Contract awarded for rehabilitation of Babadjou-Matazem Road in Cameroon

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The Minister of Public Works in Cameroon, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, recently revealed that Société BUNS, a leading indigenous construction company in Cameroon has won the slightly over US$ 24M contract for the rehabilitation works of the Babadjou-Matazem Road, which is a section of the Yaoundé (Cameroon)-Enugu (Nigeria) corridor.

This is a new impetus for the project whose construction stalled since September 2017, when the then contractor, Sogea-Satom, a subsidiary of VINCI Group abandoned the site following an attack by armed separatists from the North-West, where a socio-political crisis is raging since late 2016.

Implementation of the Babadjou-Matazem road rehabilitation project

The road project, which spans the West and the North West regions of the Central African country, will be divided into four lots for fast execution. The first section stretches from Babadjou to Matazem a distance of approximately 17 km, and it is around 38 percent complete thanks to the work carried out by Sogea-Satom.

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The second section, which is approximately 18 kilometers stretches from Matazem to Bamenda while the third section covers the 4.930 km bypass of the Bamenda cliff. The fourth and the last lot encompasses the school of champions – agency Amour Mezam Junction -finance Junction- vetinary junction-hospital roundabout-food market-city chemist roundabout and vetinary junction. This has a total length of 11.990 km.

Aim for the project

The Babadjou-Matazem road rehabilitation project is aimed at reducing road accidents, transport costs, and transit times along the corridor connecting Yaoundé to the eastern border with Nigeria.

That corridor passes through Bafoussam and Bamenda (also known as Abakwa and Mankon Town), whose economy is based mainly on agricultural production and trade.