The Steering Committee of the Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the Northwest and Southwest regions, PPRD-NW/SW and the project’s National Coordinator have reviewed achievements of the scheme 18 months on.
The key realisations of the project this far was the subject of a Steering Committee meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Yaoundé on Friday June 8. It was the fourth session of the Committee.
The chairperson of the Committee, the Minister, Director of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, Bulungeli Ebune Confiance chaired the meeting. This was in the presence of members of government, representative of some diplomatic missions and other organisations that have been supportive of the project.
While hailing stakeholders at the meeting, the Chairperson of the PPRD-NW/SW Steering Committee expressed delight at what has already been done in the two regions. He reiterated that since the crisis in the two regions, no friend of Cameroon or any country across the globe has endorsed the dream of separatist to split Cameroon. Ebune Confiance said all countries have condemned and rejected any attempt to split Cameroon.
After the meeting which was in-camera, the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program, UNDP, in Cameroon, Jean Luc Stalon, faced the press. The UNDP is the implementing partner of the PPRD-NW/SW. Stalon said he was delighted in the gains made since 2020. He said major gains have been made in terms of reviving the economy of the Northwest and Southwest regions.
What followed next was a presser organised by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, MINEPAT, Paul Njukang Tasong. Minister Tasong is the National Coordinator of the PPRD-NW/SW.
Speaking during the press conference, Minister Paul Tasong disclosed that, in 18 months, 19 water points have been rehabilitated thereby enabling over 174,000 people to have access to potable water. The Coordinator talked of 16 health centres rehabilitated now providing healthcare to 5,451 persons; over 7000 students and teachers now have access to good learning space with some 22 schools rehabilitated.
He also talked of over 48,000 persons now being serviced by four rehabilitated bridges; 8000 lost documents recovered; over 60 insider mediators trained to enhance community peace; 12 social and cultural festivals and events staged to revive social cohesion across the Northwest and Southwest regions; over 126,500 persons have benefitted from some five community centres already renewed.
The figures presented also talked of over 2,402 farmers who have received farm equipment and tools; 40 greenhouses erected to boost food production; 53 stores transformed to revive economic activities; 120 young start-uppers trained, mentored and given funding. He also talked of 47 cooperatives that have received intensive support to enhance agricultural production.
While restating that President Paul Biya is very committed to see the complete implementation of the project, Minister, Paul Tasong disclosed that, government is sourcing for more funding to ensure her desires for recovery in the two regions are met.
He talked of President Biya having ordered for an extra 10 billion FCFA funding plus a loan of FCFA 20 billion already being negotiated with the Islamic Development Bank.
The National Coordinator also said, the cost of the project has been reviewed upwards to over 100 billion FCFA, up from the previous 89 billion. While urging partners and friends of Cameroon to support the project, Minister Tasong stated that government has the capacity to ensure the Northwest and Southwest region recover totally.