Georges Elanga Obam, Cameroon’s minister of Decentralisation and Local Development has charged the new Government Delegate to the Bertoua City Council in the East Region, Alphonse Wouamane Mbele to make the population happy as he takes over duty.
Minister Elanga Obam issued the instruction Friday August 24 at the esplanade of the Bertoua ceremonial ground while installing the new government Delegate into his functions.
According to the minister, the exigencies at the moment in tems of government directives are geared towards accelerating decentralisation. This, the Minister said, the new government delegate must take into consideration to ensure that, projects are executed to keep the population comfortable.
Obam charged the new government delegate to liaise with his collaborators to work as a team for the sake of development. The minister said, president Biya’s new drive is to see that those placed at the helm of local collectivities carry out works that touch the lives of the local population. Reading to through the profile of Wouamane Mbele, minister Obam said he is the right man for the job.
In an interview earlier granted following the August the 13th decree appointing him, Wouame said the challenge facing Bertoua is development “Bertoua is a great cosmopolitan city whose challenge is development. We must be aware of the means at our disposal and the priorities established by the councilors to mobilise the means at our level. We will use the experience we have to be able to do the best we can, with what we will find on the ground.” Wouamane told journalists.
Friday’s installation recorded the presence of a host of government ministers and elite of the East Region. Family friends and well-wishers also turned out for the ceremony.
The new Government Delegate was born in Bertua, He did his early education in the same locality. He takes over from Dieudonne Samba. Samba has since October 215 been serving as special adviser at the presidency of the republic.
While many had raised concern over the vacant City council post, Samba was said to be still signing documents. The latest of which is dated March ,2018 announcing through an emergency procedure the launching of a contract for the construction of a hall in Bertua.
The appointment also makes nonsense of calls within some quarters across Cameroon for the need to scrap the position of Government Delegate. It is the first municipal authority minister Obam is installing into office since his appointment on March 2, this year. The former delegate Samba was first appointed government delegate 2008.