Mora-Dabanga-Kousseri Road: Security Follow up Committee At Work
The first session of the Security Follow up Committee of the Works took place in Yaounde on December 11, 2018.
The Security Follow up Committee on the Works of the Rehabilitation of National Road N°. 1, the Mora-Dabanga-Kousseri section created by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya is already deployed on the field to ensure a hitch-free construction of the 205 km road.
The Committee chaired by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, had its first session at the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The mission of the committee is to supervise and coordinate the security follow up of the road project that is being constructed by the Military Engineering Corps following a collaboration agreement signed between the Ministry of Defence and that of Public Works on May 5, 2018.
Minister Beti Assomo in his opening statement said the Cameroon government with the support of the World Bank within the framework of the Transit and Transport Facilitation Project in the CEMAC zone engaged to rehabilitate National Road N°1 between Maroua and Kousseri. Since 2013 the Far North Region has been witnessing security challenges caused by Boko Haram terrorist activities and repressals from governments of the sub-region. Due to the insecurity, work on the Mora-Dabanga and Dabanga-Kousseri sections of the road of 205 km was interrupted and the contract cancelled. Considering the importance of the road in the Douala- N’Djamena road corridor for the sub-regional integration, government decided to hand over the construction of the road to the Military Engineering Corps. Talking to the press after the session, the Director of the Military Engineering Corps, Colonel Kamgain Jackson, reiterated the declaration of the Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi who is Vice Chairperson of the Committee that the construction project is programmed to last for 26 months. He said the project was launched in March 2018 but funds arrived in early June already in the rainy season thereby retarding the work. However, he said, work effectively started in October 2018. The project is estimated to cost FCFA 70 billion. It is divided into three parts. There will be the complete construction of the road in the first two parts that are Mora-Waza and Dabanga-Kousseri. The last part which is the middle part is Waza-Dabanga where coverts are to be constructed, Colonel Kamgain specified.
The Governor of the Far North Region is the Chairperson of the sub-committee.