By Nickson Brueegh in Yde
The untimely demised of the Wum Area Development Authority-WADA remains a nightmare to the people of Menchum especially as the structure was closed when heavy duty equipment meant for the development of the Division were still at the Douala Seaport. Nothing stirs the Santa mafia for being the root cause. This is so because the creation of a moribund structure; Menchum Integrated Rural Development Project- MIRUDEP which would have taken over the management of these assets has been pocketed by the General Manager of MIDENO, John Begheni Ndeh. Even though destined for Menchum, none of the heavy duty equipment has never-ever worked in Menchum except hired to a road construction company. MIRUDEP which many elite(s) of Menchum thought was going to takeover the activities of WADA suddenly became the seed producing unit for MIDENO. Tempers flared in Wum when the people discovered that all what WADA left had disappeared. The most heartbreaking incident is that recently, Menchum elite(s) wrote to CONAC, Supreme State Audit and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development decrying that funds disbursed by government for the rehabilitation of MIRUDEP were siphoned. The elite(s) point accusing fingers at JB Ndeh the General Manager of MIDENO. The latest of such a memo was addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development last February 14, 2014 in which Menchum elite(s) and politicians have called on Agriculture minister to investigate into the mismanagement of funds allocated for the rehabilitation of MIRUDEP. To them, MIRUDEP under the coordination of MIDENO has been transformed into an extraordinary affair. In their memo, Menchum elite(s) also urged Agriculture minister to revamp WADA given that it was not liquidated. According to them, WADA was closed down without any explanations in 1989 at point in time that Cameroon was undergoing an economic trauma. They argued that MIRUDEP was a sub project under WADA which was sponsored by the Islamic Bank, and are aghast that the equipment that were for the structure have been moved to Santa under the guise of what could be described as a slab on the face of the people of Menchum. The Menchum Integrated Rural Development Project “was handed to MIDENO for coordination. Now after all these years, MIDENO has proven that it cannot manage the project”. The Eye is aware that tons of petition from Mechum have been shipped to CONAC and the Supreme State Audit. According to what we gathered, the elite are bent on seeing CONAC and Supreme State Audit carryout a thorough audit of the structure. They say the problem is not the man managing on the spot but at the level of MIDENO management headed by the self-proclaimed coordinator of the CPDM in the North West Region, John Begheni Ndeh.
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