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Cameroon embarks on major road maintenance project for 2024

Cameroon embarks on major road maintenance project for 2024
  • Comments   -   Thursday, 22 February 2024 14:44

(Business in Cameroon) - Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Cameroon's Minister of Public Works, announced on February 19, 2024, the launch of a selective national tender only open to A, B, and C categorized companies within the road sector.

The move is aiming at the comfort maintenance of several key paved roads across the national network. The targeted routes include Bas falaise-Wak-Sala Bridge (National Road 1: 115 km), Gaklé-Mokolo (N1: 66.36 km), Bekoko-Loum-Nkongsamba-Nkam Bridge-Bafang-Bandja-Bandjoun (N5: 219 km), Bertoua (Bonis Central-Mandjou)-Ndokayo-Garoua Boulaï (N1: 256 km), Yaoundé-Pont Ndoupe-Dibamba Bridge (N3: 215 km), and Yaoundé (Ahala Interchange-Tropicana Roundabout-Friendship Crossroads-Nkoabang Crossroads)-Ayos-Bonis (N10: 329.18 km). These critical routes not only connect regional capitals with Yaoundé, the nation's capital, but also facilitate cross-border movement with neighboring countries.

"The works will be financed by both the budget of the Ministry of Public Works - the Road Fund line- and the public investment budget for 2024 and subsequent years, for a total of CFA51.5 billion," states the invitation to tender. According to Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, the work consists of comfort maintenance, including treatment of potholes, drainage and sanitation work, road-banking on all routes, work on engineering structures, rehabilitation of certain severely degraded areas, pavement work overall, and signposting and safety equipment. According to the member of the government, they will "give a new face to these routes and make it easier for users and goods to move around".

Interested companies are required to submit their bids through the Cameroon Online e-Procurement System (COLEPS), ensuring that the tendering process is fully digital and transparent.

For FY 2024, the Ministry of Public Works has earmarked CFA508 billion for roadworks, with a particular focus on upgrading National Roads 1, 3, 5, and 10, among others. This ambitious plan aims to expand the national road network, improve accessibility to the country's interior regions, and boost economic exchanges, signifying a major leap forward in Cameroon's infrastructure development agenda.

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