Road contracting companies without categorization certificates will lose the privilege to tender files for the award of contracts. The information was disclosed by the Prime Minister and Head of Government, Philemon Yang, in his capacity as Chairperson of the National Road Board, CONAROAD. He was speaking in Yaounde, Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the start of the 22nd session of the board which converged members on the main building of the Prime Ministry in Yaounde.
Prime Minister Yang seized the session billed to evaluate the preparedness of road infrastructure ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be proudly hosted by Cameroon, to announce the launch of categorization of actors in the road construction and rehabilitation sector. He added that it is one of the pipeline projects whose realization will soon see the light of day.
The innovation whose implementation will qualify actors into five categories, ranging from A-D, is programmed to begin in 2019. It is believed this will help regularize the road construction sector which stakeholders opine has been in an unexcused disarray.
Some of the participants at the board session boasted to have covered about 80% of work this far. Andrew Motanga Monjimba, Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council which hosts one of the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 play sites, noted that, “as far as the town I manage is concerned regarding preparations for AFCON 2019, about 80 percent of work expected has been done. Access roads have been created, you can move from any part of the town to the stadium with ease. Much has been done but the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has programmed other works to be done between now and the start of the game.”
For his part, the Permanent Secretary General of the Board, rejoiced that following the Prime Minister’s revelation, prospective companies will not forward files requesting to be awarded road contracts, without categorization certificates, beginning 2019. He went on to say it will cause a turnaround in the road transport sector, which he insinuated had been invaded by the corruption cankerworms.
The consultative body, CONAROAD, is charged with coordinating operations, projects, programs and policies in the road sector.
Meantime, this council session comes at a time when the National Union of Road Transporters is quaking with in-house fighting. The union is reportedly itchy to impede its National President, Simé Pierre , and get an interim President to replace him. Reports say they met in Yaounde last week to get an acting President and the meeting was aborted by elements of the Forces of Law and Order.
This 22nd CONAROAD meeting comes on the heels of appeals from different parts of the country for the Government to help their road networks which they say are begging for rehabilitation. As recurrent accidents have metamorphosed the road networks within the country into death traps, observers hope that the board members will not converge for allowances, but, will in deed strategize for better and safer roads.
By Claudia Nsono