By Francis Tim Mbom
A presentation of what the government has allocated as the investment budget for Fako Division for the current fiscal year indicates there is an FCFA 1.031 billion drop. The investment allocation for the Division stands at FCFA 1,629,399,000 as against FCFA 2,660,414,000 for 2005.
These figures were made public on Thursday, January 26, by the SDO of Fako, Bernard Okalia Bilai, during the launching of the fiscal year for the Division at the Limbe Urban Council Conference Centre.
The investment allocation is usually used to handle some government projects like the building of classrooms, culverts, electrification, minor roads among other.
52 Percent Income
The SDO also disclosed that state revenue generating services: taxation, treasury, etc, realised a 52 percent revenue collection. Against a levied target of FCFA 2,135,662,000, FCFA 1,228,847,588 was collected, the SDO said. Besides, he added that, FCFA 52.342 million was collected as school fees. The launching brought together heads of government services and secondary schools; business men and members of the public within the Division.
The SDO said for the out-going year, there were some service heads who were engaged in some unjustifiable expenditures. He said also that some service heads are only seen when they come up to sign out what ever government might allocated for that service as running or recurrent credit while there were a host of others who receive the money for their departments, divert it for other uses and keep on with the story that the money was yet to be signed out or has not come.
He warned that his service shall ensure that every franc signed out by any head of service, be it for investment or as running credit, is effectively used for what it was budgeted for.
"...Others went as far as engaging in fictitious expenditures with destinations that were neither related to the budgetary heads nor for the interest of the concerned services." He called on the service heads to scrupulously respect the instructions or directives viz-a-viz the execution of this year's budget. "Excesses shall no longer be tolerated," he said.
Okalia reminded his collaborators and service heads of the Head of State's resolve to weed out corrupt officials in the government and called on them to take heed.
The SDO went further to call on contractors and service heads to ensure that every franc allocated to the Division for any project is signed out and the deadline for its use respected. He noted that in 2005, there was quite a good chunk of money meant for the Division that was withdrawn because either contractors who had been offered some contracts to do failed to deliver or abandoned them mid-way.
The Divisional Treasurer, Ananias Mbassi Angoula, said that at the level of his service, there was an increase in revenue generated. Besides he said, all money due payments to civil servants and contractors under his jurisdiction were paid up to November.
72 Hours Deadline
The SDO told all those charged with the responsibility of executing payments for public contractors or services rendered to the state to beware of the 72-hour deadline. He said as per the new rules, once a contractor has been confirmed to have delivered what ever goods or services he was assigned to do for the state and deposited his documents for payment at the treasury, treasury officials shall have 72 hours to process, authenticate the said documents and then pay the individual concerned.
He said the government shall no longer entertain unnecessary complaints orchestrated by the some unscrupulous state pay masters who, for personal reasons, have in the past been withholding peoples payment vouchers in order to attract tips or be bribed before they can before they can pay.
It was also disclosed during the launching that the levies for land taxes have increased. Unlike last year where taxes were levied only on land, this year, even structures built on the land taxed shall also attract a point 1 percent tax as per the cost of the house or structure.
The Divisional Delegate of Taxes for Fako said, if a land is valued at FCFA 10 million and the house in it is valued at 30 million, the said owner will pay a point 1 percent tax on the land , an equivalence of FCFA 10,000 and for the house at FCFA 30,000. This will give a total of FCFA 40,000. He said the deadline for payment has been fixed for March and defaulters shall attract a penalty.