The joint World Bank – Cameroon Government funded 70 billion CFAF Road project will be carried out by the Military Engineering Corps, for the first time.
The Mora-Dabanga-Kousseri road project along the National Road Number 1 links Cameroon to countries in the Central African Sub Region. These include Chad and Bangui as well as Nigeria.
The rehabilitation works were launched this March 1, 2018, in Kousseri in the Far North Region.
It was in the presence of the Public Works Minister Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi and Defence Minister, Joseph Beti Assomo. The launch follows an agreement that was signed between the Ministry of Public Works and that of Defence on April 5, 2018 in Yaounde to pass over the works to the Military Engineering Corps.
The stretch is subdivided into two parts. These are the Mora-Dabanga section, covering a distance of of 131.52km and the Dabanga-Kousseri section which is 72.75 km long. Upon completion, the 205-kilometre stretch is expected to ease traffic along the Douala-N’djamena and Douala-Bangui corridor.
Why the Military Engineering Corps?
It is the first time the military Engineering Corps has been given the visa to carry out a World Bank-funded project. However, the bid to rehabilitate the Mora-Dabanga-Kousseri stretch was initially won by a Chinese construction Company, but the works were unexpectedly interrupted in May 2014 due to the kidnap of ten Chinese workers near the town of Waza, 20 km (12 miles) from the Nigerian border by Boko Haram.
As a result, the World Bank gave its consent for the Military Engineering corps to resume rehabilitation works on the road.
Consequently, a security component has been detached to the area to ensure the safety of workers. In the meantime the Ministry of Public Works is expected to ensure that the works are carried out in strict respect of the technical specifications.
Melvis Kimbi Lu