WELCOME TO THE DONGA-MANTUNG
The Donga Mantung Division established in 1948 was named after the Donga River. The Donga River is a river in Nigeria and Cameroon. The river arises from the Mambilla Plateau in Eastern Nigeria, forms part of the international border between Nigeria and Cameroon, and flows northwest to eventually merge with the Benue River in Nigeria. The Donga watershed is 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq mi) in area. At its peak, near the Benue the river delivers 1,800
cubic metres (64,000 cu ft) of water per second. Prior to being called The Donga Mantung Division, the divison was known as The Nkambe Division.
Nkambe Division, as it was formally known, was firstly a division of the former Bamenda Province. In 1963 (decree No. 68/DF/250 of July 26) was issued establishing the Sub-Division of NWA and in 1966, (Decree No. 66/DF/436 of August 26) was issued establishing the Nkambe Sub-Division.
The division received a new name, as earlier mentioned above, in 1968 by decree No. 68/DF/509 of december 30. At the time of the administrative reorganization of 1972 (Decree No. 72/DF/349 of July 24), the former state of West Cameroon was divided into two (2) provinces : North-West and South-West.
According to an article published on Camerounweb.com on March 03, 2015 by The Eye Newspaper, the Nkambe Division was created by ordinance of the colonial era emanating from Lagos in 1946 and went operational in 1948 including the Nkambe Divisional council, which covered the present day Donga Mantung Division.
Since then, the Nkambe Division as the then administrative unit has undergone four splits, marking different eras in its administrative life.
The first split occurred in 1958 when the clan councils were formed, (namely: Warr council with headquarters in Mbot; the Tang Council with headquarters in Talla; the Wiya Council with headquarters in Ndu; the Mbo Council with headquarters in Ngou; the Mfumte/Yamba Council with Mfe as headquarters and the Mbembe Council with headquarters in Ako).
The second split took place in 1963 with the creation of new administrative units (councils) in Nwa, Mbiyeh, Akweto and Warr.
The third split came in 1967 when the Warr and Mbiyeh councils were merged to form the Wimbum Council, the Mbembe and Misaje council was formed with head quarters at Akweto, Mfumte/Yamba while Mbo councils were merged to form the Nwa council.
The fourth split occurred in 1992 and went effective in 1996 with the creation of the Subdivisions with accompanying councils of Nwa, Ndu, Nkambe Central, Misaje and Ako. The Nkambe Rural Council then replaced the Nkambe Divisional council which continually had its headquarters in Nkambe. The Division covers an area of 4,279 square kilometers.
Industry Plays a vital role in the economy of the North West Region and Donga-Mantung in particular, both in terms of the numberof industries and the number of people employed. Agriculture is the area’s major industry. Local crafts flourish in some parts of the division. These crafts include the production of various works of arts such as, wood carving, pottery. Fabrication of agricultural tools was also once a significant industry in the region, but has become less significant. Despite its small role in the region’s overall economy, modern industry is becoming increasingly apparent in towns and villages, including Nkambe. Seasonally accessible roads linking
Donga-Mantung to Nigeria make cross-border trade feasible and small scale production of consumer goods, crafts items and other wares occupy a growing place in the local economy. Improved access to education and communication technology in the past decade has contributed to increasing out-migration (emmigration/ rural exodus) by youths and youns adults who find work in Cameroon’s growing petro-chemical and other industrial and sectors. The outside world draws nearer each day but so far, major advances of the world have only begun to reach the people of Donga-Mantung. Among other promising prospects, the nascent growth of a still fledging tourism industry holds promise for the region. Its natural beauty, striking landscape and diverse exotic flora and fauna can still enjoyed in their unspoiled state. Regional investment in hospitality and tourism is minuscule but interest in increasing gradually. The abundance of rivers, streams and waterfalls provide yet another option for the region.Initial feasibility studies have stalled in the past, but significant interest at
the local administrative level is focused on the possible electrification of the various villages in the division to fuel the growth of industry and enterprise and contribute to comprehensive improvement of the region’s quality of life. Responsible exploitation of water resources will be critical in the coming years at least to address the growing gap in access to clean water and sanitation for the Division’s population that is more and more concentrated in urban settings each year.
Mineral resources hold thus far untapped potential for the Great Donga Mantung Division. Important indices of iron ore and precious stones and metal compounds are reported in the Division in places like Mayo-Binka Misaje and Dumbo.
Infrastructure And Development Needs
he mayors of the five municipalities of the division have all identified areas of pressing need including:
Poor healthcare access and delivery results from an absence of equipment, supplies and infrastructure. The lack of adequate healthcare is a pre-eminent issue to be addressed. Healthcare programs for children, the elderly and other special needs populations are of the highest priority, with additional urgency placed on family health education, disease prevention, prenatal care, immunization, health management, and increased availability of drugs and medical supplies.
The major threat to the environment is posed by uncontrolled, unplanned, and outmoded agriculture techniques and practices. The over-cultivation of the eucalyptus tree in the area is a major
cause for concern. Conflicts between farmers and grazers are common, as are disputes over water rights. Complicating a situation already rife with dispute, current agricultural practices lead directly to water and soil degradation, limited access to water sources, erosion and threats ti indigenous species.
Women in region have limited access to information and education compared to men. There is limited availability of specialized training or support programs to address their specific aptitudes, interests or needs.The division’s future will depend on an educated, trained, engaged generation of women to share their insights and leadership in the development of major systems and infrastructure.
Water and Energy
The Donga Mantung has limited access to grid electricity. Alternative access to power in the division comes from gasoline generators that are prohibitively expensive to buy / operate and contributes negatively to environmental impact. These same conditions also affect information and communication technologies,
including telephone and internet service, both of which are limited in the area. A shortage of reliable sources of portable water is due in part to the practices outlined above and due also to the same challenges that confront energy and communication lines. The lack of clean water in some parts of the division places a limit on the continuing community development and poses a direct public health risk to urban and rural population alike.
The students of the division have limited access to modern education and face unbalanced educational opportunities based on both income and gender. As a result, some schools in the area perform below average on public exams and face barriers to accessing post-secondary education. Lack of funding for teachers, educational supplies and equipment places local education mostly in the domain of private religious sector.Achieving standards to allow students in the Donga Mantung to compete in the modern workplace and/or in higher education will require extensive planning and significant investment in the region’s education infrastructure.
Roads, utilities, and basic amenities are largely underfunded and usually maintained in most areas of Donga Mantung. To achieve full commercialization and employment in the region, and to improve the opportunity of individual merchants, farmers and small businesses, significant investment in well-maintained paved roads, public access to grid electricity,telephone and internet infrastructure and other public works.