When government conceived and matured the project to construct a dam, the most important measure put in place was to relocate the population around the construction site.
The new lom Pangar settling village was created in 2011.
The Lom Pangar village is situated some 30kms from the Lom Pangar Hydroelectic power plant.
At the time, fifty eight families were displaced and a number of amenities provided to ease resettlement.
More comfortable homes were built, a health centre to address the health needs of the people, a primary school and a market were also implanted.
Far from being satisfied with these provisions, a worship house for inter religious services for Christians and a mosque for the Muslim community.
The Lom Pangar project managers also ensured the provision of pipe bon water in the new village to avoid the spread of water bon diseases.
Agriculture, fishing and trade are the principal activities of the people of the new village.
The settlers’ village has become a major economic and social attraction to neighbouring villages because of the modern facilities provided to make the people more comfortable.
However, the Lom Pangar settlers’ village which started with fifty eight families now has a growing population of over seven hundred people.
The population increase now calls for more facilities and especially land which is cause for frequent disputes amongst the population.
The Lom Pangar settling village
The Lom Pangar Hydroelectric Dam Project
The Lom Pangar Dam is an ongoing project to reinforce electricity supply in Cameroon. The project is being realised on the Lom River, 88 kilometres north of Bertoua in the East Region of Cameroon.
The project was not only conceived to increase hydroelectric power supply but also to regulate water flow along the Sanaga River.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie