The reconstruction commission intends to use local associations to gain the trust of the population.
The Anglophone crisis rocking the two English speaking regions of the country is yet to be resolved, but the reconstruction commission is determined to launch it’s work.
This, because the government can not just stay indifferent to the challenges of the population in the two regions.
With the present situation of insecurity and violence, the execution would not be an easy ride.
The resident representative of the UNDP in Cameroon, Jean Luc Stalon is aware.
“It is not going to be an easy task, but we shall be up to the challenges” he told reporters in Yaounde on Monday, May 4, 2020.
UNDP, the implementing partner of the reconstruction project has officially signed the Presidential Reconstruction Plan agreement with the government of Cameroon.
FCFA 8.9 billion representing ten (10) percent of the entire budget of the project has also been provided by the government.
The commission is now strategizing on how to launch the project beginning with intense sensitisation.
“We shall work with local development and cultural associations especially women and youth groups to gain the trust of the population” Jean Luc Stalon revealed.
It is difficult to tell if such groups still exists in the restive regions of the country and if they would accept the offer.
The population in the regions are constantly under threats from seperatist fighters in the various localities.
The armed fighters are merciless on whosoever interacts or collaborates with the government of the Republic.
The Minsiter of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development Alamine Ousmane Mey who announced government’s financial contribution of FCFA 8.9 billion remain confident.
To him, the government is leaving no stone unturned in trying to arrest the over three (3) years old Anglophone crisis.
Critics consider the planned reconstruction exercise as “programmed to fail”.
They say the best option is to first declare ceasefire in the regions to facilitate any recommendation and development project.