Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

Cameroon: Limbe City Council Budgets FCFA Six Billion

The City of Limbe, chief town of Fako Division in the South West Region will witness a transformation in terms of socio-economic infrastructure aimed at improving the welfare and living conditions of its population.

The embellishment drive to transform Limbe into a modern city shall be realized with the FCFA 6 billion budget for 2014 financial year which was adopted on December 23, 2013 by Senior Councillors of the municipality in the presence of the Senior Divisional Officer for Fako, Georges Zang III. While presenting the draft budget for adoption, the Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council, Motanga Andrew Monjimba, stated that the 2014 budget has witnessed an increase of FCFA 500 million in absolute terms and 9.09 percent in relative terms compared to that of 2013 budget that stood at FCFA 5.5 billion. Mr. Motanga said 43.98 percent of the budget is dedicated to investment embedded in the action plan.

The Government Delegate listed some of the investment projects the Council will embark on to embellish the city amongst which are the maintenance and provision of water supply and electricity, grading and resurfacing of earth roads, tarring of more roads and construction of culverts and bridges within the municipality, construction of a historic Museum, putting up a building to host the fire fighting service, construction of a restaurant, playground and Green belt. To realize all the ambitious plan of action, the Government Delegate stated that the Council will intensify revenue collection and diversify its revenue base.

The SDO for Fako in his remarks noted that much still needs to be done to transform Limbe into a veritable sea site city and thus challenged the Councillors to be realistic in the development drive of the city which to him should reflect the aspirations of the population. Zang III admonished the Council executive to avoid waste and unnecessary expenditure and shun embezzlement of Council funds but rather lay emphasis on revenue collection in order to meet up with the needs of the population.

The Senior Councils before addressing a motion of support to the Head of State also adopted the motion for the Council to take over the sponsorship of Njalla Quan International Marathon in honour of Henry Njalla Quan, the pioneer Government Delegate and organize an annual Limbe Arts and Culture festival.

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