Public Works Minister Blows Gov’t’s Trumpet On Road Investment in NW

Minister Njoumessi flanked by NW Governor (L) and the Secretary of State in-charge of Roads (R)

In one of the most publicized and well orchestrated image cleansing move since the crisis in English Speaking Cameroon began, the minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Njoumessi has launched reconstruction works on the Babajou-Bamenda stretch of the Bamenda-Bafoussam Highway, to cost some 61 billion FCFA. The total road network involved in the Cameroon – World Bank  joint project is 35Km between Bamenda  in the Northwest and Babajou in the West region and 17 km of inner city roads within Bamenda.

The minister while launching the reconstruction work today in Santa-Mezam Division said he came with a message of good tidings from the Head of State to reassure the population of Mezam and the Northwest in general that President Paul Biya has taken the commitment to improve on their standard of living beginning from roads.  He announced that government intends to tar some 11 000km of roads within the country by 2020 and that a new classification of the roads will soon be done, taking into consideration, national, regional and council levels. He added that the president has as mission to dis-enclave the Northwest, open up agricultural, pastoral, tourism and fish productions in the country with the Northwest to feature prominently.

CPDM Militants at the Santa Ceremonial Ground

The Bamenda-Babajou road 35km takes over two hours to complete due to the bad state

World Bank Representative talking to the press

The project would span two years, from June 2017 to July 2019, and would include the reconstruction of the 35km stretch of road from Babajou to Bamenda in a 1 by 2 way (Single carriage), a 5km 2 by 2 (dual carriage way) adjustment work on the Bamenda Up Station road and the construction of a 12km 2 by 2 road from the Ecole des Champion Up Station to Hospital Roundabout down town.

Compensation of victims whose property would be affected by the road has already begun. The minister said work will soon begin on the  Yaounde-Bafoussam  stretch of the road.

Other socio-economic activities that would accompany the project include the construction of a weighing station, leisure spots, a toll gate, markets and pipe borne water lines along the road and the tarring of 50km of rural farm to market roads. The contract would be executed by the French company SOGEA SATOM to the tune of 37 billion Frs CFA.

The minister is presently in Ndop to inspect the Ring Road whose construction has been handed over to Edge/Wallang Richard for the Bamenda-Ndop axis and to SOGEA Satom  for the Ndop-Kumbo stretch. He is also due to visit the constuction of the 20km second entrance into Bamenda through Alahtening, Baba II, Baforchu and Bali into Bamenda. In a press release from his ministry before his arrival, the minister announced that he would also preside over an evaluation meeting of road maintenance programes in the region.

By Pedmia Shatu, traveling with the minister.

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