Socio-economic development : Low-cost housing in Triennial Plan

On 9th December 2014, the Head of State, H.E. Paul Biya chaired the Council of Ministers during which he announced the guidelines for a Three-year (Triennial) Emergency Plan.

The Three-year Plan to run from 2015 to 2017 focused on seven priorities areas: agriculture, urban planning, health, road infrastructure, energy, potable water and security, to be financed with an estimated 925 billion CFAF.

Following the Head of State’s instructions, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang on 19th December 2014 oversaw the signing of agreements between the State of Cameroon and partner banks for financing the triennial emergency plan.

In the sector of urban planning, the plan stated the construction of 1,000 low cost houses in eight of the ten regional capitals of the country (excluding Douala and Yaounde).

The rehabilitation of public lighting and secondary roads in Yaounde and Douala were other projects included in the urban planning project.

During the February 2018 Cabinet Meeting held on 1st March 2018, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Jean Claude Mbwentchou presented a report on the progress of the project.

Minister Jean Claude Mbwentchou said a total of 800 houses (100 houses per region excluding Douala and Yaounde), are already under construction.

He added that public facilities including a primary and nursery school, a health centre, a supermarket, offices and play grounds will be added to these grounds.

The Housing and Urban Development Minister stated that the execution rate of the project varies from one region to another.

In Ebolowa for example, 92% of the work has been carried out while the general trend is 35% in the other six towns but for Bamenda.

Minister Jean Claude Mbwentchou discussed difficulties encountered on the field including insecurity in some regions and bad topography of some sites.

He however indicated that the project will be complete by the end of 2018.

After listening to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Prime Minister Philemon Yang reiterated the need to speed up the work.

He also called on the Minister to submit the strategy to be used to cede the houses to deserving Cameroonians.

Eleanor Ayuketah

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