The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINATD) has disclosed that FCFA 400 has been set aside for foster government decentralization programme nationwide. Decentralization process mayors say has been moving at snail pace.
In his reaction to government efforts to boost the process Emile Andze Andze, the President of Union of Cities and Councils of Cameroon-UCCC said that the funds are insufficient to stimulate local development. He said the problem with decentralization has been finances. “We have asked that the state budget of Cameroon should allocate 10 percent per year for local development” he said. He said if government has been allocating jus the 10 percent every year since 2010, the process of decentralization would have been more effective taking into consideration the problems they face in generating funds locally. And not giving FCFA 400 billion to be shared in seven years.
“If we distribute these amounts between 374 municipalities in seven years, we will see that this is not enough to prop up local development, which entails providing water, energy, schools and health centers.”
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