Cameroon’s pioneer Minister of Decentralisation, George Elanga Obam, has identified corruption as the main element thwarting Government efforts in the advancement of the Decentralisation process.
Minister Elanga Obam was speaking at a press briefing in Yaounde, during the commemoration of the African Day for Decentralisation. According to him, corruption at the local level has thwarted Government efforts in fostering Decentralisation in Cameroon. “Corruption constitutes a menace to Decentralisation that should be fought,” he said.
He challenged Mayors, Government Delegates and local authorities to fight against corruption so as to support the efforts of President Paul Biya aimed at advancing the process of Decentralisation for the benefit of local population.
George Elanga Obam also announced the creation of Regional Councils in the coming days. “Under the distinguished patronage of the Head of State Paul Biya, the State has created a Decentralised System in the Councils and very soon in the Regions,” the Minister promised.
Minister Elanga Obam also alleged that Decentralisation and the fight against corruption are of interest to African leaders which is why during their Summit in January they declared 2018 the year for the fight against corruption.
The celebration is coming days after the National Council for Decentralisation met at the Prime Minister’s Office and decided that, henceforth development projects would be designed at the local level by Mayors and Government Delegates, while Ministries would only provide financial assistance.
It is to be noted that the revised Constitution of 1996 guarantees a Decentralized Unitary System of Governance in Cameroon. But more than two decades after, it still remains a myth. Some politicians have argued that it is a remedy to the ongoing Anglophone Crisis.
The seventh edition of the African Day for Decentralisation is celebrated under the theme: “Fight against corruption at the local level as a means of transforming Africa.”
As part of the activities celebrating the day, Minister Elanga Obam visited the Yaoundé City Council and the Yaoundé IV Urban Council.