Bamenda II Council to set up Equipment Pool

Mayor Chenwi Peter to the middle, flanked by Mezam SDO and Cletus Anye Matorya, Director MIDENO

Councillors of Bamenda II Council have voted a deliberation to set up an equipment pool consisting of heavy duty equipment that can facilitate the grading of roads and other public works projects.

The deliberation was voted Wednesday 5th August 2021 at the premises of Ayaba Hotel.

Mayor Chenwi Peter says this is a great step towards realizing road projects in the municipality.

"This is what we have craved for. A council like Bamenda II cannot continue to function without even one heavy duty equipment. We will purchase these equipment which will serve as an income generating activity for the council and we will grade roads with relative ease."

Councillors at the session

Before now, the council has been hoping on contractors, hiring of heavy duty equipment to carryout maintenance works within the municipality.

The session, largely appreciated by councillors, saw some 15 major projects examined with more than 90% already engaged.

The construction of a community hall in Mulang and another hall around the temporal council premises, construction of the women's empowerment Centre that was burnt down about three years ago, rehabilitation of the boys dormitory at PSS Mankon, burnt in January 2021 were some of the projects cited.

Mayor Chenwi Peter further explained that solar street lights are being planted in Ntamulung and Ntambag quarters. Construction of two boreholes in Mulang and Ntambag, construction of a bridge linking Njanga hill to the cooperative College at Bali Park has all been awarded.

Grading of rural roads and the construction of culverts have are well advanced.

The Mayor saluted the bravery of contractors who have done everything within their power to ensure that these contracts are ongoing.

After supplying medical equipment to Atu-akom and Akumalam integrated health centres, three other health centres will receive medical supplies in the day ahead according to the council executive.

Despite all this, revenue collection within the Bamenda City area is still very low. Of a budget of 1.6 billion, the revenue collection mid year into 2021 is less than 400 million, majority of which is subvention from the state.

To ensure that this phenomenon of over dependence on the state, the SDO of Mezam has set up a task force comprising the three subdivisional Mayors and the City Mayor of Bamenda. A move largely applauded by the Mayor of Bamenda II Council as budget heads that have recorded zero income since 2017 are now active.

To ensure that the activities of the council are properly documented, the Mayor announced the creation of the Bamenda II Council magazine. The Magazine he says will be yearly and will contain projects executed, those on course and those envisaged. This will give the common man a clear picture of the road map of the council. 

Mezam Senior Divisional Officer, Simon Emile Mooh applauded the councillors for their sense of maturity and reminded them to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. 

In the days ahead, the council will embark on the distribution of books for an effective back to school in the municipality 


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