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Public Works Ministry Reviews Ongoing Road Projects in Southwest Region

by Atlantic Chronicles

The state of ongoing road projects in the Southwest Region has come under review.

This was the substance of a meeting chaired by the Minister of Public Works Wednesday, March 29.

The consultation meeting focused on the construction, maintenance, and road clearance of certain priority projects in the Southwest Region.

The Melong- Bangem, Bekoko-Limbe-Idenau, Man O’war Bey- Bimbia-Dikolo, Bwiteva-Bokova–Bonakanda-Bova-Buea Town – Governors Junction, and the maintenance works along the Bachuou Akagbe-Mamfe-Ekok stretch of road which was completed and handed over to the project owner, which is now under maintenance, was the subject of the meeting held in Yaoundé.

It was gathered that due to insecurity in the area, contractors lost some of their workers, thus, pleaded for more time to complete the work.

For the section Bachou-Akagbe-Bokwa-Numba to Nchang-Ekok, the stretch is undergoing shoulders and roadside clearing.

The stretch Bwiteva-Bokova–Bonakanda-Bova-Buea Town – Governors Junction, has been handed over to Jerry SARL while the control mission is NSM & FILS SARL. The progress of work stands at 30℅.

Officials say looking at the scope of the project, there is a need to organise seminars for the stakeholder’s Mayors, contractors, and others to come together and ensure good work quality control.

It should be noted that, in the section Nfaitock-Bachou Akagbe, the contract is handed to Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Group Co Ltd (JTEGC) and the control mission was Cima International.

“They had corrections to handle due to the poor bearing capacity of the materials used for the road foundation sub-based plus the thickness,” said the Divisional Delegate for Manyu, Mba Kawo Dingbobga

“For the general remarks, difficulties encountered were enormous such as lack of electricity, public works working property needs urgent protection, and the construction of a bridge to link Egbekaw and Nchang village is pending due to the suspension of the construction company. Another hindrance is that the divisions have already started witnessing the output of rain” said the Ministry of Public Works.

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