(Business in Cameroon) - In a decision signed on January 15, the Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, announced the termination of contracts awarded in 2016 to Soroubat and Bet Comete International.
These contracts, worth CFA38.2 billion, concern the supervision and construction of the Ekondo Titi-Kumba road (60 km) in the South-West region. They were terminated due to "force majeure" resulting from insecurity in the region, which led to attacks on company workers and vandalism of equipment, resulting in loss of life.
The road construction contract was awarded to the Tunisian company Soroubat, while Bet Comete International was responsible for overseeing and technically monitoring the construction works as part of the three-year emergency plan to accelerate economic growth in Cameroon. The responsibility for the project has been transferred to the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) since last year, incurring a cost of CFA40 billion. “However, the presence of this unit for the execution of services covered by contracts constitutes a formal defect, hence these terminations", explains a source at the Ministry of Public Works.
The termination, in effect since May 2018, provides an avenue for addressing any potential claims by Soroubat and Bet Comete International. The Ministry of Public Works states that both parties will engage in a collaborative settlement process outlined in a protocol agreement.