Togolese Firm Ceco Lands Deal to Build a 60-km Road in Southern Cameroon

Thursday, 04 July 2024 16:49
Togolese Firm Ceco Lands Deal to Build a 60-km Road in Southern Cameroon

(Togo First) - Ceco, a Togolese firm, secured the contract to build the Ebolowa-Efoulan-Mbango road (60 km) in Cameroon's southern region–a project with an estimated cost of CFA37 billion. The contract was signed on July 1 in Yaoundé with Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Works. The deal is conditional on Ceco's ability to secure financing on terms “acceptable” to the Cameroonian government.

The works are expected to start within 24 months after the contract is signed. However, Ceco's CEO, Constantin Amouzou, indicated that initial work might not begin for another 33 months due to ongoing negotiations with an international firm for funding. A formal offer will be presented to Cameroon's Ministry of Finance soon.

"We've been waiting for this document. We are working with an international firm that has completed the necessary due diligence and is only waiting for this document, which confirms our mutual commitment to the Cameroonian government. Within a few weeks, we should conclude everything and present an offer to the Ministry of Finance, which will review and amend it before we proceed to the next stages," Amouzou explained.

The Ebolowa-Efoulan-Mbango road will feature a 10-meter-wide platform with 3.5-meter lanes on each side and 1.5-meter shoulders. It will be built using gravel and bituminous concrete, with engineering structures to ensure durability and safety.

This project is the fruit of a memorandum of understanding signed in July 2022 and execution studies that defined the precise scope of the work. These studies were submitted to Cameroon’s Prime Minister in February 2023.

Fiacre E. Kakpo

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