Cameron will take partial delivery of the 167.22 km Lena-Tibati-Ngatt road section

(Business in Cameroon) – The Minister of Public Works (Mintp) Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi must take delivery of part of the Lena-Tibati-Ngatt road section, 167.22 km long, today March 10, 2022.

The road section concerned is part of national road No. 15 (Batchenga-Ngaoundéré) which connects the Center region to Ngaoundéré, Adamaoua.

The road section cost XAF 73.4 billion. Its provisional acceptance comes after the delivery of the Batchenga-Ntui section (21.3 km) which cost 34.52 billion FCFA and was delivered in December 2020. It also comes after the delivery of the Yoko-Léna section (45.241 km) which cost 23.39 FCFA. billion, and was delivered in February 2020.

A total of 233.7 kilometers of road sections have been delivered on the Batchenga-Ngaoundéré corridor.

Several sections (78.8 kilometers in total) are still under construction. They include Lot 2 A Ntui-Ndjolé (60 km) [with 73 km of communal roads] and Lot 2 B Ndjolé-Mankim (36.7 km) whose works were entrusted to China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation (CR20) at the end of 2021.

The company is already on site to take over the construction works that have been withdrawn from the Portuguese company Elevolution Engenharia SA (Elevo). The contract is valued at 60 billion XAF [for works to be delivered in 24 months] but the Chinese firm received nearly XAF 11.8 billion in cash advances.

The Mankim-Yoko section (82.10 km) is currently under construction by Elevo for an amount of 46.14 billion FCFA with the Cira SA/Bec la Routière consortium as technical contractor.

According to the Ministry of Public Works, to complete the Batchenga-Ngaoundéré corridor, the Ngatt-Ngaoundéré section (185 km) must be paved. In this context, the government is discussing the mobilization of joint funding from the Cameroonian State-Islamic Development Bank-European Union.

The Ministry of Public Works explains that the Batchenga-Ntui-Yoko-Tibati-Ngaoundéré road is an important north-south trade route linking the capital Yaoundé to the Centre, South, Adamaoua, North and Far North. . Thanks to a network of tracks connected to the highway, it will also provide access to several towns and villages.

Sylvain Andzongo

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