Despite insecurity, Cameroon’s Military vows to complete work on FCFA 70 billion Mora-Dabanga-Kousséri Road
Mora (National Tims)-The Engineering Corps of Cameroon’s military known as GENIMILITAIRE has vowed to complete rehabilitation works on the 205 Km Mora-Dabanga-Kouseri Roads.
The assurance is coming over a year after it took over the road works from a Chinese firm that reclined owing to security threats.
Colonel Jackson Kamgain, Director of the GENIMILITAIRE gave the assurances to the public at the launching of the second phase of works on the road on Saturday, October 27 in Mora.
Kamgain told reporters that “we have the main bases that are already mobilised, especially those of Mora and Maroua. We have 200 men settled in Waza. We are also gaining strength with Siaba and Dabanga bases.”
The Colonel maintained that the road will be rehabilitated in respect of the seven meters width prescribed in the contract document.
The FCFA 70 billion road rehabilitation project is co-financed by the World Bank and the Government of Cameroon. It covers three stretches viz; Mora-Waza, Waza-Dabanga, Dabanga Kouseri stretches.
The road is an important trade route with links to Djamena in Tchad and Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR). The road holds the potential to accelerate Regional integration. Its rehabilitation will ease the mobility of goods and persons between Cameroon and the landlocked countries.
In March 2017, the military corps was brought in to take over the project after the Chinese firm which initially won the contract backed out owing to security threats from Boko Haram. A host of Chinese nationals suffered abductions while working on the road.
The project was initially expected to last 24 months but it is likely to last beyond this period given some adjustments on the project outline.
The road axis Mora-Dabanga-Kouseri is Cameroon’s national road No.1. It has been a headache to Government and development partners given the challenges which insecurity posed to its realisation. Cameroon’s economy remains the tranquilizer of the CEMAC Sub-Region given its strategic location