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Local Governance Institution

The North-West Regional Assembly is a local governance institution and off shoot of the Major National Dialogue that held in Yaounde, Cameroon on September 30 through October 4, 2019, aimed at resolving the Anglophone Crisis.

The institution is created by a Presidential decree within the context of the Special Status of the North West Region as provided for by article 62 of the Constitution of Cameroon. The Regional Assembly which covers the same territorial boundaries of the North-West Region as an administrative unit is composed of 70 Divisional representatives from the seven Divisions of the region and 20 traditional rulers elected by their peers in the House of Chiefs.

By virtue of its creation, composition and status, the Regional Assembly is a deliberative organ with the Divisional representatives reflecting the gender and sociological components of the region to enhance social and economic development.

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Special status confers on the North-West Region

The North-West Region has a special status in accordance with the provisions of Article 62 of the Constitution. The special status confers on the North-West Region a specific organizational and operational regime, based on the historical, social and cultural values of the region, with due respect for the primacy of the State and national unity and solidarity.

In addition to the powers devolved on the regions by this law, the North- West Region as a result of the special status may exercise some powers amongst them; participating in the formulation of national public policies relating to the Anglophone education sub-subsystem, setting up and managing regional development authorities and participating in defining the status of traditional chiefdoms.

Also, the North-West Region may be consulted on issues relating to the formulation of justice, public policies in the Common Law subsystem and may be involved in the management of public services established in the Region.

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Relation With State Authorities

As the State representative in the region, the Governor has a supervisory role during deliberations. Though functioning in close collaboration with state authorities, it should be noted that the Regional Assembly is an independent structure and remains open to constructive advice.

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ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Regional Assembly has three principal structures that is; the General Assembly, The House of Chiefs and the Executive Council. The General Assembly which is the umbrella structure has 90 members being a combination of the 70 Divisional representatives and the 20 members of the House of Chiefs.

It is the General Assembly that elects the Executive Council which is the Executive organ of the Assembly with the following offices:”

  • The President
  • Vice President
  • Commissioner for Economic Development
  • Commissioner for Health and Social Development
  • Commissioner for Education, Sports and Cultural Development
  • Two Secretaries and
  • A Questor

RESPONSIBILITIES

As a team under the supervision of the President, developing a harmonious, participatory and sustainable territorial development plan is the foremost responsibility of the regional. Placed under the care of Commisioners, the Regional Assembly pecks its actions around Economy, Health, Social, Education, Sports and Cultural Development. Divided amongst three Commisioners, the target of the Regional Assembly is established as follows:

“ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Organizing trade fairs and exhibitions.
  • Promoting handicrafts.
  • Promoting agricultural, pastoral and fishery activities.
  • Encouraging the creation of Regional groupings for economic operations.
  • Supporting income-generating and job-creating micro-projects.
  • Promoting tourism amongst others.

“HEALTH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Creating, in accordance with the health map, equipping, managing and maintaining health facilities within the Region.
  • Participating in maintaining and managing social advancement and/or rehabilitation centres.
  • Recruiting and managing nursing and paramedical staff of Regional and District hospitals.
  • Supporting health facilities and social institutions.
  • Implementing preventive and hygienic measures.
  • Organizing and managing assistance to the needy.
  • Participating in the development of the Regional portion of the health map.
  • Participating in organizing and managing drug supply, essential reagents and appliances, in accordance with the national health policy.

“Environmental and Natural Resources Management

  • Managing, protecting and maintaining protected areas and natural sites falling under the jurisdiction of the Region.
  • Preserving and implementing other local measures to protect nature.

“Managing Regional Interest Water”

  • Creating woodlands, forests and protected areas of Regional interest following a plan duly approved by the Representative of the State.
  • Creating firewalls and early firing as part of the fight against bush fires.
  • Managing Regional natural parks following a plan submitted to the Representative of the State for approval.
  • Formulating, implementing and monitoring Regional environmental action plans or schemes.
  • Formulating and implementing specific risk prevention and emergency response Regional plans.
  • Spatial Planning, Regional Development, Public works, Town Planning and Housing

“Implementing Regional development plans.”

