Monday, January 27, 2020

Littoral region: how public investment budget was wasted

Abandonment of construction sites, false guarantees, production of false documents, low level of maturation, non-compliance with procurement plans ... are some dysfunctions recorded in the execution of the public investment budget in the Littoral region. The physico-financial execution of the Bip 2019 in decentralized services and decentralized local authorities therefore shows catastrophic results.

Deconcentrated services and decentralized local authorities in the Littoral region are now aware of their public investment pool for the 2020 financial year. The launch of the regional Public Investment Budget (Bip) has been launched in the four departments of Wouri. The envelope intended for the Littoral amounts to CFAF 63.47 billion in commitment authorizations (AE), and CFAF 60.61 billion in payment credits (CP). The Bip 2020 for the Littoral region is framed around the general management of automatic delegations to decentralized services, and resources transferred to the municipalities. 

Unsurprisingly, the department of Wouri has the lion's share of this endowment, with FCFA 47.753 billion in commitment authorizations, and FCFA 45.991 billion in payment credits. The Nkam department is placed in the runner-up with an endowment of 5.9 billion FCFA in commitment authorizations and 5.9 billion FCFA in payment credits. For the Moungo, provision is made for 5.5 billion FCFA in commitment authorizations, and 4.4 billion FCFA and 489 million FCFA in payment appropriations. The Sanaga Maritime department has 4.2 billion FCFA in commitment authorizations and 4.2 billion FCFA in payment credits. 

Among the major projects registered in the Bip 2020 for the benefit of the Littoral region, include the continuation of the construction of the Japoma sports complex for an amount of CFAF 8.5 billion in commitment authorizations, and payment credits, and additional work around this complex to the tune of 10.5 billion FCFA in AE and CP. The asphalting of the Douala-Bonepoupa-Yabassi road will receive an envelope of 8 million FCFA; the Douala Rainwater Sanitation Project (Pdp), nearly CFAF 10 billion; while the strengthening and stabilization of electric networks in Douala benefits from 1 billion FCFA.

It should be noted, however, that the physical and financial execution of the Bip 2019 projects on December 9, 2019 presented "mixed results, although up compared to 2018. The decentralized services are holding up better compared to the decentralized local authorities" , notes Ahmed Francis Ndjama Abouem, head of the follow-up and revival division, at the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development (Minepat). 

Compared to the national average, the decentralized services of the Littoral show a financial execution of 29.84% of rate of scheduling. For a physical completion rate of 43.65%. These two performances are below the national average of 34.67% and 44.97% respectively. The performances attributed to decentralized local authorities are even more disappointing. Their rate of financial execution and physical achievement are alternately fixed at 21.2% and 39.91%, while the respective national averages show 31.69% and 44.7%.