Batchenga-Ntui-Yoko-Lena-Tibati Road: Public Works Minister Inspects Construction Sites

The three-day tour to the 380.1km stretch along the National Road No. 15 by Minister Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi enabled him to assess the progress of work and give guidelines.

The Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi and the Secretary of State in charge of Roads, Armand Ndjodom are today March 6 rounding up a three-day inspection visit to the Batchenga-Ntui-Yoko-Lena-Tibati road construction site. The field trip according to an official statement of the Ministry of Public Works, was within the framework of the follow-up of road constructions works. It also enabled the Public Works boss to evaluate the progress of work and give guidelines for the completion within the contractual deadline. The first day of the visit took the Minister and his entourage to Lot one, Batchenga-Ntui stretch, measuring 21.3km. There, the Minister came face to face with the field reality noticing that only 40.17 per cent of the project has been realised, two years after the start of works. The main problem advanced by the contractor is the non-liberation of the project site by locals who are yet to be compensated for their property. The Minister stated that the procedure for indemnities to be paid to locals is ongoing. Other worries such as the delay in the payment of contractors’ bills were raised to the visiting Minister. Meanwhile, Minister Nganou Djoumessi congratulated some enterprises dedicated to the project and promised sanctions such as total cancellations of contracts for defaulting enterprises. The Bachenga-Ntui-Yoko-Lena-Tibati road project falls within the framework of the implementation of phase one and two of the support programme for the transport sector financed by the government of Cameroon, the African Development Bank, French Development Agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the tune of FCFA 360 billion. The construction of these sections of National Road No 15, linking the southern and northern parts of the country. The road is a bi booster to national economy diversification efforts and transit in the CEMAC zone. This is why the government is determined to densify communication infrastructure to boost trade and consolidate Cameroon’s position in the sub-region. The different lots are expected to be completed latest by 2020 everything being equal.

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