Chadian President, Idriss Deby Itno and Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute have laid the foundation stone of a second bridge over the Logone River to facilitate exchanges between Cameroon and Chad.
The foundation stone for a 620 Metre long crossing to link the town of Bongor in Chad to Yagoua in Cameroon has was laid in Bongor.
The structure to cost 74 billion CFA francs will be funded by governments of Cameroon and Chad together with the African Development Bank and The European Union.
The bridge that will enhance economic exchange and reinforce subregional integration will be completed in January 2023.
The African Development Bank and European Union have already made available the sum of 30 millions Euros (about 20 Billion FCFA) for the start of construction works.
Background to the Yagoua-Bongor bridge
The project to construct a new bridge over the long to link both countries was discussed during the Cameroon-Chad mixed commission in 2010 in Yaounde.
The bridge is expected to boost exchanges between the two countries that share a 1094 km long common border.
The project for the construction of the execution of the Yagoua-Bongor bridge was signed on December 31, 2019 and a notification for the start of construction works was issued on January 13, 2020.
By laying the foundation stone, both countries have begun the materialization their dream to improve the living conditions of their respective peoples.
Economic Importance of Yagoua – Bongor bridge
The Chadian Minister of Transport and the Governor of the Mayo Kebi East Region of Chad, speaking in front of Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, personal representative of Head of State, Paul Biya and in the presence of President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad, saluted the advent of the bridge as a relief to the populations of Cameroon and Chad on both sides of the Logone river who use boats to cross to either sides of the river.
The bridge will in addition to reducing the close to 100 cases of drowning per year, help boost the economy of the lake Chad basin. It will promote the growth of agriculture and livestock breeding and consequently facilitate the integration in the area.
Time stood still for a moment along the banks of the Logone river as hundreds of Cameroonians and Chadian flags trembled in the sahelian wind and dance groups from both countries performed side by side.
The makeshift ceremonial ground for the event in Bongor was was full of people from both sides of the border who turned out for a common purpose; regional integration.