NKOR RURAL COUNCIL
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Once administered during the colonial times by the administrative seat in Bamenda and Ndop South East Federation and Banso Native Authority. Development has of recent been brought closer to the people of Noni upon the creation of an administrative unit in 1992. The administrative unit comprises of six villages: Nkor, Djottin, Dom, Din, Mbinon and Lassin. Four divisional officers have since creation served in the sub-division.
There is a poor representation of ministries in this sub-division, with only 9 out of the 36 ministries in the country represented in this sub-division. This partly accounts for the slow pace of development in many sectors. Nkor Council now exists having changed since independence through the Nso local council (with Nso and Oku people) by 1978, through the Elak rural council (Oku and Noni people) and finally to Nkor Council ( Noni people exclusively) by 25/11/1992, having seen the reign of two Mayors and three appointed Municipal Administrators, so far.
Though the population in these six villages are predominantly rural, there exist potentials for most of the villages in general, and Nkor village in particular developing into semi-urban or urban populations in a not too distant future. Noni has a very youthful population. About 97.3% of the population comprises of those in the youthful and the working age groups. This provides the sub-division with a rich store of human resource base, which can be exploited for development.
Administrative structure
The North West Province has seven divisions amongst which is Bui Division. Bui Division is made up of five sub divisions - Noni, Kumbo, Oku, Jakiri and Mbven. Noni sub division is comprised of six villages.
Historical background of Noni Subdivision
The Kumbo Central Subdivision was created by Decree No. bb/DF/431 of 26/8/66 and since then Noni people were administered from Kumbo Central Sub division until 1992 when the Noni Sub Division was created by:
  • Decree No 92/ 207 of 5/10/92
  • Code No. E 26/05
  • Surface area from the GPS gives approximately 325.72 sq Km
Prior to the creation of the Kumbo Central Subdivision, Noni was administered in the colonial times through the seat in Bamenda. This probably explains why the development in Noni has retarded so much due to its distance from the headquarters and the enclave nature of the sub division.
Administrative units
The Noni Subdivision situated almost in the centre of the North West Province, is found in Bui division. Noni subdivision was created by decree No 92/ 207 of 5/10/92, code N. E26/05 and with a surface area of 325.72 km2, comprising the following villages:
  • Mbinon (Tfuh)
  • Lassin (Laan)
  • Nkor (Nko)
  • Bvugoi (Dom)
  • Djottin
  • Din
Some documents ( see foot note ) show that more neighbouring villages used to be in Noni subdivision; particularly in the Mii customary Court area including villages such as Banten, Mbim, and Djottin-Nso, now commonly known as Buh etc. Today most of them are conflict zones and the need for clarification to be made by the administration is imperative.
The Divisional Officers who have served in the area include No. Name Grade Appointment Date Departure
  • Njinwa Muluh Eddy Joe Administrative Officer 09/12/1993 - 12/10/1998
  • Kuitsouk Dominique Executive Officer 29/09/1998 - 04/04/2001
  • Engamba Emmanuel L. Administrative Officer 04/04/2001 - 20/11/2003
  • Achu George Administrative Officer 20/11/2003 D.O at time of study
Source: Sub Divisional Office Noni.
Administrative Personnel
Nine ministries are represented at the sub divisional level. This number as compared to the number of ministries in the country is grossly inadequate and portrays the deficiency the subdivision has in terms of Governmental service provision.

Those represented do not have adequate personnel, equipment nor infrastructure to meet the needs of the subdivision. The table below shows the situation as at time of the study.

Administrative Services in Noni Subdivision
Service Personnel Number in place Number required
Divisional Office Nkor Sub divisional Service 3 5
G.H.S Nkor Sub divisional Service 16 20
S.D.D.A Nkor Noni Sub divisional Service 4 10
Sub Treasurer Noni Sub divisional Service 1 5
Gendarmerie Brigade Noni Sub divisional Service 6 7
I.P.N.E Noni Sub divisional Service 10 40
Sub Divisional Hospital Noni Sub divisional Service 3 15
MINEPIA Noni Sub divisional Service 5 10
Forestry Post Noni Sub divisional Service 1 5
Totals   76 117
Brief history of Council
The Noni people had a joint council with the Nso and Oku people called Nso Local Council until 1978 when the Elak Rural Council was created for the Oku and Noni people. The Nkor Rural council was created by decree No 93/322 of 25/11/93. Prior to its creation, Nkor was under the Elak Rural Council having seen the reigns of three appointed Municipal Administrators before 1992 and recently two democratically elected Lord Mayors. The following Mayors have administered the council from the time it left the Nso area council: No. Name Council Period Years served
  • Babah Fabian Djofui Elak Rural Council (Oku /Noni) 1978 - 1982 5 years
  • Christopher Tah Kindong Elak Rural Council (Oku /Noni) 1982 - 1991 11 years ie two terms
  • Hon.John Tatah Nforme Elak Rural Council (Oku /Noni) 1991 - July 1996 5 years
  • Tabah Thaddeus Nkor Rural Council July 1996 17/08/2002 6 years
  • Nfi Yungsi Omer Nkor Rural Council 17/8/2002 Current Lord Mayor
Noni Councillors who served in the Nso Local Area Council were:-
  • Shey Paul Langdji Ngong
  • Rev. Kinyang Manases Njoh
  • Nchanji Athanasius
  • Forgwei Philip Lawong
  • There was a councillor each representing Buh; Mbiim and Banten
Noni Councillors who served in the Elak Rural Council were:
  • Nfon Ndansa Christopher Tata
  • Shey Paul Langdji Ngong
  • Ndikaka Micheal
  • Chia Joseph
  • Nyang Adamu
  • Fai Philip Nfi
  • Nsah Mary
  • Ndinwa Christogonus
  • Fai Makou
  • Nchanji Athanasius
  • Ghun Sylvester Mbori
  • Manases Mbuwir
  • Ngong Godfrey Tubua
  • Nfon Ngew Genevarius
The councillors on this list who are still alive recount the difficulties they had, trekking for meetings etc. They recount a few struggles, which led to some projects being realised such as health centres, road construction, bridges and education. Theirs was not an easy task but they did what they could within their reach at the time.