French Cameroun government’s Economic, Social, Financial and Cultural programme for the 2018 Fiscal year in Cameroon has been presented to law makers during a plenary session at the National Assembly.
The Prime Minister – Head of Government, Philemon Yang presented the programme with a call of members of parliament to support its implementation once the execution phase begins. The programme hinges on the 2018 draft budget estimated at 4.513 billion CFA Francs has witnessed an increase from last year’s package which stood at 4.373 billion CFA Francs.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang used the occasion to express government’s commitment to hasten the pace of ongoing projects in the country once the National Assembly and the Senate gives the green light.
The presentation of the Economic, Social, Financial and Cultural programme at the plenary session on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at the Hemicycle of the National Assembly marked by disruptions from the Social Democratic Front party.
The SDF Parliamentary group leader, Hon. Joseph Banadzem, chief whip at the house presented a motion to halt all debates in parliament and urged for the Anglophone problem to be addressed. House Speaker Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril called for a vote on the motion but the SDF protested.
The Prime Minister reassured the members of Parliament that the Anglophone crisis will be looked into in a defined time but the assurances did not convince the SDF MPs who chanted in disagreement throughout the presentation of the programme.
At the close of the session, the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Gregoire Owona sitting in for the Vice Prime Minister, Minister in charge of Relations with the Assemblies granted in press briefing in which he decried the disruption of the proceedings by the SDF Parliamentary group. He insisted that the move did not respect internal rules of procedure applicable at the National Assembly.
The latest disruption comes a week after the SDF parliamentary chanted songs in parliament prompting a premature close of the session following a failed attempt to introduce discussions on the Anglophone problem at the General Assembly.