By NOELA BISONG
The Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, George Elanga Obam last September 18 2020, while installing the pioneer Board Chair of the National School of Local Administration, NASLA, Mouhtar Ousman Mey, the Director General, Tanyi Tiku EnohAchuo Bayee and the Deputy Director General, Lidwine Ongolo Nyanguinda, mentioned that the time of talking on and about NASLA has come and gone. Now is the moment of action.
Action took off with the first Ordinary and Extraordinary Board of Directors Sessions on September 18 and 19 2020 chaired by Mouhtar Ousman Mey. The deliberations examined and adopted the documents on the regulatory and financial instruments that will guide the activities and the smooth take off of the institution, according to its missions.
The Board Members of NASLA also examined and adopted the Budget for the 2020 Financial Year, taking effect as from the date of the establishment of the school, which stands at FCFA 2, 314,607,934. With regards to the NASLA personnel, the Board Members adopted the proposal of the Director General to appoint officials of the level of Sub-Directors, Directors and those ranking as such, to hit the grounds going. Some of these appointments have been vetted already by the NASLA Board and made public on September 18 2020.
However, observers in and out of the NASLA Board, following their maiden Board Meeting, have been quick to make the observations that the Buea-based institution has Cycles A, B and C for initial training of Six Months and another Three Months of continuous training, while the Yaoundé-based National School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM operates Cycles A and B, initial training only, with a Budget of FCFA 4.5 Billion and NASLA is operating three cycles at FCFA 2.3 Billion.
NASLA Board Members and other stakeholders are of the opinion and drawing inspiration from the instructions of the Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, George Elanga Obam, that there is urgent need to recruit new teachers and staff, put in place the proper infrastructure for learning, additional transportation and lodging cost for lecturers coming out of Buea, equip the offices of the new staff, adequately equip the Board Chair, the Director General, the Deputy Director General with offices, cars, the allowances as provided by the statutes and the legal instruments governing the institution and a lot more.
As NASLA moves on with its exulting task to fast track the decentralisation process across Cameroon, the Board has congratulated the Directorate General of the institution for the work already done at the helm of the institution since their appointments on March 25, 2020.