Residents of Douala will soon enjoy one of their long-awaited development projects. Work on a section of the Boulevard de la République in Akwa Nord in the port city is expected to be completed by June this year. The Director of the Military Engineering Corps, Col. Jackson Kamgain, made the disclosure during a visit on April 8, 2016, to the site by the Government Delegate to the Douala City Council, DCC, Fritz Ntone Ntone.
Already, 10 per cent of the work has been executed. According to men of the Military Engineering Corps, one of the two lanes of the road will be surfaced with tar by the set date. Presently, the corps is working almost round-the-clock in order to finish the lane before downpours resume. Persistent downpours have in the past slowed down the rate of work. The stretch where work is going on is an extension of the Boulevard de la République. The project was prompted by regular gridlocks that plagued the area at all times of the year.
Among the eight projects the Government Delegate and the City Council delegation visited, the three in Nyalla, Akwa Nord and Japoma, are being handled by the Military Engineering Corps. At PK10, 60 per cent of work on the Hysacam dump site has been executed. The project consists in creating an access road from the entrance to the dump so that waste is can be dumped further inside and away from the road. DCC technicians recommended that the road be expanded to allow for two trucks to bypass easily.
The delegation also made a stopover at Youpwe where four secondary roads are being rehabilitated. Over 90 per cent of the work has been done. Presently, concrete walls on gutters are being laid, which is the most difficult stage according to site technicians. The rehabilitated roads are expected to boost activities at the Youpwe Fresh Fish Market and the Sawa Beach Project that is expected to kick off soon. Those travelling to and from Manoka in Douala VI Subdivision are also expected to benefit from the public works projects. The delegation also visited other project sites in Bonanjo, such as Government Primary School “Petit Joss,” where renovation is complete.