The Yaoundé City Council has adopted a balanced budget of XAF35,607,500,000 for the 2024 financial year. The budget, down 4.36% compared with the 2023 fiscal year, was adopted on December 13 by the councilors of the Yaoundé Urban Community (CUY) at the end of the Community Council meeting devoted to examining and adopting the draft budget. According to Mayor Luc Messi Atangana, in addition to covering operating expenses, the budget will also finance three major projects.
The first project focuses on road maintenance and rehabilitation in Yaoundé and the procurement of road maintenance equipment. The municipal magistrate emphasized the need for rehabilitating existing roads and constructing specific lanes. Additionally, priority will be given to sanitation, including waste collection and transportation. The municipal magistrate announced plans to initiate an open call for tenders in the coming weeks to encourage new operators to enter the sector. This move aims to address the challenge of having only two companies managing waste in the city, despite a significant increase in the population and the resulting surge in garbage production, as explained by Luc Messi Atangana.
According to the report presented to the community council by the Hygiene, Sanitation, and Prophylaxis Commission, the agreement with Hygiène et Salubrité du Cameroun (Hysacam) initially covered the removal of 1,300 tons of garbage daily. However, the current situation reveals an excess of 3,000 tons of garbage per day, a load that Hysacam alone cannot handle. In response to the escalating sanitation issues, Thychlof Sarl was brought in by the CUY to support Hysacam, breaking the latter's monopoly on household waste management. Nevertheless, the existing service providers, whose contracts are set to expire on December 31, 2023, are struggling to effectively fulfill their duties, resulting in a deteriorating state of cleanliness in Yaoundé.
To address this challenge, the CUY is devising plans to recruit new service providers, ideally appointing one operator per district to contribute to the city's beautification efforts. In pursuit of this objective, councilors voted in favor of a resolution empowering Luc Messi Atangana to impose fines on violators of town planning laws and regulations. The strategic plan for the 2024 financial year also outlines the continuation of projects initiated in 2023 that remain unfinished. Delays attributed to "heavy rainfall" affecting certain roadworks and extended delays in the provision of tax resources by the State have been identified as key contributing factors to the projects' incomplete status.