The budgetary session of Babessi Council took place within the week chaired by the Mayor, Mr. Choh Isah Buba under the watchful eyes of Mr. Ebai Ebi Wilson, 2nd assistant senior divisional officer for Ngoketunjia Division in the presence of Hon. Njingum Musa, Member of Parliament for Ngoketunjia North Constituency, divisional delegates and service heads, fons, municipal councilors and others. In his welcome speech, the mayor observed that attendees were invited to reflect and deliberate on the draft budget, imprest budget, annual investment plan, update of the CDP, Tax Baream and the new salaries and allowances to mayors, assistant mayors and municipal councilors.
Before getting into the 2016 action documents, the mayor gave the state of realization of 2015 budget as of 31st October 2015. The Babessi council budget stood at 625.081.000FCFA balanced both in revenue and expenditure and according to the mayor, the revenue situation as at 31st October 2015 stood at 641.961.581 FCFA while the total expenditure was 303.388.273FCFA. Public investment Projects realized by the Babessi council include among others, the construction of a block of two classroom at G.S Ntoh-Babungo, the construction of a block of two classrooms at G.S Nzomenzo-Babessi, the construction of a block of two classrooms at G.N.S Haousa Bamessing, The maintenance of Pa Mathy Junction to Oku Road, Gwikang Roads, Babessi-Nzomenzo Road and Makulung, G.B.H.S Road, the Supply of computer equipment to MINPMESSA department in Babessi council, the supply of benches to G.S Ntoh, G.S Nzomenzo and G.N.S Haousa Bamessing, equipment of Head Teachers office G.S Ntoh and G.S Nzomenzo, and the supply of minimum packages to government primary schools within the municipality. Projects realized with the council budget include among others, the construction of Culvert on Babessi Mbenzeh Road, the construction of Culvert on Bangolan Fon Palace Road, the construction of two culvert on G.B.H.S road, Bangolan, the Grading of Babessi-Mbenzeh Road, the construction of two classrooms in G.S Ntomene in Babungo, the construction of a Ferry on Moukang-Finteng in Babungo, the construction of a Ferry on Toh Wansai-Toh Soghia in Babungo, The construction of a well equipped with manual pump in Kegang Baba I, rehabilitation of two classrooms in G.S Baba I, supply of benches to P.S Baba I, the construction of 40 open market sheds and a VIP toilet in Babessi market and the construction of a well at Gwaliang-Bangolan. After taking the pains to read through all the projects realized in 2015 as of the 31st of October 2015, the mayor then presented the draft budget for 2016 financial year standing at 719.786.926FCFA balanced both in revenue and expenditure. The draft budget witnessed an increase of 94.705.926FCFA from 2015 budget with reasons in the increase being the widening of the tax base and the acquisition of some revenue generating projects in the past years, as presented by the Mayor. Among the projects earmarked, is the extension of electricity to Mbow, Mbezow, Tsefoh, Nkankio, Rehabilitation of water from Babungo market to Mbele, rehabilitation of the council office, recruitment of 200youths during the holidays, purchase of a digital camera, digital recorder, one stop pack photo just to name a few. After some objective and heated deliberations, councilors adopted the draft budget as amended and reviewed.
BY MBAH ISOFA