BY BIAMI BLEEZI
The Bamenda City Council in a Budgetary Orientation Debate on November 19, 2020 appealed to public, private institutions and the population to collaborate for the development of the city.
The Budgetary Orientation Debate organised by the city council is a governance policy intended to bring together the socio-cultural, political and economic sectors of the society to discuss the best possible strategy for development of the town, which will be translated into the budget of the council, deliberated and adopted by the executive arm of the council.
Backed by the 1996 Constitution, section 10 of the 2019 law, section 14 of law number 2019/24, the city council has the liberty to partner with regional and local authorities in the realisation of its development plan.
Mayor Achombang Paul explained, “This forum gives the council the opportunity to exchange development ideas within its three sub divisional councils, to reconcile their missions so as to avoid unnecessary coalition in carrying out their various missions in order to foster the spirit of collaboration. It will enable the public identify itself in projects being undertaken in their locality and appropriate them”, the city Mayor said.
Njong Mom Aloysius, Dean of economics in the University of Bamenda and a presenter at the event appreciated the initiative by the City Mayor to involve the public and institutions in the preparation of the budget. “The Budgetary Orientation Debate is a way to bring development in Bamenda city. In this time of decentralization, it is important for Mayors and councillors to understand what the budget is all about. Involving the public in the preparation of the budget makes them part of the project thus the willingness to pay taxes”, he explained.
The City Mayor of Bamenda showcased his 2021 action plan to the public and organisations which focuses on roads, sanitation and water, as he sought for their support to achieve them.
The Budgetary Orientation is a participatory approach in preparation of the 2021 budget of the city council to guarantee family welfare and minimise urban disorder, thereby creating a responsive citizen attitude towards initiated projects which will provide development and employment.