The subdivisional council of Garoua II is the 2023 winner of “Clean Cities” competition organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (Minhdu). The results of this third edition were announced in Garoua, on October 3, on the sidelines of World Habitat Day. By winning the title of the “cleanest city”, the town council headed by Oumarou Sanda, pocketed the XAF100 million, taking over from Yaoundé V, winner of the previous edition.
Last year, Garoua II finished second. This year, the council entered the race with the ambition of taking first place. Nkongsamba 1er, in the Moungo division (Littoral), and Ebolowa II, in the Mvila division (Sud), are respectively the second and third this year. The "Villes propres" (Clean Cities) competition is designed to reward communities that have put in place the best urban beautification practices.
Selection criteria include street cleaning, development and embellishment of public spaces, combating temporary or permanent road congestion, road markings, removal of household waste and eradication of unauthorized dumps, maintenance of roads and other networks, facade restoration, etc.