Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The last main projects of Fritz Ntone Ntone in Douala

The government delegate to the Urban Community of Douala, whose mandate should end after the municipal elections of February 9, 2020 and as soon as the regional elections are held, plans to leave a modern sub-regional metropolis turned towards the future.

With the entry into force, on December 24, 2019, of the General Code of Decentralized Territorial Collectivities, the 14 delegates of the government of Cameroon will soon reach the end of their mandate. Dr Fritz Ntone Ntone, government delegate to the Urban Community of Douala (CUD) is one of those personalities who will hand over the day after the municipal elections on February 9, 2020. On the occasion of the 12th collaboration platform between the CUD and the town halls of the departments of Wouri, he also delivered a sort of summary speech for the past six years. 

We note that the first magistrate of the main economic city of Cameroon is preparing to leave populations with revolutionary projects in areas as varied as roads, drainage, or housing. There is also the management of parking lots and markets, the fight against urban disorder and anti-socialism, the training of municipal police officers, the removal of household waste.

In addition to these actions which positively impact citizens on a daily basis, Dr Ntone Ntone has initiated major projects, the most prominent of which are the Douala Master Plan for Urban Planning (PDU) adopted on August 25, 2015, accompanied by an Occupation Plan of soil (POS) by 2025, as part of the major development strategy for Douala and its metropolitan area. A vast work site of 1 400 billion FCFA, the PDU plans to rehabilitate its historic center and its residential areas, create or consolidate secondary centers (development and reallocation of land at the crossroads, connection between administrations, shops and the river at Bonassama, construction of a sectoral town at Ngwele, Logbaba, Yassa, Bonamoussadi, PK 14-University), and the development of extension zones (Lendi, Ngombe, Japoma). 

Upgrading of infrastructure 

"In all these major projects , the strategy consists of upgrading infrastructure, better access to basic services for all, improving the living environment and attractiveness for greater competitiveness", points out Dr Fritz Ntone Ntone. The main needs of the city of Douala revolve around the construction of a fourth central hospital, four district hospitals, markets, bus stations, a palace of culture, an international conference center, cemeteries, two additional landfills, transport infrastructure, local facilities, the creation of green spaces, a university campus, etc.

The announced end of the Ntone era Ntone comes the day after the creation of two important urban structures. The Douala SA Metropolitan Investment Company (Smid), created in July 2018, is a mixed economy company managing the heritage of the city of Douala with a capital of 3.4 billion FCFA. As for Sedo SA, created on October 11, 2019, it has a capital of 1.02 billion FCFA. She is responsible for planning and management of the territory, support for the design of operational projects and studies, advice and support for setting up regulatory procedures, support in environmental expertise. 

Ultimate flagship project 

Among the revolutionary projects of the city of Douala, are prominently listed the rehabilitation of the New-Deido market for an envelope of 5.15 million FCFA, the construction of the Bonamoussadi market to the tune of 10.13 million FCFA, the construction of an urban forest and a leisure center in Besseke for a budget of 2.23 million FCFA. Also planned, the development of Ndokoti and Yassa into urban secondary centers at the rate of FCFA 80 and 58 billion respectively. Another major project planned is the construction of an Exhibition Center and an International Conference Center, with a cumulative value of 15 billion Fcfa. 

Dr Fritz Ntone Ntone returned to this major project which is one of the last in his capacity as government delegate to the Urban Community of Douala. “Our economic capital does not have a modern setting worthy of the name that can accommodate large conferences, seminars or exhibition fairs. It is therefore a question of providing Douala with an infrastructure that will make it a veritable modern regional metropolis turned towards the future in accordance with the wishes of the President of the Republic ”. 

Hans Simo, architect at the CUD lifts a veil on this project which experienced many implementation difficulties. “After strong land pressure on two first sites in the city of Douala, we requested and obtained from the Ministry of Domains, Cadastre and Land Affairs, a stake in this area of ​​public utility. Now there remains the management of evictions and compensation, ”he explains. It is now an area adjoining Place du Ngondo that will host the Douala International Exhibition and Conference Centers. On a total area of ​​31 hectares, of which 6 hectares will be occupied by the future gem. “It is on this constructible part that the infrastructure will be erected. Given the extension of the site on the dead branch of the Wouri,

550 billion FCFA 

According to Dr Fritz Ntone Ntone, after an inclusive and participative process, in line with the current realities of co-development and congestion of cities, Douala has adopted a new Master Plan and 6 land use plans covering the six borough municipalities that constitute it. "Douala now has two entities that will allow it to translate into reality the political will of the President of the Republic, which is to transform the city into a regional, modern, forward-looking metropolis," he said. 

Before adding: “by 2025, the city of Douala must accommodate an additional million inhabitants, forcing it to resort to other modes of urban management and regulation. The demographic evolution of Douala from 1960 to the present has gone from nearly 260,000 inhabitants to 1,992,000 in 2010 to reach more than 2,700,000 today. This demographic change was accompanied at the same time by a spatial expansion from 1,500 ha to 25,000 ha. Douala needs, by 2025, 1 400 billion FCFA. 550 billion FCFA will be used for income-generating projects. Hence the creation of Smid SA and Sedo SA to make this process a reality ”.