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ELAK OKU

 

 

  Mayor:              NGUM Jerome NJIOH
Phone number:     +237 76 15 01 06


Number of municipal councilors: 31
Surface Area: 372.50km2
Density: 235.67 persons/km2
Number of inhabitants: 87,790


Social infrastructures:
•    A number of nursery, primary schools, and secondary schools (private, government and mission owned).
•    Health Centers
•    Markets.
•    Gendarmerie Brigade
•    Oku area cooperative union Ltd
•    Oku honey cooperative society Ltd
•    Oku paper industry

Municipal assets:
•    A main market
•    A hotel de ville
•    A communal forest-Kilum mountain forest reserve  
•    Touristic sites like; Lake Oku, Tolon water fall, Kenshing water fall, Enfwe water fall, Tankon water fall, Mbancham waterfall, Kedse water fall, Oku fonʹ s palace, Oku cultural and touristic centre, Lumutu shrine, Ijim mountain and Caves   (mbvek  yeafon,  mbvek  ngailai,  mbvek  tafon,  tongkol,  mbvek  mawes,  kinaki  , efiane , ekak , and emfee)

Opportunities:
•    Soils: volcanic origin and basalt is the common rock through which most soils have been formed. There are also volcanic and ferralitic soils in most of the highlands like in Elak Oku. This area has fertile soils for agriculture.
•    Vegetation: The vegetation of the council area is mainly savanna and montane forest. The montane forest  covers  a  land  area  of  17,325  hectare  and  about  300.000  people  depend  on  it  for livelihoods. This forest is also very rich in medicinal plants.
•    Fauna: The existence of the kilum-Ijim community forest is a great resource to the municipality. This community forest is home to many animal species especially bird, rodents and reptiles. Oku is popular for bird watching and is home of the endemics Bannerman’s turaco and Banded Wattleeye. This area is also widely known for bee farming.
•    Mineral resources: endowed with basaltic granite and sand which is dug from quarries. There  also  exist  huge  deposits  of  gravel  along  the  Elak  Ibal  road  which  is  used  for  road construction. The inhabitants of this community also exploit these minerals for their welfare and construction of houses.

Obstacles:
•    Health: limited access to quality services, due to inadequate infrastructure and equipment.
•    Environment and nature protection: environmental degradation due to poor framing practices.
•    Women empowerment and family: low social and financial status of women due to limited centers for information and ignorance.
•    Water and energy: poor access to water and insufficient access energy due to lack of finances.
•    Education: limited access to education, due to lack of funds and staff.
•    Public works: poor road network, due to limited financial sources and no degradation of existing bridges and culverts.


Location:
•    East: Jakiri council
•    North: Noni and Kumbo councils
•    South: Ndop council
•    West by Fundong council


Number of Villages: 35 villages namely; Bow, Chak, Elak, Fekeng, Ibal Ardorate, Ibal Oku, Ibalichim, Ichim, Ikal Lui, Jikijem, Keyong, Jiyane, Kesotin, Kfem, Lang, Lum, Manchok, Mbam, Mbancham, Mbockevu, Mbocknghas, Mbockemlung, Mboh, Mbokjikijem, Ndum, Ngashie, Ngemsiba I, Ngensiba II, Ngham, Ngvunkei I, Ngvuinkei II, Nkwi, Ntowel, Simonkov, and Tamkiy.

 
Ethnic groups: 5 namely; Nso, Noni, Mbororos, Bamunka and Wimbum


Economic activities:
•    Agriculture: (coffee, maize, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, cassava, groundnuts, yam, huckleberry).
•    Livestock: (cattle, horses, goats, Sheep and fowls.).
•    Commerce: sales of food stuff and petty trading.
•    Others include: small medium size enterprises, services from organizations, hunting, fishing and craftsmanship.

Bio-physical environment:
•    Climate: an Equato-Guinean climate, characterized by two distinct seasons. The rainy season and the dry season. The area has maximum temperatures of 16.5 to 19°C and minimum temperatures of 9 to 10.5°C. Rainfall is in excess of 3050 mm per year.
•    Relief: characterized  by  steep  slopes  ending  up  in  valleys  and  an undulating  landscape.   Found in the council is the Mount Oku which is the second highest peak in West Africa.
•    Hydrology: Lake Oku is the main water body within the municipality. There are many smaller streams and springs in the municipality whose catchments have been harnessed to serve the community with drinking water. Rivers Mfve and Mie are some of the popular rivers that flow right into Nigeria. There are also numerous water falls in this area.

 Communal Development Plan: avialable at the UCCC’s Resource Center, with the address : http//www.cdr-cvuc.cm/index.php/fr/