The rehabilitation of the 124-meter Mayo Limani Bridge in Cameroon has been completed. The news about the bridge which connects Limani (Far North) to the Amchidé-Bankim corridor, a road linking Cameroon and Nigeria, were revealed by Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi. The latter is the West African country’s Minister of Public Works.
The project was carried out by Coma Sarl at a cost of approximately 1.4 billion FCFA. It comprised the construction of a general slab in cyclopean concrete over 42.5 ml. In addition, it included the construction and development of the access roads as well as drainage and embankments protection systems.
The reconstruction of the Mayo Limani Bridge in Cameroon
The bridge was reportedly damaged in 2015 during battles between the Cameroonian military and Boko Haram militants “who sought to damage trade with Nigeria and Chad.” That same year Cameroon spent approximately $3 million to rebuild the bridge. Unfortunately, the project was not completed as Boko Haram militants chased construction workers away.
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Reconstruction of the Mayo Limani Bridge resumed in 2018. This time troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (MNJTF) protected the workers. MNJTF has troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
Pledge to rebuilt infrastructure destroyed in battles with Boko Haram
According to the Cameroonian Minister of Public Works, President Paul Biya is determined to rebuilt infrastructure destroyed in battles with Boko Haram. Djoumessi said by constructing roads and bridges, commercial exchanges among Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria will improve.
In addition, economic growth will be boosted and the well-being of civilians who have been living in abject poverty because of Boko Haram terrorism will be improved. Prior to its damage the Mayo Limani Bridge served at least 400 merchants and 600 civilians each day. Owing to the bridge, Cameroon collected over $16 million annually as custom duties in the area.