Monday, June 8, 2015

Parliamentarians Summoned for ‘Contract-Chasing Session’

Yaounde, Cameroon—Members of the Senate and the National Assembly have been convened for the second ordinary session for the 2015 scheduled to begin this Wednesday June10. In two separate releases from the legislative institutions, members of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament will meet at 11am while those of the senate, the upper house will meet later in the afternoon of June 10 at the Ngoa-Ekelle glass house and the Yaounde conference centre respectively.
Hon Cavaye

The June session according to political affairs observers is one of the most relaxed amongst the ordinary session of a legislative year. It is traditionally reserved for the examination and adoption of bills submitted to the National Assembly and the senate by government ministers.
Since the coming to stage of the Senate some two years ago,  bills adopted by the National Assembly have been forwarded to the upper house where competent commissions have had to ‘strictly’ check  before moving up the ladder for promulgation into law by the President of the Republic.
While the heads of the two legislative institutions would in their separate opening speeches, review the activities of both houses during the parliamentary recess period, it would likely touch on the state of relations between the executive and legislative arms of the State plus, ongoing war against terrorist group Boko Haram.
During the last session, the senate announced a FCFA 100Million donation as part of their contribution to the ongoing war efforts against Boko Haram. Observers are of the opinion that the donation was simply rhetorical as nothing has been heard about it since then. The national assembly on its part donated the sum of over CFA 45 million F as support to the fight.
Members of parliament would also be exchanging notes from the field after the recess period that permitted some to visit their constituencies and commune with their electorates. Though critics say some of them visit their constituencies only during elections and come back only after five years.
Senator Niat
The opening plenary is likely going to be a joyous moment at the lower house of parliament as they would be celebrating the election of some its members into the bureau of the Pan- African Parliament.
Hon Roger Nkodo Ndang, CPDM MP for Nyong & Mfoumou and secretary at the bureau of the national assembly who until recently was vice president of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was elected president of the South African based legislative house. Hon Njingum Musa, another CPDM MP from Ngoketunjia was also elected chairperson of the committee on Monetary and Financial Affairs of the PAP.
The new president and chair person of the Monetary and financial affairs of the South African based Pan-African parliament were last week received in separate audiences by the speaker of the national Assembly, Hon Cavaye yeguie Djibrill and the president of the Senate, Senator Marcel Niat Njifenji.
During the last session, the lawmakers, besides the election of the bureaus of both houses, adopted seven bills on various subjects such as the economy, security and the three-year growth-acceleration emergency plan initiated by the head of state, Paul Biya.
The second ordinary session of the 2015 legislative year will be opening at threshold of the much trumpeted digital switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting in Cameroon. Cameroonians households are expected to replace their analogue TV sets with flat-panel screens or get decoders before or on the 16th of this month.
Defending a bill on digitization of Cameroon last March at the national assembly, the Minister of communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary the digital switch over will go effective from June 17 this year.
It is expected that peoples’ representatives would call up the communication boss again during this session to brief them on the process which he announced will begin in Douala and Yaounde before gradually extending to other areas.
The ordinary session both at the national assembly and the senate is expected to last 30 days.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi

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