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Cameroon – Omnisports Stadia: The stadia to be delivered in February 2017!

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Written by Deckson N.

Not in good terms with FECAFOOT for some time now, the CEO of Prime Protomac reassures that works will continue.

There shall be resumption of work after weeks of battles through the media. The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) and Prime Protomac, the company designated to build artificial turf stadia in Bamenda, Bangangté, Bafia, and Sangmélima, have smoothed their differences. Work will continue in the various sites.

The announcement was made by the American constructor. Ben Modo, the CEO of Prime Protomac was on September 25, 2016 the guest of the Tribune du Sport, a Sunday program on Voxafrica TV channel. “There were differences. We understood and now we need to continue works, “said Ben Modo.

Not wishing to return to the points of divergence with FECAFOOT, he instead announced a new date for delivery of work whose total cost is around 3.5 billion FCFA. “We promise to have these stadia by February 2017“, reassured Ben Modo.

A change which somewhat intrigued Philippe Boney, the presenter of the program and his consultant Thierry Metomo. The issue is that, some days earlier, Ben Modo went to seek the intervention of the CONAC (National Anti-Corruption Commission) in this case. If unofficially, sources close to the constructor spoke of misunderstanding about subcontractors, officially Ben Modo said, “we asked for a bank guarantee to ensure the settlement of our bill at the end of the work, something that FECAFOOT has not done.

In its September 13 issue, L’Œil du Sahel, knowledgeable about the case, revealed that “it was only under the guarantee required, that FECAFOOT had made an initial deposit of 782 million CFA with the Cameroonian Bank Small and Medium Enterprises. This sum was likely to be completed by a second payment a few days later for an amount of just over 800 million FCFA. The total amount of 1.6 billion FCFA, was to form the required bond. No further payment was done by FECAFOOT. “

For its part, FECAFOOT claimed to have seen a more than slow progress of works. Responding to a journalist’s question at the end of the Executive Committee meeting on 5 September in Limbe, the President of FECAFOOT  said: “We signed a contract with an operator. But we found that the pace of work is not as we hoped. That’s why we put a committee to do monitoring” said Tombi a Roko Sidiki.

It must be said that after the laying of the first stone in April, the work has not changed much in five months. Everything seems to be back to normal after a meeting between the two parties.

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