Major National Dialogue Recommendations: Follow-Up Committee Adopts New Guidelines To Boost Economic Revival

PM Dion NGUTE, chair of the following up committee 

The Committee for the Follow-Up of the Implementation of Recommendations of the Major National Dialogue, MND, has adopted new guidelines to ease revival of the two English-speaking regions.

The resolutions were adopted in Buea, Friday August 11. This was during the 5th session of the committee.  It was chaired by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute.

A total of 12 resolutions were adopted by members of the committee to further enhance the peace process and the return of normalcy in the  North West and  South West regions.

  Among the measures,  is a call to intensify the effective implementation of economic recovery measures  to consolidate the considerable progress already registered in the agro-industrial sector.

They also resolved to  engage community-based approaches in the identification studies, award and execution of projects to boost social cohesion and community fellowship.

Members discouraged the self-destructive attitude that has been adopted by the population inflicting hardship on communities, through falsehoods and passive cooperation with security services.  It was agreed that actions will be taken to ensure perpetrators of violence are uncovered.

They called on local authorities and development agencies to work in collaboration with competent government institutions to  ease the realization of social projects such as the opening  up of farm-to-market roads, and plantation roads for the benefit of smallholder farmers.

Ministries and institutions have  been tasked to take appropriate measures to ensure the signing of more enabling instruments for the complete transfer of power and resources to the Regional and local authorities.

Meanwhile, regional assemblies of the North West and   South West regions have been urged to further exploit existing legal text within the spectrum of the special status to complement the actions of the state and propose viable development initiatives that promote a people-centered approach to peace and development. 

Members also called for the seeking of possible ways to increase budgetary allocations to entities involved in social and economic development at local levels. This, the follow up committee said, is vital in improving the livelihoods of people at the grassroots heat.

They  urged  those charged with  the reconstruction plan to  further the  ongoing construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure for the benefit of the population.

In the spirit of building unity, members also called for continuous dialogue with all stakeholders for the return of peace and an enabling environment for trade and economic revival.

The Follow-Up Committee members also prescribed actions to  counter misinformation and propaganda that instills fear in the minds of the population. They advised the state to also communicate effectively on the brave and sacrificial actions of the defense and security forces in contributing to the return of peace.

They also called for the creation of security posts, where possible to guarantee the safety of plantation workers and local cocoa farmers.

There was also a strong call particularly for religious leaders to continue dialogue and engage with all stakeholders to further build an atmosphere of peace.

Participants noted that economic operators and  the  population  must continue to work as one to ensure  a common front  against the destructive tendencies of enemies of peace.

Meanwhile, at the end of the session, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute saluted the contribution of the  civil society and other  participants to ensure the return of peace. “This particular meeting focused essentially on the economic recovery of the North West and South West Regions. We had speakers from across the board from these two regions; economic operators, big businesses, small businesses, development agencies and the conclusion which we arrived at is that a lot of water has gone under the bridge, in other words a lot has been done,” the Prime Minister said.

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