In front of the Parliamentarians, the Cameroonian Minister of Urban Development and Habitat, Jean Claude Mbwentchou, announced that a batch of 1,520 social housing units will go on sale in the cities of Yaounde and Douala during 2017.
These housing units are part of the project to build 10,000 social housing units contained in the Growth and Jobs Strategy launched in 2010. However, the work has lagged considerably due to the financial situation of the companies awarded the contracts, which themselves accuse the State of not having made the disbursements with diligence.
As a reminder, the deficit in social housing in Cameroon is estimated at more than 1.2 million units by the end of 2015. As a result, access to housing in the country is increasingly expensive. In the opinion of the industrial engineer Gabin Babagnak, who has worked for years on this issue, Cameroonians leave half of their wage income in rent.