The Ministry of Public Works is seeking to double its road development output in 2023. To attain this, Minister Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi has told his staff, there is the need to instil discipline, and put to use all resources at their disposal.
The Ministry, he told them, “Must work more than in the past to find better ways to optimize the use of our resources…”
While doing so, he told heads of central ad decentralised services of his ministry in their January 2023 biannual conference, they must continue “being at the forefront of the innovations of our sector, whether in construction or maintenance.”
Going by l’Action newspaper, a target of 700 KM of road has been set by the ministry, to be worked on in 2023. The target figure, it adds, is nearly twice as much as what was attained in 2022 (935KM), and slightly less than the 778.6KM for 2021.
But attaining the task will not be a walk in the park. Among key challenges, is the aspect of security plaguing at least three of the ten regions across the country. Added to this, is the lack of desire of some contractors to put in effective service and fulfil terms of their contract, as well as corruption.
As of 2022, Cameroon could boast of 9,539 KM of paved roads, a figure that could exceed 10,000 if the Public Works Ministry’s plan goes as intended. According to l’Action, up to 92.5% of the road network across the entire country, remained unpaved by 2021.
Poise News Desk