently.

“I must say that the decrease is in relative terms but we understand that in 2014 with the increase on the price of fuel, some of the taxes were decreased by 50% that notwithstanding I think in 2015 we are going to concentrate on first of all having a certain budgetary discipline in terms of expenditure and then we put pressure on collection of taxes and all dues that are due for the city Council” he explained

He said he was confident that by the end of 2015 the city council will attain between 70 to 75% of its budget.

In a rare move the 18 grand councilors from both the CPDM and SDF parties unanimously voted the 2014  administrative and management accounts of the BCC which stood at FCFA  2 141 637 322 in revenue and FCFA 1 910 295 021 in expenditure with a carry forward of FCFA 231 342 301 frs.

The grand councilors however urged the government delegate to do all to reduce the debts of the council which stands at 201 883 844 frs.

A comparative look at the 2013 and 2014 accounts of the BCC shows that in 2013, the council budgeted for 3.2 billion, realized 2.3 billion that is 70% of its target as against 3.8 billion budgeted in 2014 and 2.1 billion realized representing 55.85 % and a total drop of 107 million or 4.7% drop in budget in 2014 over the 2013 budget.

In terms of expenditure, the BCC doled out 1.98 billion in 2013 representing 62.16% of the raised budget and only 1.91 billion in 2014 or 49.8 % of the amount rose signaling a drop of 68 million frs over the 2013 expenditure.

According to the accounts for 2014, 27.9% was investment budget which falls far short of the required 40% by law and a recurrent expenditure of 71.9% was considered to high prompting the grand councilors to call on the council executives to embark more on investment.

The major achievements in 2014 outlined in the delegate’s administrative account memorandum included the assurance of the smooth functioning of the City Council services, assurance of garbage collection, regular payment of staff emoluments and salaries, payments of debts owed suppliers and contractors, regular payment of taxes and social insurance dues, youth employment, regular payment of running expenses to the sub divisional councils, purchase of 15 garbage cans, continous repairs of some council heavy equipment amongst others.

The government delegate however acknowledged that the council’s achievements were meager due to the lack of liquidity and indebtedness. He also announced that he will be attending the administrative account sessions of the sub divisional councils in the days ahead.

by Abongwa Fozo in Bamenda