The mayors of the Cameroonian municipalities of Fongo Tongo and Poli are participating this week in the meeting of the Association of Mining Municipalities (Association des communes minières – ACOM) of France, which is held in Nancy, revealed the site of the French regional newspaper La Voix du Nord.
As a prelude to this meeting, the two elected Cameroonians visited the commune of Barlin, which was a breeding ground for the exploitation of coal in the Hexagon. According to our source, these two mayors do not despair of being able to form partnerships, or even to “find donors” during these national meetings of ACOM France.
“We want to share with our French colleagues their experience of reconversion, to foresee the subjects we will have to deal with once the mines are closed (as in the commune of Barlin, Editor’s note),” said Sadou Yaouba.
The town of Fongo Tongo, located in the western region of Cameroon, is home to an important bauxite deposit, which is expected to be exploited for years. At Poli, a commune in the northern region of the country, is a uranium deposit that was discovered by mining explorers several years ago.