The transport ministry has allocated CFA300 million to finance road security projects in 12 municipalities. A cheque was solemnly granted to the beneficiaries yesterday May 27.
They are Nkongsamba, Edea 1, Ngaoundere 1, Mbankomo, Yabassi, Santa, Sangmelima, Dziguilao, Magba, Mengueme, Dschang, Tiko. The focus is on these municipalities because they are crossed by national roads that record a high level of accidents. Another reason is that "the 12 communes have presented mature projects. It is because of this maturity that the communes have seen their projects retained," explained Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, the transport minister.
The cheque is the first part of this transfer of competence. Another CFA400 million will be granted to the decentralized territorial communities as part of the 2021 road fund program, the minister said. "This is the first time we have seen this significant advance at the level of the Ministry of Transport and we invite other ministerial departments to do the same," said El Hadj Oumarou, mayor of the commune of Nkonsamba .
According to the law on the GENERAL CODE OF REGIONAL AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES of December 2019, some forty competencies must be transferred to the decentralized territorial communities, municipalities, and regions. The decentralization of road safety and prevention comes at a time when road accidents have multiplied in recent months.