PIB: Stake Holders To Speedup Execution Rate

PIB stake holders at the follow up meeting

The Chairman of the Follow up Committee for the Public Investment Budget(PIB), Wallang Richard has told stakeholders that development can only be realised through collective efforts and inclusion, adding that only this can speed up execution rate of projects in the Region.

He was speaking during the PIB follow up participatory meeting at MINEPAT hall, Bamenda on July 30th 2020. The meeting involved the different stakeholders concerned with the execution of projects in the Northwest Region.
“We are the ones to build our region, manna will not come from heaven, if it is inclusive and there is synergy we will build… With inclusive construction, we will do wonderful things” Hon. Wallang Richard said.

According to the Regional Delegate of MINEPAT Dominic Fotsop, over 559 projects have been allocated to the region but most of them have not taken off yet and he further called on all Mayors and elites to put hands togather in order to move foward. The delegate announced that 27.7 billion Frs CFA is set aside for council roads in the region.

The participatory follow up Committee decided to investigate and found out that, some state funds were unaccounted for.
The Regional Delegate of MINEPAT observed that “Public contract award procedure witness a drastic drop in award mechanism and the issue of transition came to question”.
“New Mayors had problems awarding their contracts” he said and asked that stakeholders should act as facilitators so that, carrying out their duties and executing projects will be at its best.

Mesaje council, is one of those areas cited not to have good roads, electricity ( with state funds allocated already) and has a falling bridge, which may cut itself from Donga Mantung centre, Nkambe.

“PIB 2019/2020 execution rate was found too low because of the crisis, but also due to lack of liquity in sooner cases.

In other projects, 9.5 billion was said to have been allocated for the electrification of some divisions and about 150 million Cfa for the rehabilitation of some schools in the northwest regions.

The deputy general manager of Edge Company, Njinjoh Victor, added that there should be a commission constantly on the field to do follow up. “In terms of poor Execution, once a project is awarded to a contractor, the control mission stays off the field without collaborating with the contactor. With the prescence of the control team, the job will be done within the norms required”

Fon of Balikumbat, Doh Gahnyamnyin observed that the blames for the none execution of projects are usually on separatists fighters and said stakeholders should refrain from such practices.
“The execution of Public Investment Budget faces difficulties with the new vote holders, it is important to take solidarity out of the room and allow them work than blame Separatists fighters for preventing work from being done” The Fon remarked.

The meeting ended with some prize a word ceremony to some companies that have been active on the ground. The award was finance by the participatory committee .

By Bathsheba Evardine

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