Cameroon takes stock of rural roads

Bamenda, May 18, 2012

 

The project to create an Inventory of Rural Roads in the North West Region has been launched; Friday May 18, in a ceremony at the conference Hall of the regional delegation of Regional Planning and the Economy-Bamenda.

Ebune Confiance, Secretary General of the Region called on the forces of law and order, local administrators, municipal and traditional authorities and the local population to give all the necessary support to the project, while officially launching it.

The North West launch falls under the second phase after the first phase that was carried out in the Centre and East regions of the country.

“38 enumerators and data collectors would be trained in the coming days, four would be on standby while the rest would be deployed into the field armed with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, notebook, cameras, external disks and vehicles to collect data for the inventory” said kana Christophe, Chief of Unit for cooperation  at the National Institute for Statistics.

 

According to him, the project is expected to last not more than 40 days if all goes well. The North West phase of it would begin on May 22.

The data base would carry the exact position of the road, state of the road and other notable features like position of bridges, width and image.

“The Inventory of Rural Road aims at creating an inventory of the national rural roads network in the country for better management, planning and development” said Zafack Martin, Regional chief of Agency for Statistics North West.

 

Mr. Zafack said the data base to be gotten would assist the government in decision making, improve farm to market roads in the future and promote development. It would also give the government a clearer picture of the situation of rural roads.

The Inventory of Rural Roads would be carried out by the National institute of Statistics. It’s a project of the ministry of Public Works.

Present at the launch were representatives of the various sector ministries implicated in the process like transport, agriculture and rural development, education, municipal and traditional authorities. The media is also expected to play a major role in sensitizing the general public.

 

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By Abongwa Fozo