19 March 2019

Cameroon: Douala - Emergency Projects On Right Footing

Despite Difficulties, contractors are determined to complete works.

Curtains drop on Friday 15 March 2019 on the three days working visit of the Delegation from the Ministry of Public Contracts (MINMAP) to the economic Capital Douala. The visit, that took the minister and his delegation to some projects sites in Douala, was aimed at evaluated the level of works so far. Day three and last day of the visit saw the Inspector General of the Ministry of Public contracts Felix Ngounou visiting some projects in the three year Emergency plan package that was launched some years back.

The inspector general visited development works of rainwater drainage channels in Tongo'a Bassa, Mbanya, Kondi, Bonassama and Bonne Courses in the Douala municipality. The project is owned by the Douala City Council, and authorities revealed that works on all the different rainwater drainage channels were at 87.09%. While at the construction site of the 50km road from Bonepoupa-Yabassi work was on course. The CFA 1, 709 165 560 which is expected to last for about four years has been ongoing for the past two years and so far the execution rate is at 20.01%. Authorities here complain of 11 months of non payment while the contractor regretted that they were yet to receive payment amongst others. The inspector general Felix Ngounou also visited the construction site of the 45km road from Douala- Bonepoupa where construction works was also on course and the execution rate was at 24.50%.

All contractors at the different sites complained of late payment of bills which to them retards the advancement of works. The various contractors expressed their determination to take the works to the end. At the end of the visit the inspector general encouraged workers to proceed with the works. He sounded satisfied with the advancement of the works so far. He congratulated the workers for their determination in completing the projects despite difficulties encountered. It should be recalled that the Three Year Emergency Plan Projects was put in place to meet the economic and social needs of the population and make life better for the citizenry.

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