The President of the North West Fons’ Union (NOWELA), Senator Fon Teche, on Tuesday, May 16, verbally whacked the population of Santa for surreptitiously boycotting the launching of the reconstruction work on the Babadjou-Bamenda Road.
“I am quite embarrassed by the timid turnout of the population of Santa for this history making event,” Senator Teche fumed.
The NOWEFU President expressed his disgust at the turnout, when he and Senator Simon Simon Achidi Achu mounted the rostrum to vouchsafe a word of thanks on behalf of the North West population.
Both Senators thanked the World Bank and the African Development Bank for rescuing Northwesterners from the deplorable road network and has recently become a high slaughter house.
On his part, the Mayor of Santa, Moses Khan, warned protesters never to set fire on the tar when the road is completed.
To the Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, the Mayor thanked him for compensating all those whose property will be destroyed by the road project, but appealed to the Minister to hasten the transfer of competencies to councils and the rehabilitation of farm to market roads.
Earlier in his address, Minister Nganou Djoumessi, vowed that nothing would perturb the Government from tarring the 52km stretch of road.
To him, the overall objectives of the road project is to improve road safety and security by reducing transport costs and delays on the Yaounde-Enugu Nigeria corridor.
On her part, the World Bank Country Director, Elizabeth Huybens, said the holistic approach that underpins the design of the road project, is to improve Cameroon’s institutional absorptive capacity, through the establishment of programmatic planning tools and targeted post graduate training, designed to support Government’s long term strategy as defined in the Growth and Employment Strategy Paper.