  • Signing performance contracts with the State for the achievement of development objectives.
  • Participating in the organization and management of interurban public transport.
  • Coordinating development actions.
  • Formulating Regional territorial development guidelines, in accordance with the national plan.
  • Participating in the formulation of urban planning documents and local authority Master Plans.
  • Rehabilitating and maintaining Divisional and Regional roads.
  • Supporting the actions of Councils in town planning and housing matters.

EDUCATIONAL, SPORTS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Education, Literacy And Vocational Training

“Education

  • Participating in drawing up and implementing the Regional portion of the national school map.
  • Creating, equipping, managing and maintaining government secondary and high schools as well as colleges in the Region.
  • Recruiting and managing teaching and support staff of such institutions.
  • Acquiring school supplies and materials.
  • Distributing and awarding scholarships and school grants.
  • Participating in management and administration of government secondary and high schools as well as colleges through dialogue and consultation platforms.
  • Supporting the actions of Councils in the area of Primary and nursery education.
  • Literacy

“Formulating and implementing Regional plans to eliminate illiteracy.

  • Preparing annual summary reports on the implementation of literacy campaigns.

“Recruiting personnel in charge of literacy campaigns.

  • Training trainers.

“Designing and producing teaching aids.

  • Drawing up literacy map.
  • Constructing educational infrastructure and facilities.
  • Monitoring and evaluating illiteracy elimination campaigns.

“Vocational Training

  • Carrying out a comprehensive census of the Region’s trade and preparing a Directory of existing vocational training courses, with an indication of required skills and training profiles.
  • Participating in drawing up the Region’s portion of the school map relating to technical education and vocational training.

“Developing a forward-looking training plan.

  • Ensuring the upkeep and maintenance of schools, training centres and institutes in the Region.
  • Recruiting and managing support staff.
  • Participating in the procurement of teaching aids, especially supplies and work materials.
  • Participating in the management and administration of State training centres through dialogue and consultation platforms.
  • Formulating a Regional plan for the vocational integration of youths.
  • Assisting in the drawing up of school-enterprises partnership contracts.

“Youth Affairs, Sports And Leisure

  • Issuing authorizations to open educational centres duly approved by the Representative of the State.
  • Assisting Regional sports associations.

“Constructing, administering and managing sports and socio-educational infrastructure with a Regional status.

  • Organizing, coordinating and developing socio-educational activities.
  • Promoting and managing physical and sports activities at the Regional level.
  • Creating and operating leisure parks of Regional interest.
  • Organizing recreational socio-cultural events of Regional interest.

Culture And Promotion Of National Languages

Culture, Promotion of Languaues

“Culture

 

  • Promoting and developing cultural activities.
  • Contributing to the surveillance and monitoring of the conservation status of historical sites and monuments and discovery of prehistoric vestiges.
  • Organizing cultural days, traditional cultural events and literary and artistic contests.
  • Creating and managing bands, traditional song groups, ballets and drama groups of Regional interest.
  • Creating and managing socio-cultural centres and public reading libraries of Regional interest.
  • Collecting and translating works of oral tradition such as tales, myths and legends, with a view of facilitating their publication.
  • Assisting cultural associations.

“Promotion Of National Languages

  • Encouraging functional command of national languages and producing Regional linguistic map.
  • Participating in the promotion of publishing in national languages.
  • Promoting print and broadcast media in national languages.
  • Building infrastructure and facilities.

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NORTH WEST REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

The Regional Assembly is made up of the House of Divisional Representatives and the House of Chiefs.

House Of Divisional Representatives

The House of Divisional Representatives comprises 70 (seventy) members and was elected by the municipal Councilors of the region. The House of Divisional Representatives reflects the sociological components of the region as well as gender. The House rules on all matters falling within the powers of the regional assembly.

House Of Chiefs

The House of Chiefs comprises 20 (twenty) members from among traditional rulers elected in accordance with the legislation in force.

The House of Chiefs rules on all matters falling within the powers of the Regional Assembly.

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THE REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

The Regional Assembly is made up of the House of Divisional Representatives and the House of Chiefs.

House Of Divisional Representatives

The House of Divisional Representatives comprises 70 (seventy) members and was elected by the municipal Councilors of the region. The House of Divisional Representatives reflects the sociological components of the region as well as gender. The House rules on all matters falling within the powers of the regional assembly.

