PNDP Donates Generator to Nguti Council

The Mayor of Nguti Council, Tong George has on behalf of his municipality received a generator donated by the Southwest Regional Coordination for the National Programme for Participative Development, PNDP.
The generator intended to beef up electricity supply alongside their giant solar panel was handed them earlier in the month at the esplanade of the Kumba City Council during the close of a meeting which brought together three Councils in the Southwest.
Mayor Tong George Enow, speaking to the press shortly after receiving the generator said: “I am a happy Mayor, because amongst us all that ought to be here I was chosen and given a generator. This will go a long way to beef up electricity together with our solar panel.”
PNDP presents Mbonge, Konye, and Nguti participatory survey report
The meeting that brought together Mbonge, Konye and Nguti Council executives, PNDP staff, and members of the civil society amongst other persons aimed at presenting the scorecard of the different councils as discovered during their research.
According to Dr David Nken, PNDP’s coordinator for the Southwest Region, “our meeting here today was to present to the population of Mbonge, Konye and Nguti a participatory survey that is PNDP’s agenda with the Councils.”
This activity which he said is known as citizens report card is a joint partnership with PNDP and the Councils where civil society organizations are recruited to carry out a participatory survey to get the perception of the population on the services provided by the Mayor and the Council at large. It also includes their appreciation and level of satisfaction in the sectors of health, education and water, Dr Nken explained.
The coordinator noted that the programme began in April last year with the selection of the civil society, then eventual work which rounded up in October 2017, with the draft reports validated earlier on in Limbe.
From the findings presented, each Council had different results in different areas sampled. That notwithstanding, the recommendations for the three Councils in relation to their Mayors are similar. For instance, in Mbonge Council area, findings on education sector revealed that more schools and hospitals need to be constructed closer to the population. But that the population is not aware of the activities of the Council. A similar situation also obtains in Konye.
Quizzed on how he thinks such programmes review will help in the management of the Council, the Coordinator said if the three Councils will follow recommendations provided by the report just like the Idenau Council is faring well now after following their own recommendations, then most of these problem posed by respondents would be a thing of the past.
One of such recommendations the Mayors must put in place is a mechanism to ensure that the population understands what the Council is doing in their interest. The recommendation suggests that it is the role of the Councillors after every seating to go back to their various constituencies and present to the local population what decisions were reached at the Council sessions. But such recommendation is coming at a time when even Mayors are not in their areas of command.
Another recommendation is that Mayors should encourage participatory development in all respects. They should try to discourage the attitude of expecting everything from Government but rather mobilize financial, material and human resources to support Mayors in development.
Participants like the Mayor of Nguti said “the survey was very important, because it presented a picture of what we are. From here I think it will help us evaluate and improve on our services.”
By NGENDE ESTHER

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