Councilors of the Bamenda II council have voted a deliberation fixing the allowances of the Mayor and all his deputies.
The deliberation was voted during an extraordinary session of the council that was held on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
The decision seeks to align the operational mechanism of the council with a recent decision taken by the Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, fixing the allowances for council executives.
“For over two years now, we have not had a fixed rate of allowances for that are paid to Mayors. The minister has come out with a decision fixing allowances for all Mayors as per council level and that for us to have this, it must be validated in a council session,” the mayor said.
“We were working without a fixed allowance. this was very difficult. Working without knowing your financial status because finances is a booster to one’s job”, Mayor Chenwi Peter of Bamenda II told the press.
The ministerial order covers the sitting allowances, missions, house maintenance, remuneration, and other benefits to the Mayor and sitting allowances for municipal councilors.
The decision of the Minister of Decentralisation makes the allocations as per council category.
Supervising the session, Mezam SDO cautioned councilors to stop focusing on the sitting allowances every time something urgent is to be deliberated upon.
It was equally an opportunity for Simon Emile Mooh to cautioned the councilors to take guard against the 3rd wave of the coronavirus that has claimed so many lives in the Division over the last week.
The adoption of this deliberation will fast-track the preparation of the 2022 council budget.