The Government of Cameroon has been called upon to show more proof of accountability in managing agricultural projects.
The call was made by frontline environmetal organisation Greenpeace Africa in response to news that over 18 billion FCFA has been mismanaged in the Rice-Corn-Cassava programme.
Greenpeace Africa forest campaigner, Sylvie Djacbou said the failure of the programme to take off is evidence of the lack of transparency and accountability which is a big blow in the quest for food security and employment in the agricultural sector.
“It is distressful that over 18 billion frs CFA is alleged by Le Messager Newspaper to have disappeared in the course of managing the programme for Rice-Corn-Cassava in Cameroon. It is evident that without transparency and accountability in the management of our financial resources, the drive for food security and employment in the agricultural sector will continuously be a farce,” Sylvie Djacbou said.
“The programme was meant to cultivate ten thousand hectares for corn and rice. However, since the signing of the loan agreement between Cameroon and India nine years ago, Cameroonians are yet to see its implementation. It is alleged that compulsory kickbacks have kept many implementation initiatives in the drawers of bureaucrats. This is sad, considering that many Cameroonians lack proper nutrition. It is also disturbing that the supposed produce was meant to supply the Societe de Transformation du Manioc de Sangmelima (SOTRAMAS) and not the ordinary Cameroonian consumers.
The government of Cameroon has come under scathing criticisms after pictures emerged of abandoned tractors in bushes at the agro pastoral village in Ebolowa since 2011.
Since the 2011 agro pastoral show in Ebolowa, the government has been heavily criticised for not fulfilling its promises as all earmarked projects have still not seen the light of day.
“For many decades, the regime in place has been paying lip service to reduce food importation, improve and modernize the agricultural sector in Cameroon. But like some government initiatives, Greenpeace Africa is worried about the process, the lack of transparency and accountability in implementation. To earmark ten thousand hectares of forest for destruction for industrial agriculture without proper evaluation is worrying,” Greeenpeace Africa Forest campaigner Sylvie Djacbou said.
“Greenpeace Africa calls on the Cameroonian government to improve on its accountability and transparency process in the management of public resources. We also advice Cameroonian officials to invest in ecological farming towards realising agricultural modernisation. This should go a long way to benefit ordinary citizens who should be the primary beneficiaries of any such programmes”.