Paul Tasong and team have identified three core areas of intervention.
The Commission held it’s first meeting Monday April 20, 2020 in Yaounde.
The main objective of the meeting was to identify strategic axes of intervention.
Members during the deliberations identified and adopted three main axes.
Promoting Social Cohesion;
Reviving Local Economy;
Rehabilitation of Collective Infrastructure.
According to the resident representative of the United Nations Systems in Cameroon, Allegra Maria Del Pilar Baoicchi, these core areas would definitely contribute in the return of peace to the regions.
Responding to questions on why launching reconstruction works in the NW and SW regions when the crisis is not yet over, the resident representative of the UNDP programs in Cameroon, Jean Luc Stalon said it was in the past that people used to wait for complete peace to return before initiating rehabilitation works.
To him, the two can be implemented side by side.
“Security is key, but we cannot wait for total security before we start reconstruction” he said.
The cordinator of the commission, Minister Paul Tasong, reiterated the strategy of the commission.
That of beginning with less restive areas and proceed progressively.
According to the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, whenever a community is ready to receive the commission for reconstructions, they shall get to work immediately.
Paul Tasong indicated that the commission shall rely more on the expertise of community organisations.
The community based organisations he says, have a vital role to play in assisting the Reconstruction and Development Commission.
Presently, most of the organisations are dormant because of the crisis, but reviving them falls within the priorities of his team.
Appointed last April 3rd, Paul Tasong, and Njong Donatus were installed into their functions as cordinator and vice respectively of the commission on Wednesday April 15, 2020 by the Prime Minister and Head of Government, Dion Ngute Joseph.
During the ceremony that took place at the star building, the cordinators were asked to table an annual working plan to the Premier for confirmation and onward evaluation.
The Reconstruction and Development Commission of the NW and SW regions of Cameroon is just one of the moves to bring back peace to the troubled regions.
The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Centres created and headed by former regional governor, Fai Yengo Francis was another step towards peace building in the regions.
By Louvier Kindo Tombe