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Bamenda III Sub Divisional Council

THE COUNCIL OF THE FUTURE...

The Municipality

Bamenda III Council was created in 2007 by Ministerial Decree. No. 2007/115 of 23rd April 2007. Since then, it has been operating on a temporal site. However, its permanent site is under construction. From its creation, the following persons have been Mayors;

S/N

NAME

POLITICAL PARTY

YEAR

1

Prince Pius Ngwa Amandou

SDF

2007-2010

2

Fonguh Cletus Tanwe

SDF

2010-Present

 

Bamenda III Council has 02 main  clans, Nkwen and Ndzah. The Nkwen people who are part of the Tikari group, migrated from Northern Nigeria, passing through Ndop to Njinkwin in Kom, then through bafut to Ateila from where they settled at the present site. Then, there are the Ndzah people who are believed to be part of the Baforchu (Mbu) people who broke away around the 18th Century under the leadership of Chief Ngu Fomumunte Foboingong. They moved through Widikum-Bafut-Mankon-Nkwen and finally settled at their present site. Note should be taken that all these movements were either because of the quest for fertile land, security, or chieftaincy disputes. From time immemorial, these groups have been inter-marrying and even with their neighbours of Bafut, Mankon, Mendankwe, and Bambili. This closeness is evident in their cultures which have a lot of similarities than differences.

Today, there is a great ethnic mix within the council area. It is very common to find the Fulani within the council area whose presence is as a result of cattle rearing which is their main stay. There are also Nigerians, Ngemba, Bamilike, Noni, Nso and Wimbum people. Despite this mix, there is always that strong bond among all inhabitants and they freely inter-relate either for social or other reasons whenever need arises.

 

3.1.2. Villages and respective quarters within the Bamenda III Council Area

Bamenda III council has 02 villages, with each having its quarters as seen in the table below:

S/N

VILLAGE

QUARTERS

1.       

Nkwen

1.      Alalie

2.      Atieba

3.      Atielah-Mbelewa

4.      Atiesu-Mbessi

5.      Bayelle

6.      Bayelle I

7.      Bayelle II

8.      Bayelle III

9.      Bayelle IV

10.  Bujong-Mambu

11.  Futru I

12.  Futru II

13.  Lower Menteh

14.  Manka-Mambu

15.  Mbefi-Mambu

16.  Mbelem

17.  Mbeso-Mambu

18.  Mbung

19.  Menjung

20.  Menka-Menda

21.  Mubang

22.  Mugheb

23.  Nchang

24.  Njejefor

25.  Njengang

26.  Nkwenjang

27.  Nkwesi

28.  Ntaghem I

29.  Ntaghem II

30.  Ntakeka

31.  Ntambang

32.  Ntambru

33.  Ntamuche

34.  Ntasen

35.  Ntefinki

36.  Ntela

37.  Ntenetene

38.  Ntenjung-Mbessi

39.  Ntensu-Mbelewa

40.  Sisia I

41.  Sisia II

42.  Sisia III

43.  Sisia IV

44.  Teken

45.  Town Green

46.  Upper Menteh

2.       

Ndzah

1.      Mokop

2.      Mubakuh

3.      Terrekoh

4.      Chamkoh

5.      Ntaw

6.      Wumsei

7.      Wumkien

8.      Tarri

9.      Njimben

Source: Field studies, 2012

3.1.3. Population per village

Statistics shows that population figures for the Bamenda III Council Area have witnessed an increase.  From the financial documents (Budgets) of 2008 (47,000) and 2009 (48,500), there has been a remarkable increase. Recent figures however show that the population stands at 150.000 inhabitants. This is spread within the 02 villages as seen on the table below. However, part of this population is found within the urban space and is not represented in the table below.

Table I: Population Analyses per Village

S/N

VILLAGE

MEN

WOMEN

YOUTHS

CHILDREN

TOTAL

1

Nkwen

25300

27000

45200

2500

100000

2

Ndzah

412

702

866

520

2500

TOTAL

25712

27702

46066

3020

102500

Source: Field Studies, 2012

 

The table indicates that the most dominant population is the youth. It serves as a pool of potential human resources for the Council Area. Next are the women who also dominate men in terms of population in all the villages. From the population census of 2005, it is realize that there has been a population increase of about 06% per annum. This is due to an increase in birth rate and a decrease in death rate by about 03%, probably due to increased access to/an improvement in health care delivery, a gradual shift from local health care practices and improvement in nutrition. However, much still has to be to improve on in order to better the standards of living of the population. There are still problem plaguing the health sector ranging from limited health facilities to insufficient personnel. Furthermore, a cros-section of the population is still involved in the rural sector, especially agriculture where subsistent practices are still very common. In this light, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approaches should be applied in order to develope the council area.