Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: Public Works Minister Bamenda-Babadjou Road Project Still Alive

Tronçon Babadjou-Bamenda

The Minister of Public Works Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi says the project for the tarring of the Babadjou-Bamenda road stretch is still a priority for the government despite the security challenges, The Post has reported.

Minister Nganou gave the assurances on June 10 in Yaoundé as he opened a three-day evaluation meeting to assess the execution of some 78 road projects across the country.

According to the Minister, works will advance from the Babadjou end of the stretch in the West Region which has no security problem. The minister said the road will be constructed in due time.

He said a World Bank-ordered social impact assessment of the project is on course. A local consultancy firm is doing the assessment.

“After the assessment, if the outcome is positive, which I think it will be, works will immediately begin from the Up Station (Bamenda) end of the stretch,” Nganou Djoumessi said.

The result of the study is expected to be ready this Saturday, June 15, 2019.

The public works boss said special measures will be taken to beat the security threat in the North West Region as the government is determined in its development drive and to enable the population to enjoy good roads.

He called on the population to remain calm and rest assured the road will be done. The North West Regional Delegate of Public Works, Forsuh Wilfred Jing said the Ring Road in the North West Region is passable from all directions, but for some bridges that have been destroyed by armed separatists.

He cited bridges destroyed in Bamali and Ndop. Jing did not give the total number of bridges which have been cut off. Government plans to reconstruct the destroyed bridges as feasibility studies are ongoing. The North West Region has a total of 4,200km of the road network, 350km of which are paved.

Stakeholders amongst others examined some 78 road infrastructure projects being executed. Of the projects, 38 are major roads, two concerns expressways, 23 related to the execution of peripheral road works, five concerns the maintenance of communal road networks, 5 related to the maintenance of National Road No. 1, 3 and 5.

Two others concern the change of culverts. Other road projects which came under review include the Batchenga-Ntui-Yoko-Lena-Tibati road, Maroua-Bogo road, and Yaounde Douala road.

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