By FC Ndi with inputs from Haruna Mohammadou
|Hands up? its hot i here|
The problem that ignited fireworks was that the councilors wanted to set aside the five years development plan earlier initiated by the former and his team who were voted out obnoxiously. This attempt met serious resistance from PNDP representative who threatened to withdraw their support and working relationship with the Nkambe council. The councilors finally understood that loosing PNDP for greedy purposes wasn’t the solution to the political divide in Nkambe. And they all finally agreed to maintain the five years program. This was purely an intellectual exercise that the lost ones couldn’t make it out.
Confusion again set in when councilors couldn’t reach a consensus and tempers almost flared on the amount allocated for payment of electricity bills at the mayor’s residence. Paul Ngabir got a bitter experience when the same councilors raised motions on the amount budgeted for the payment of the mayor’s electricity bills at his residence. Just for a sum of FCFA 600.000, many held the robe tied with the intention as if that it would make the mayor richer. Yet theirs was just to endorse a budget that was already formulated by others in the five years development plan.
However, the most interesting thing is that the councilors showed a little bit of maturity during deliberations,
many an observer suddenly gave them a positive note. It was their first
participation and seemingly a recorded improvement looms large. As priorities,
the Nkambe council would need to purchase vehicles and not just one, construct
the Nkambe market and the most interesting one is to install street lights. Perhaps
without casting doubts on the street lights using solar energy, a meager sum of
FCFA 2 million was budgeted. Insignificant observers say but yet only mayor
Paul Ngabir knows how feasible it is going to be. Besides, councilors also
resolved that Nkambe town needs a modern TV channel, construction of more farms
to market roads and it could only be achieved if revenue collected locally is
improved. Therefore, studies would be carried out to improve council revenue
collection. Speaking to this reporter after the session the mayor of Nkambe
Paul Ngabir sounded optimistic on the realistic budget.
He also used the opportunity to throw light on the reasons why he boycotted the civic reception of the MPs for Donga Mantung Centre. Mayor Ngabir Paul pointed out that the invitation handed to him was not an official one. He disclosed that he saw copies of the invitation that were handed to other authorities but his was just like a piece of paper.
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