Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Reconstruction of the Northwest Regions: These are the Government's Priorities

Road, health and school infrastructure are in the crosshairs of this reconstruction program for the North-West and South-West regions set up by the President of the Republic.

Paul Tassong, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, recently appointed Coordinator of the reconstruction plan for the two English-speaking regions, gave some key elements that will guide this government initiative.

In his interview with the English-language newspaper, The Guardian Post, the Coordinator of this body created by the President of the Republic informs that "? 600 km of rural roads will be paved, 400 water points are to be built, 350 schools , 115 hospitals, 40 bridges, 12,000 private homes, 5,000 kilometers of low voltage power line? ” are to be redone. 

The elite of the Lebialem department (stronghold of the separatists) who will carry out this work will also have to rehabilitate the two largest food companies in English-speaking regions, including CDC, the second employer after the state with 20,000 employees and which today is located in bankruptcy. Its rehabilitation requires an average of 70 billion according to its Director General.

PAMOIL, less affected by the crisis, requests nearly 9 billion FCFA. 

To date, the reconstruction plan for the two regions has no known official budget, but the National Communication Secretary of the CPDM, Jacques Fame Ndongo had counted on 3,500 billion FCFA in an interview with RFI in December 2019.