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Cameroon: 30 MPs grill Energy boss on acute deficit in electricity, water supply

30 members of Parliament Monday June 28 quizzed the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba on the persistent…

30 members of Parliament Monday June 28 quizzed the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba on the persistent blackout and water scarcity which have become the order of the day in some areas across the country.

 

This was during a special plenary sitting at the National Assembly chaired by the Rt Speaker, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril dedicated on seeking for solutions to the acute deficit in the availability of electricity and water.

Four six good hours, Minister Gaston Eloundou Essomba was peppered by 30 members of Parliament who took turns to voice their grievances on the persistent and prolonged power outages and irregular water supply across the national territory despite the country’s multiple natural resources.

They condemned the insufficient supply of these two utilities, vital for human survival and indispensable for a healthy economy and called on the Government to diversify their production, rehabilitate damaged water networks and create sources of portable water supply in both urban and rural areas.

“Mr Minister, all ten regions of the country are suffering from power failure…Mr Minister, we blame you for the current situation in the Northern part of the country where the people have this year been subjected to increased power cuts, why are you not developing solar energy in that part of the country…Mr Minister the transmission lines from Tiko to Kumba are bad. For the past five days the economic town of the South West is in total blackout. You know what this implies coupled with the situation on the English speaking regions…” These are some of the grievances voiced by the lawmakers.

On his part, the member of Government acknowledged the deficit and blamed the power outages especially in the Northern part of the country on low water levels in the Lagdo dam.

He said the Lagdo water dropped from 4 billion cubic metres to 2 billion this year.

He further indicated that the situation will not change any time soon due to the unavailability of poles, dams and transformers but he hinted that Government is working on reversing the trend.

“We have the problem of wooden poles and we have to change it by cement poles. The Government is working in order to improve the production of the new dams. Memvele line transmission will be completed before the end of this year.” The Government official told the press.

Minister Gaston Eloundou Essomba equally revealed that the country needs FCFA 6000 billion to properly address the electricity supply.

He stated that the construction of some 3000 bore holes are ongoing to boost portable water supply in the Northern regions.

After Minister Eloundou Essomba Monday, it will be the turn of the General Manager of the company supplying electricity, ENEO to appear in parliament Tuesday to answer concerns on constant power outages in the country.

 

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