Irked by jerky implementation of contacts in the Southwest Region, the Resident Representative of African Development Bank, ADB, and his aides were on a field trip in Kumba, to have a more intimate feel of the setbacks to expedient implementation of ADB sponsored projects, particularly, the Kumba/Mamfe road, that has lately been experiencing funding transfer problems.
According to the Resident Representative of ADB in Cameroon, Racine Kane, it is an opportunity to share experiences, examine and evaluate the execution of all projects engaged in the country.
The Representative revealed that delay among others has greatly affected the execution of projects in the country.
“There are problems of delay in receiving and sending documents to ADB and procurement sites and ways to reinforce their projects.”
He, however, noted that so far, they are trying to improve on the quality of their services in Cameroon; since their problem is not the resources but the execution of projects. Nevertheless, with the assistance of MINEPAT, ADB will ameliorate the performance of its portfolio.
He noted that such colossal sums to be invested in Cameroon, will meetup with the objectives of the country.
The Resident Representative noted that most of the projects are concentrated in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of the country, which they hope, will link the two Regions through road infrastructures.
“Our main interest in Cameroon is infrastructure, especially in the transport sector. More than 60 percent of our portfolio is related to transport, sanitation projects as well as agricultural projects,” he noted.
He assured the population that ADB will continue to invest in Cameroon in order to promote governance, to reinforce kits in capacity building, particularly,in the public finance sector.
This information by the Resident Representative of ADB, Kane came against the backdrop of a two-day meeting from August 10 to 11 held in Kumba to brainstorm on ways forward for projects sponsored in the country general and the Southwest Region in particular.
The 41st quarterly meeting was chaired by Meme Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, Chamberlain Ntou’ou Ndong.
In his welcome address the SDO noted with great joy that his Division has benefited from the investments of ADB and as such on behalf of his people he thanked them for the construction of the Kumba-Mamfe road which already has visible results. He also alluded to the creation of a training program in biomedical equipment maintenance in Government Technical Teachers Training College Kumba amongst others.
The SDO also thanked the African Development Bank for the projects carried out in the country so far, especially, in the domain of road infrastructure and the provision of basic amenities.
The administrator said the construction of the Kumba-Mamfe road the Bamenda-Mamfe-Eko-Enugu road will not only link the Northwest and Southwest Regions but the country and the world at large.
Kumba-Mamfe Road to be completed in under a year
The Resident Representative has disclosed that Cameroon will benefit investment and financed projects next year to the tune of more than $1.5 billion, more than FCFA 800 billion.
The ADB Chieftain in Cameroon also disclosed that the ongoing Kumba-Mamfe road project will be completed in less than a year.
According to the Representative the road project, being one of their major projects in the country, falls within their goals of linking the Northwest to the Southwest Regions through road infrastructure.
It should be noted that this meeting took place barely two weeks after the visit to Cameroon of the President of the African Development Bank Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, when he lay the foundation block at the Lom-Pangar hydroelectric dam which will at full term produce 30 MW of electricity to supply 150 localities in the East Region.
By Ngende Esther Boh