The Government of Cameroon is concerned about the delay in construction of the first phase of the Yaoundé-Douala motorway, which will link the two capitals of the country.
At least, this is what emerged from a meeting recently organized by the Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, with the officials of China First Highway Engineering Co Ltd (CFHEC), who won the contract for the construction of 60 kilometers (km) of this highway infrastructure.
Indeed, it was learned, after consuming 32 months out of the 48 months planned for the delivery of the first phase of this project, CFHEC was able to carry out the work only 40% at the end of June, compared with 30% on 31 January.
Clearly, during the last six months, work on the construction site of this motorway has increased by only 10%, because of the difficulties which even led to its total shutdown for some time. The misconduct, it is said, with delays is attributable more to the State itself than to the Chinese company responsible for carrying out this project.
Among the obstacles hampering the work of this motorway are the payment of homeopathic payment of Cameroon’s counterpart, and the non-release of rights-of-way over several kilometers to be constructed due to delays in payment compensation for the populations to be displaced.
As a reminder, the project to build the Yaoundé-Douala motorway aims to build a modern road network of approximately 215 km between the two most important cities of Cameroon. The overall cost of the works is estimated at 284 billion CFA francs.