Following the numerous complaints about the bad nature of the Kumba Ekondo Titi stretch of road, slow pace of construction and rumours of abandonment of work by ‘Sourobat’ Company, its director has reassured users that construction work has resumed.
The Tunisian road construction company has announced that by April 2018, they must have attained a 50 percent realization rate of work done.
This assurance was made public on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, to the Governor of the Southwest Region Bernard Okalia Bilai and his entourage as they paid a working visit to the construction site and equipment pool at Small Ekombe village during his just ended administrative and security coordination meeting to Kumba.
Addressing the press shortly after a technical presentation of the situation by the head of the company, the Governor said: “we came to see how work is going. We are satisfied that work has actually resumed.” He further explained that, “the company has told us the work was delayed because of the heavy and extended period of the rains this year. But the company is promising that by March to April they will obtain a 50 percent execution of work done.”
In order for the company to meet up with their promises of execution, the Governor equally used the media present to appeal to the people of the Southwest and particularly to the people of the area concerned to ensure a safe working environment for the workers.
“We know that recently there are a lot of threats and if those people are threatened, work will not continue. That is why I came with all my stakeholders to reassure the population that they are secured.” He said the Government that initiated the project is ever determined to develop the Region together with support of the population.
Talking to the chiefs of Small Ekombe H.R.H. Lawrence Kombe expressed satisfaction. “Seeing the calibre of dignitaries present here, we are very happy. From today, we expect to see a different colour of the road and of course a different colour of the village. My people at first thought this company was joking because of the numerous postponements but seeing this visit today they are assured the work is a reality,” Chief Kombe added.
Though ‘Sourobat’ is so confident of 50 percent delivery by April, critics hold that this promise might not be fulfilled, given that statistics revealed by Wallington Tanyi Tanyi, Regional Delegate of Public Works holds the company with eight percent work done so far as of November 29, 2017 with 48 percent time already consumed. This therefore means that for the company to meet up with work and time, they must employ more workers and will have to work 24/7 daily till April.
By Ngende Esther