Cameroon Tribune -Emmanuel Kendemeh – 9/28/09
The FCFA 31 billion 63-km road took over 32 months to be constructed.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang on September 25 in Bombe Bakundu, Mbonge Subdivision in Meme Division inaugurated the 63 km tarred road that henceforth links Kumba, the economic nerve centre of the South West Region to the capital Buea and finally to Cameroon’s economic capital city Douala. Present to witness the historic inauguration of the seven metres wide road that conforms with international standards, were the former Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni, some members of government, members of the diplomatic corps, South West administration led by Governor Eyeya Zanga Louis and an enthusiastic population.
Happy that the hitherto nightmare of travelling from Kumba to Muea was over, the population expressed their gratitude through their massive turn out and promised more loyalty to State institutions. On behalf of the population, the traditional rulers handed the South West traditional attire to the Prime Minister. The SOGEA-SATOM company under the technical supervision of DHV Consultants started construction work on March 7, 2007. Over 99 percent of the work has been done and finishing touches will be completed this November. Besides the road, the population has also benefited from the construction of 18 classrooms and drilled water points.
The Prime Minister, Philemon Yang in his inauguration speech said a few years ago, the Mutengene-Kumba road was a nightmare to travellers and made difficult the movement of people and goods between the other parts of the South West to the regional capital, Buea. The situation, he said, became unacceptable and government decided to rehabilitate the 12km Mutengene-Muea stretch of the road with its own funds. With the assistance of the European Union Commission, work on the Muea-Kumba section of the road started on March 7, 2007.
“The construction of this road of about 63km cost FCFA 31 billion and its execution has been possible thanks to government’s decisive determination and European Union assistance”, Mr Yang said.
The inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister described, “is evidence that patience and loyalty to State institutions always bring peace and economic development”. Philemon Yang reminded the population that government investment in roads and other infrastructure requires incalculable sacrifices, stating, “I appeal to road users and transporters to respect traffic regulations, so that our roads last longer and do not become a source of death and grave injury, because of reckless driving”. The South West population, Mr Yang implored, “should take advantage of the new road and redouble your efforts in enhancing the economic development of your region”.
More Road Projects
The Muea-Kumba road has temporarily ended at the entrance into Kumba city due to budgetary constraints, the Prime Minister said but assured, “the President of the Republic has instructed the government to seek funding to finance the construction into the Kumba city”. He called on the Kumba population to wait for the rains to end for the urban section of the road to be constructed. Mr Yang also mentioned the on-going construction work on the Bachuo-Akagbe-Numba road, and equally disclosed that work will begin soon on the Ekok-Mamfe and Numba-Bamenda road. He said studies were on-going on the Loum-Kumba-Mbonge-Mundemba-Isangele-Akwa road.
The Ambassador of the European Union Commission to Cameroon, Javier Puyol said the Muea-Kumba road was important as it links Kumba to the rest of Cameroon and also part of the access way to Nigeria whose 140 million inhabitants constitute a huge market for Cameroon’s agricultural products. Mr Puyol announced that studies will soon start on the Kumba-Mamfe road, stating that the government and the European Union Commission had already provided the funds.
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