Parliamentarians are divided on the issue of reconstruction of the Northwest and Southwest in the light of the ongoing crisis.
In a plenary session at the National Assembly on November 23 , opposition Social Democratic Front, SDF parliamentarian, Hon. Jean Michel Nitcheu urged authorities to end the crisis for reconstruction to happen naturally.
Mr. Coordinator of the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development of the North-West, South-West and Far-North Regions.
As I speak from the top of this rostrum, I am animated by a double feeling of disappointment and anger, in the face of what I consider to be a denial of reality on the part of the Yaoundé regime which is like all Cameroonians know it, follower of the strategy of rotting, of the ostrich policy and its corollary the permanent headlong rush! Of course, the far north region has suffered from recurrent attacks by the Islamic sect Boko Haram and must benefit from all the solicitude of the state and the solidarity of the national community. However, I for one believe that the situation in NoSo as a result of autism, absolutism and the condescension of power is extremely serious and deserves special treatment.
We are gathered here in a special plenary. A special plenary that the SDF has called out loud not for reconstruction and development, which is pointless without the return of peace, but to examine the basic problems at the origin of this war in order to outline political solutions likely to bring peace!
By choosing this format of exchanges, your government seeks not only to trivialize the scale and horrors of this war but to minimize its historic role in its outbreak! This is one more provocation, and one too many, towards the bruised populations of NoSo, no offense to the corrupt comprador elites of these two regions!
Today’s plenary, allow me the expression, is a ridiculous and totally indigestible circus from the moment when the finance law of 2021 never took into account the extremely worrying or even worrying situation in the two northern regions. -west and southwest. These two regions before the onset of the crisis represented 20% of our GDP. The economic fabric there is currently in tatters. The recommendations of the Grand National Dialogue of 2019 prescribed a minimum investment of 3.500 billion FCFA for the reconstruction of these two regions. And for a start, 10% or 350 billion were to be immediately devoted to this effect in the budget for fiscal year 2020. Only 120.345 billion FCFA were allocated in 2020 for rehabilitations / restructurings, investment interventions and participations of the State on the whole of the territory, including the fraction devoted to the regions of the north-west and the south-west which remained to be determined. In 2021, the budget allocation on this line fell to CFAF 130.088 billion for all 10 regions of the country, the fraction dedicated to the north-west and south-west not always being clearly defined. in this global allocation. It is well known that no rehabilitation, let alone any planned investment, has practically been made in 2020 due to the security chaos taking place in these two regions.
Let’s put an end to this war first and the reconstruction will happen naturally. Which donor can finance reconstruction and development in a region where the risk of destruction is very high? Since the creation of the PPRD, there have been pledges of funding from several bilateral and multilateral donors as well as various groups. Where are you today in terms of funds raised? You are way below expectations. Last June in Jeune Afrique, you recognized that for two years, only 10 billion had been collected. Yet the UNDP gave more than 08 billion FCFA last May, France had promised 40 billion FCFA, Japan gave 1.5 billion FCFA and Gicam gave 800 million FCFA. It’s a fail. The war must end. First of all, it is necessary to neutralize the disbelieving warmongers who feed on suffering in order to grab the wealth of the populations. Some would have taken advantage of the war to grow fat and even build buildings.
In 2021, apart from deeply lobotomized minds, everyone agrees that the stagnation of this Anglophone crisis will crescendo with the introduction of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and deaths recorded daily both on the side of civilians and of our defense and security forces. In such an environment, can you undertake anything serious and lasting in these two regions? The answer is no. Even the administrative authorities are forced to travel with elements of the BIR in these two regions. You yourself cannot go to your own village. The proof is that you were forced to bury your 108-year-old mother-in-law outside the Lebialem department (southwest region). Instead, the ecumenical ceremony took place at the CENAJES stadium in Dschang in the Western region in the presence of an impressive deployment of law enforcement and third category forces. When we know what the symbolism of the burial of a person of such an advanced and respectable age in the grassfield tradition represents, this example is enough for him to realize that the measures taken to appease the socio-political climate in these two regions of the north-west and south-west are far from producing the expected effects.
Stop playing in the ubiquitous comedy and admit that the budget that is allocated to you from year to year only serves to pay your salaries as well as those of the staff who are dedicated to you, to maintain your big cars, to organize useless missions. and unproductive and more serious, to corrupt certain deputies as was the case on the eve of this plenary through your mici domicini in this chamber
If your team had any dignity, they would have quit en bloc by now. But as you are used to what this regime knows how to do best, namely how to divert all shame out of public funds, I know that your collaborators and yourself first and foremost will never fulfill the missions assigned to the presidential plan of reconstruction and reconstruction. development of the NOSO regions as long as there is no peace. Even in your dreams.
Remember this once again, Minister: if nothing is urgently done in the direction of the appeasement of these two regions which involves a ceasefire followed by an inclusive political dialogue between all the protagonists of the crisis, including the secessionist leaders, this commission will still be useless. It will always be a budget-guzzling gadget, a finance pump powered by taxpayer money. We cannot rebuild on ruins in permanent effervescence. Tell the President of the Republic your creator.
In conclusion, I reiterate once again that the Anglophone crisis is above all a political crisis. In an exceptional situation. Our proposal is a return to two-state federalism! Peace must return to these two regions before any attempt at reconstruction. This political crisis in the two regions of the north-west and south-west – which has already claimed more than 3,000 lives, hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons, tens of thousands of refugees and devastated nearly 20% of the GDP – will continue to induce harmful and harmful consequences on the economic attractiveness of these two regions. Until peace returns to these two regions, your committee will remain an empty shell. You cannot fool the Cameroonians. You can ultimately have your presentation swallowed by the godillots deputies.
Hon. Jean Michel NINTCHEU