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Work on Kumba streets abandoned as FCFA 530 million ‘disappears’

Work is yet to begin on some major bumpy streets across Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon one year since government announced Prompt financial interventions worth over FCFA 530 milion.

Kumba roads

But for some minimal work that has been done on the road ‘RTC Junction to Bonakama’, no visible sign has been witnessed anywhere around Kumba for any of such work.

In late 2017, government through the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, MINEPAT made public the allocation of such funds.

FCFA 366million was allocated for rehabilitation works on the stretch “CPDM Hall Junction to the SDO’s Residence”. Then there was another FCFA 166.7million allocated for the RTC Bonakama road axis. Added to these, government made available FCFA 36 million and FCFA 16 million to cover the cost of monitoring the roads respectively.

Talking on the issue in the euphoria of the allocation the prefect for Meme Chameberlin Ntou’ou Ndong said “before the end of 2018, we are going to have roads tarred across Kumba, for now we are sure of the roads CPDM party house to SDO’s residence, Endeley Street, High Court Road, RTC-Bonakama. There is also Alaska Street but the problem is that we have a stream across to Kumba II”. Ntou’ou Ndong assured.

Barely flour months left to the end of the 2018, the population has become jittery over the realization of such projects. The financial year in Cameroon for all public projects ends on November 30.

On July 19 this year, the committee charged with the monitoring of public investment projects had issued a two weeks deadline for Kumba City Council; the project owner to clarify the challenge facing the projects. The time has elapsed and there are still no changes on the field.

A source within MINEPAT hinted The National Times on condition of anonymity that, a contractor was awarded the project at the level of Yaounde. The lady in question is said to have rushed to Kumba, engaged paper works and disappeared.

Unconfirmed reports hold that, she is not even responding to calls from stakeholders in the project to update on the challenges involved.

Coupled with the current security challenges in the atmosphere, public anger and fear that the intention of government could be frustrated are somewhat hidden. The fear across the board in Kumba is that, the money should not end up in private pockets while the population keeps on suffering.

Such happenstances are recurrent. A few years back, government invested hundreds of millions to extend water to the headquarters of Kumba III sub Division, Mambanda. Yet political intrigues, administrative bottle necks and non-respect of budgeting procedure frustrated the project. Till date Mambanda is still facing serious water problems.

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