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JAKARI

 

 

  Mayor    Jaff Romanus VERKIJIKA
Phone           +237 678 83 34 10
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Date of creation: 1977
Surface Area: 675 km2
Density: 111.11persons/km2
Number of inhabitants: 5 9951Number of municipal councilors: 31

Description of the Jakiri Municipality

Jakiri council is one of the six municipalities in Bui Division in the North West Region of Cameroon. It is located some 80 km from Bamenda on the ring road that passes through most of the divisional headquarters in the North West Region. At the centre of Jakiri, the road branches off to Fumban in the West Region of Cameroon. The municipality covers the same administrative and geographical area like the subdivision. It covers a surface area of about 675 km2 and a population of about 9959 inhabitants (national population census, 2005). Population figures estimate during village diagnoses in March 2012 stands at 59951. It shares boundaries with the following councils; in Bui division with Kumbo to the North, Elak Oku to the West and Mbiame to the East, to the South, it shares boundary with Babessi from Ngoketunjia division and to the South East, it shares boundary with Bangoran from the West Region. The municipality is located on latitude 60 N of the equator and longitude 100 E of the Greenwich Meridian.

 

 Population size

According to the 2005 national population census, Jakiri municipality had an estimated population of 9,959 inhabitants (4,712 males and 5247 females) covering a surface area of 675 km2. The 2006 monographic study population estimates for the municipality stood at 75,000 persons. With the later figures, the population density of the municipality stood at 111.11 inhabitants/ km2. Given the population estimates 59551(29157 males and 32545 females) obtained during village diagnoses of March 2012, the population density for the council stood at 88.82 inhabitants/Km2. Comparing this figure and that obtained from the 2006 Jakiri monographic study report, there appears to be some ambiguity in the decreasing population. It is expected that the population today should have been greater than that of 2006. It would be necessary that the council conducts a head count of her inhabitants to avoid conflicting figures from several sources. Generally the female population in the municipality (51%) surpasses that of men (49%).

 Historical profile

 Jakiri Council derives its name from its chief town Jakiri, which in turn got its name from the first settler in the town named Jajiri. Jakiri Council area covers a surface area of about 765 km2 with an estimated population of about 75,000 inhabitants. During the British rule in West Cameroon, administrative units were carved out with municipalities acquiring considerable power, even being allowed to have forces of law and order. Jakiri like all the Nso area, Bafut and Ndop were grouped under the Bamenda Eastern Federation of Native Authorities, with headquarters at Ndop. In 1961, the Nso Native Authority pulled out of the Federation of Native Authorities and in 1961, they acquired the status of Nso Area Council with headquarters in Kumbo. In 1977, the Nso area Council was split into four councils: Kumbo Urban Council, Kumbo Rural, Elak Rural and Jakiri Council. From its creation, the Sub divisional officers administered the Jakiri Council until 1987 when the first municipal administrator was appointed by decree. It was only in 1996 that the first elected officials for the Jakiri Council were elected.