By Peter Adi Fonte
Councillors of Nkor Council in Bui Division of the Northwest Region have adopted CFA 412,755,000 as draft budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
The budget was adopted during a Council session chaired by the Mayor of Nkor, Francis Wache, and was supervised by the First Assistant Prefect for Bui, Dr. Mohamadou.
In his opening address, Mayor Wache lamented that the budget for 2015 has slumped by FCFA 102,016,448. The drop, Mayor Wache, remarked, is due to limited sources of revenue collection.
According to him, of the FCFA 412,755,000 budgeted for 2015, FCFA 230.7 million will be used for investment projects, which he said include; the Construction of Nkor Community Radio with assistance from PNDP, the Construction of markets in Djottin, Ngeptang, Bamti and Lassin; still in partnership with PNDP, amongst others.
He added that FCFA 182,055,000 of the total budget will be devoted for operating costs.
The elated Mayor cited some of the development projects realised during the 2014 fiscal year to include; the extension of the present Council building to host the municipal treasury, construction of temporary bridges in Nchini and Djottin, creation of Noni Valley Athletics Club and maintenance of Lassin–Mbinon Road, amongst others.
The Mayor called on the Councilors to diligently and objectively scrutinise the budget to ensure that the money would be used to provide basic social amenities, alleviate poverty and champion development in Noni Subdivision.
The First Assistant Prefect for Bui, Dr. Mohadadou in his speech, instructed the Mayor to hand over the Council’s TOYOTA vehicle to the former Mayor, Michael Shey Nkume.
According to Dr. Mohadadou, the former Mayor of Nkor had paid FCFA 9,000,000 for the vehicle, whose ownership, he said, was transferred to Mayor Wache without any consultation.
The Assistant Prefect described the administrative and management account of the Council as satisfactory, but called on the Councillors to explore other revenue-generating avenues to improve on Government revenue collection in the area.
On the sidelines of the Council session, a workshop was equally organised for Councillors and other staff of the Nkor Council. During the workshop, Councillors were schooled on the organisation and functioning of Councils, the role and duties of Municipal Councillors in fostering development.