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December 10, 2008

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Kamer

I tire for this country. Same old story. Belle politics is the order of the day. Myopia and greed will be our undoing. When will Cameroon get the picture?

martin

It is sad for a period when there is no war, military received money more than farmers, i doubt what they will do with the money even if it was for agriculture.
For Cameroon to pull well with agriculture, she most construct roads and electricity in all its provinces, agriculture alone can provide employment for the unemployed, since most food produce are not transform!!!Shame, shame on those who crafted that stupid budget

Ma Mary

And we are supposed to tolerate this marriage?

Noela

Cameroonian officials accused of misusing maize subsidies


www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-14 16:40:35 Print

YAOUNDE, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon is being afflicted by a maize crisis in which government officials are accused of misusing subsidies destined for growers of the crop.

Paul Tessa, the president of the National Anti-corruption Commission of Cameroon (CONAC) , on Saturday received the complaints.

Bernard Njonga, the president of the Association of Cameroonian Citizens in Defense of Collective Interests (ACDIC), handed over a study by his group, alleging high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Agriculture had misused 1,200 million FCFA (about 2.7 million U.S. dollars) earmarked for the production of maize.

The money, which accounts for 62 percent of the subsidies intended for farmers, instead went to the non-existing Groups of Common Interests, according to the ACDIC.

The group also complained that 60 tractors given by the government of India had also been diverted for other purposes.

On Wednesday, Njonga led members of the ACDIC in a protest march and was arrested on charges of staging illegal demonstrations on public roads. Although they were released afterwards, they were ordered to appear in court on Jan. 23. in Yaounde for first-instance trials.

For the past two years, demand for maize has been soaring in Cameroon, hitting 1.18 million tons in 2007 and 1.23 million tons in 2008. The ACDIC estimates the figure at 1.5 million tons in 2009, warning that the country's production output has fallen far short of needs.

With the gap increased between demand and needs, the price of maize has jumped to 225 FCFA to 250 FCFA (about 0.56 dollar) from last year's 140 FCFA (about 0.32 dollar).

Noela

Cameroonian officials accused of misusing maize subsidies


www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-14 16:40:35 Print

YAOUNDE, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon is being afflicted by a maize crisis in which government officials are accused of misusing subsidies destined for growers of the crop.

Paul Tessa, the president of the National Anti-corruption Commission of Cameroon (CONAC) , on Saturday received the complaints.

Bernard Njonga, the president of the Association of Cameroonian Citizens in Defense of Collective Interests (ACDIC), handed over a study by his group, alleging high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Agriculture had misused 1,200 million FCFA (about 2.7 million U.S. dollars) earmarked for the production of maize.

The money, which accounts for 62 percent of the subsidies intended for farmers, instead went to the non-existing Groups of Common Interests, according to the ACDIC.

The group also complained that 60 tractors given by the government of India had also been diverted for other purposes.

On Wednesday, Njonga led members of the ACDIC in a protest march and was arrested on charges of staging illegal demonstrations on public roads. Although they were released afterwards, they were ordered to appear in court on Jan. 23. in Yaounde for first-instance trials.

For the past two years, demand for maize has been soaring in Cameroon, hitting 1.18 million tons in 2007 and 1.23 million tons in 2008. The ACDIC estimates the figure at 1.5 million tons in 2009, warning that the country's production output has fallen far short of needs.

With the gap increased between demand and needs, the price of maize has jumped to 225 FCFA to 250 FCFA (about 0.56 dollar) from last year's 140 FCFA (about 0.32 dollar).

Dr A A Agbormbai

This is a brilliant article that truly captures what are all wrong with Cameroon.

When Cameroon ranks low in corruption and business climate tables we can truly understand, from this article, why this is so.

When investors prefer other countries to Cameroon, we can truly understand that this is because Cameroon is a rotten, shameless, and morally defunct country.

When Cameroon cannot compete with other nations in terms of business environment, we can see that this is because its gov't is irresponsible. It prefers to put up facades of excellence to deceive investors that all is well.

Instead of cleaning up its act, it prefers to spend millions in false advertisements ran in the West and aimed at attracting investments. Yet these deceitful ads fool no one in the West.

Cameroon doesn't realise that the West relies on objective criteria (such as corruption and business climate indices) to assess the investment merits of different countries.

As long as Cameroon prefers to rely on deceit and false practices to solve its problems it will always fail. As long as Cameroon does not deal with ingrained corruption in its ministries it will always fail.

It is truly shocking when whole ministries (such as the Agriculture Ministry) exist solely for the purpose of embezzling almost every franc that is directed at it.

It is truly revolting when whole ministries are set up as organised crime units, matching the top mafia families of the West.

It is truly repugnant to know that the country's leaders all know about this, yet year-in year-out they do absolutely nothing to correct the problem.

And then they expect to somehow fool the world that the country is worthy of their investments.

It is becoming clearer that the Cameroon Gov't hasn't the guts to clean up its own house. Cameroon is now like the tramp who sends everyone scurrying from the path of its stench.

Clean up your act Cameroon and crush all corruption and organised crime from your midst. Or you'll find true development impossible to achieve.

A nation cannot progress if its ministries are set up as organised crime units that not only suck up almost all development funds directed at them but refuse to provide services unless they receive a bribe.

How can a nation develop without channelling development funds towards their intended purposes?

How can a nation develop when it has turned its gov't offices into service businesses, where citizens and foreigners buy the services of government officers? These officers receive their normal salaries, yet insist on selling to the public what should be free services.

This is not a nation! It is a giant corporation of scammers, set up to scam investors and citizens!

Ma Mary

Good luck, bro! You will need to expire and be reincarnated as a Beti or a Fulani reformer. We are strangers in a strange land.

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