Works ministry, World Bank examine major road projects

The Ministry of Public Works and the country office of the World Bank in Cameroon have examined a road construction…

The Ministry of Public Works and the country office of the World Bank in Cameroon have examined a road construction project earmarked for 2017.

Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi chaired a meeting with a team from the country of office of the World Bank in Cameroon on February 15. The team from the World Bank was led by Elizabeth Hybens, World Bank’s Director of Operations for Cameroon.

Both teams examined the project which consist of tarring and rehabilitating three major road networks in the country. This include the rehabilitation of the Mora-Dabanga-Kousseri road, the rehabilitation of the Babadjou-Bamenda road and the tarring of the Mora- Dabanga road.

A source from the Ministry of Public Works, says the Board of Directors of the World Bank on February 14, adopted Cameroon’s proposal to involve the military engineering unit commonly known as Genie Militaire in the Mora-Dabanga-Kousseri road project. To this effect the Ministry of Defence is expected to sign an agreement with the Public Works Ministry in other to determine the terms of collaboration on the said project.

Minister Nganou Ndoumessi told a press conference on February 14, that 321million of the 461.904 billion FCFA budget of the ministry will be used by the ministry for road construction and infrastructure projects. He said 118.857 billion was allocated for rehabilitation and maintenance of road and other infrastructures.

Government aims to tar 100km of roads every year though 271.4km will be tarred in 2017 and 2018 with 635km rehabilitated in 2017. Some of the major roads he cited include the Kumba-Mamfe road, Yaounde-Douala express road and the Kribi-Lolabe express way.

The Ministry of Public Works oversaw the completion of Phase I of the Djoum-Mintom-Congo border road, the Foumban-Manki 40km road which cost 22billion FCFA, the Bachuo Akakagbe-Mamfe-Ekok 83km road, the Zoetele-Nkolyop 30km road as well as the East entrance to the Douala port city.

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