“-It comprises 5 (five) committees, namely:

  • The Committee on Administrative and Legal Affairs and Standing Orders;
  • The Committee on Education;
  • The Committee on Health, Population, Social and Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sports.
  • The Committee on Finance, Infrastructure, Planning and Economic Development.
  • The Committee on Environment, Regional Development, State Property, Town Planning and Housing.

The President of the House of Divisional Representatives involves members of civil society in proceedings on specific issues, without voting right. These personalities may come from the Economic and Social Council, professional bodies or social groups interested in the issues under review.

House Of Chiefs

The House of Chiefs comprises 20 (twenty) members from among traditional rulers elected in accordance with the legislation in force.

“The House of Chiefs rules on all matters falling within the powers of the Regional Assembly. It gives its opinion on the following issues:

  • The status of the traditional chiefdom;
  • The management and conservation of historical sites, monuments and vestiges;
  • The organization of cultural and traditional events in the region;
  • The collection and translation of elements of oral tradition.
The Committee on Environment, Regional Development, State Property, Town Planning and Housing. The House of Chiefs comprises of 2 (two) committees, namely:
  • The committee on Administration and Legal Affairs and Standing Orders, Education, Health, Population, Social and Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sports;
  • The Committe on Finance, Infrastructure, Planning, Economic Development, Environment, Regional Development, State Property, Town Planning and Housing. 

Functioning of Regional Assembly

Houses of the Regional Assembly are convened by the President of the Regional Executive Council under the conditions laid down in Sections 280 and 281 of the law.

The two houses meet separately on the same dates. They hold a joint meeting at the opening and closing of the session and when the agenda items relate to:

  • The approval of the Regional Executive Council action programme;
  • The validation of the Regional Executive Council progress report at the end of the financial year;
  •  The two houses also hold a joint meeting when circumstances so require.
  • The two houses of the Regional Assembly also hold a joint meeting to initiate impeachment.
  • The standing orders of the Regional Assembly lay down the procedure and scope of impeachment

Questions to be submitted to the Regional Assembly are initiated concurrently by the Regional Executive Council President and by two thirds of the members of each house of the Regional Assembly

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REGIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The Regional Executive Council is the executive organ of the region. It comprises:

  •  1 (one) President;
  • 1 (one) Vice-President;
  • 1 (one) Commissioner for Economic Development;
  •  1 (one) Commissioner for Health and Social Development;
  • 1 (one) Commissioner for Educational, Sports and Cultural Development;
  •  2 (two) Secretaries;
  •  1 (one) Questor.

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Council president

The president of the regional executive council in the chief executive of the north west region. As such, he is the interlocutor of the representative of the state……

When the Regional Executive council President is absent or unavailable, the Vice-President chairs the Regional Assembly and, when the latter is unavailable, the Commissioner for Economic Development shall deputizes for him.

When the Regional deliberation is adopted by the house of Divisional Representatives, it is forwarded within 24 (twenty-four) hours to the House of Chiefs, which may make amendments and return it for a second reading to the House of Divisional Representatives, together with the reasons for its rejections. 

The rejection of all or part of a deliberation by the House of chiefs is valid only where it is decided by an absolute majority of House Members

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Council President

When the disagreement persists, the House of Divisional Representatives adopts the deliberation by a simple majority of its members and forward it to the Regional Executive Council President for implementation.

All deliberations adopted by the Regional Assembly are forwarded to the representative of the State. 

The Regional Assembly adopts the standing orders of the entire House. The House of Divisional Representatives and the House of Chiefs adopts their respective standing orders separately. 

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Council President

The participation of Representative of the State or his duly authorized Representative at Regional Assembly meetings is be as of right.

Whenever he so requests, the Representative of the State or his duly authorized Representative shall be heard, buy may neither vote nor chair the Regional Assembly. His statements are recorded in the minutes of the proceedings. 

In January following the end of the end of the financial year, the Representative of the State presents a special report on the activities of State services in the region to the Regional Assembly. The special report is discussed in his presence. 

The deliberations of the Regional Assembly are recorded in chronological order in a register numbered and initiated by the Representative of the State.