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Cameroon: Government allocate10 billion FCFA to local councils nationwide

The Prime minister of Cameroon has allocated 10 billion fcfa to local councils across the country. Contained in a release signed Thursday in Yaounde, Philemon Yang says the money  is to enable these decentralized structures carry out development projects for the 2017 financial year.
The text which falls in line with the decentralization process transferring resources and competences is coming amidst social tensions in the Anglophone regions at the heart of which is the governance system.
The head of state, president Paul Biya enacted a decree in 1996 making the country a unitary decentralized state but government is yet to fully apply the decree more than 20 years after.
Critics are questioning whether 10 billion will be enough to meet developmental needs when councils themselves can't raise finances.

5 billion will come from the ministry of finance for the day to day running of councils, while the rest will be provided by the Ministry of economy, planning and regional development.

The functional budget will take care of the salaries of Mayors announced since 2015 but still to be a reality.The 10 billion francs is a partial transfer of funds according to the 2004 decentralization laws.

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