Cameroon: Hon. Findi Stanley walks the talk, precipitates funding for Tiko, Mutengene drinking water projects

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
Tiko - 23-Sep-2021 - 10h23   1965                      
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Hon. Findi Stanley Mokondo National Assembly
Hon. Findi Stanley Mokondo, one of the two Members of Parliament for Fako East (Limbe, Muyuka & Tiko) Constituency has precipitated the signing of an economic cooperation agreement worth FCFA 3 billion for phase 1 of the drinking water supply project in the towns of Buea, Tiko, and Mutenguene.

The related credit agreement was signed on September 21, 2021, in Yaoundé by the Minister of the Economy, Planning, and Regional Development, Alamine Ousmane Mey, and the General Manager of Export-Finance Deutsche Bank New York, Humaya Narati.

The first phase of the drinking water supply project in the towns of Buea, Tiko, and Mutenguene is dedicated to feasibility studies lasting six months, for an estimated cost of FCFA 3 billion.

The second phase is devoted to the execution works which will be spread over a period of 24 months, with a financial estimate of FCFA 51 billion.

This project aims to improve the living environment, the state of health, and the socio-economic conditions of the target populations, thanks to the design of a realistic, sustainable drinking water supply program adapted to their income and to the environment.

According to the minister of economy, the project seeks to bring the level of the daily production of drinking water to 30,000 m3 in the towns of Buea, Tiko, and Mutengene. It will also expand the transport and distribution network of potable water over a distance of 288 km as well as strengthen storage capacity to 16,000 m3 of water.

With a view to improving the supply and the quality of access to drinking water services, in accordance with the guidelines of the National Development Strategy 2020-2030, the Government intends to initiate the process decentralization of the public drinking water supply, set up a vast investment program in the sector and create a favorable framework for the installation of private companies for the production and distribution of drinking water in localities not covered by the public network.

Hon. Findi walks the talk

On June 288, 2021, Hon. Findi Stanley Mokondo mounted the rostrum at the National Assembly, urging the Minister of Water and Energy Resources, Eloundou Essomba Gaston to find urgent solutions to the persistent, prolonged, and often unexplained power outages and water shortages across the national territory, despite the country’s bountiful natural resources.

Hon. Findi wondered aloud why authorities of the Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (CAMWATER) had refused to install water pipes to no fewer than one thousand homes around the Limbe Omnisport Stadium, forcing the residents of the area to resort to digging boreholes.

“I wish to draw your attention to the fact that the people around the Limbe Omnisport Stadium are still to be connected by CAMWATER. CAMWATER has refused to take its pipes to close to 1000 residents in an area full of potential customers. I want to use this medium, Mr. Minister to ask the director of CAMWATER what the problem is.  The inhabitants of this area have resorted to boreholes,” said Hon. Findi.

The lawmaker said three years five months ago, President Paul Biya instructed the minister of economy, planning, and regional development to engage a loan of FCFA 3 billion for feasibility studies, and project conception for the rehabilitation and extension of the treatment and distribution of water in Tiko, Mutengene, and Buea.

At the time, he said the project was yet to see the light of day, although Buea, Mutengene, and Tiko can boast of security.

Hear Hon. Findi: “This project has not been realized. Recently, the contract was awarded to a contractor but the execution still poses problems. I will want to join my voice to the other speakers who are from the crisis-hit regions or areas to say the people of Tiko and Mutengene will not appreciate it if in the future they get to understand that the contractor is unable to execute his contract because of insecurity.”

The MP for Fako East assured the Minister of Water and Energy Resources that: “Tiko and Mutengene are very safe areas and these projects can be executed without any delay.”

Hon. Findi’s intervention yielding fruits

Exactly 85 days after Hon. Findi’s outing at the National Assembly, the government has proceeded to engage a loan of FCFA 3 billion for feasibility studies, and project conception for the rehabilitation and extension of the treatment and distribution of water in Tiko, Mutengene, and Buea.

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