Njinikom: Councillors Unanimously Vote 2014 Administrative Account

Mayor Terence Chah presenting his accounts

Mayor Terence Chah presenting his accounts

The 25 Councillors of Njinikom Council in Boyo Division of the Northwest have unanimously adopted the 2014 Administrative account of 172 million of Mayor Terence Chah Bam, during a council session at the Town Hall Njinikom on Wednesday April 15, 2015.

Boyo SDO represented by the D.O for Njinkom, Bontang Justin promised closer collaboration with the council to ensure it continue to meet its target of developing the municipality. He called on the councilors to continue to work hard and support the mayor in his drive to transform Njinikom into a modern town.

SDO representative, D.O Bontang

SDO representative, D.O Bontang

The session was highlighted by the award and crowning of the council by the Watch Dog newspaper as the 3rd best council of 34 in the region in the provision of public service.

Dotta Ezekiel, publisher of the paper told the councilors that the “award of excellence” was in recognition of the great work they have been doing to render prompt basic services to the population by being available, attentive and proactive to their worries and in developing with community in mind.

Council executive with Watch Dog Award

Council executive with Watch Dog Award

The 2014 administrative and management accounts stood at FCFA 172, 016, 776 in revenue and FCFA 140, 423, 821 in expenditure and a positive carried forward of FCFA 31, 592, 955 into 2015, witnessing a 17 million Frs increase from the 2013 administrative account.

Acknowledging the difficult financial situation the council finds itself in, Mayor Chah said “the year started timidly and with the meager financial resources at our disposal” but said the council was able to achieve several projects which included the lightening of the town from the Njinikom hospital to the Elecam head office, supply of medical equipment with drugs to the Mbueni Health Centre, construction of modern toilets at the entrance to the main market, and at the Njinikom cultural centre, construction of a giant and magnificent grandstand, opening of gutters and roads, paving of the main entrance into the market, constructions of two classrooms at G.S Ijim, donations of benches and didactic materials to primary schools, assistance to women and youth groups, re-launched holiday jobs, acquired computers for the council, stabilized the salaries of workers, and ensured payment of pension dues amongst many others.

The mayor also regretted that over 2/3 of the revenue come from external sources with local collection only amounting to 54 million, though this was doubled the previous amount and promised to work hard to realized more. He further decried the high level of abandoned projects by contractors, awarded at the divisional and regional level and called on the supervisory authorities to do all to bring them to book or transfer the contracts to competent contractors.

While giving the mayor’s account a stamp of approval, the finance committee chairman, councilor Nkain Lawrence called on the council executive to intensive collection of revenue through the slaughter of cattle, renting of council services and equipment, while recommending that council assets that don’t yield income be auctioned, the mayors and his team should encourage economic operators to pick up sheds at the Njinikom market, for public contracts and AMRP authorities to inform the council of penalties and fines for late execution of contracts.

Reacting to calls by the SDO for Boyo Mr. Oum II Joseph for the councilors to adopt the 2012 administrative accounts of the council and send to hierarchy soonest or the council would be suspended, the Mayor explained that those where accounts he inherited from his predecessor and the management accounts had not been signed by the former treasurer before now. He however said following instruction from the ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, the accounts have been signed

by Abongwa Fozo in Njinikom

Source: Bamenda Online

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