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Second Wouri Bridge:When will construction be finally declared completed?

Minister Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi in charge of civil works, gathered on Wednesday 18 November 2015, the different stakeholders in the construction of the second bridge linking the economic capitale Douala to its industrial suburb Bonabéri.

President Paul Biya himself had, on 14 November 2013, laid the cornerstone of this project explaining it was urgent to build it to "facilitate exchanges between both banks of the Wouri river". An emergency that the then-Civil Works Minister Patrice Amba Salla, has estimated would take 44 months of work.

A little over 24 months later, only 45% of the works have been completed. The challenges increased for the group of companies selected for the work. A barge which, in January 2015, caused an incident, then delays in eviction operations and sometimes agitations within the workforce who were requesting improvements in the work conditions and salaries.

Minister Djoumessi took the decision to set up a reporting schedule which will be used to monitor the project and identify actions in chronological order. He also invited all stakeholders to fully play their part in the project.

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