The National Road Board of Cameroon has met in its 23rd session under the chairmanship of Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute.
The session holding via videoconferencing is the first session chaired by Prime Joseph Dion Ngute.
Members of the board observed that many road and infrastructural projects in Cameroon have been heavily delayed. Some projects on the other hand have cost way higher than normal because they had never attained the required level of maturation before they were awarded.
Consequently, their execution are retarded or impeded by issues related to expropriation of affected populations, improper technical studies and impact assessment as well as various other technical constraints.
This 23rd session also sought ways of contributing to the improvement of road projects in Cameroon.
The board meeting organized under the theme: “The maturation of road projects; key to the development of ROAD infrastructures in Cameroon was the point of focus with stakeholders shedding light on different aspects.”
During the session, the Minister of Public works: Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi presented Technical Studies as the core of the maturation of road projects in Cameroon.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Public Contracts, Ibrahim Talba Malla on his part presented the architecture of contract awards from the start to the end of the project.
Projects Executed Since 2018 Session
Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, Chairperson of the National Road Board said that since the previous meeting which held in 2018, Cameroon has recorded improvements in norms governing the award of public contracts, enforced public private partnerships and put in place a mechanism for the accelerated payment of expropriation rights.
The Head of Government, equally highlighted road projects which have been completed since the last meeting of the road board.
Some of the project include;
– The Djoum-Mintom road,
– The Kumba – Mamfe road,
– The Yoko – Lena stretch and engineering structures such as the brigades over the Wouri and the Sanaga.
– The improvement of security on driving licences
The Prime Minister regretted that other projects such as the Yaounde – Douala and the Yaounde – Nsimalen motorways, and the Nsangmelima – Ouesso stretch amongst others still suffer from poor maturation and other bottlenecks which have slowed down their execution.
Joseph Dion Ngute said the 23rd session of the national road board must contribute in dislodging the obstacles.