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Kumba Mbeng-Town Green Road Might Be Tarred 

By Olive Ejang Ngoh

Speculations are rife in Kumba that the 4-km stretch of the Kumba Mbeng-Town Green road might be tarred after all. Highly placed authorities told The Post that, out of pity, the European Union, EU, might tar the road after completion of the Muea-Kumba road recently by SOGEA-SATOM.

Road leading to Town Green, will it ever be tarred?

Before the construction company packed out, the Paramount Ruler of the Bafaws, Nfon V.E Mukete, led a group of Kumba elite to Yaounde to lobby for the tarring of the 4-km road to link Town Green.

The elite, comprising the former Government Delegate to the defunct Kumba Urban Council, Caven Nnoko Mbele, the Mayors of Kumba I, II and III and other politicians, met former Prime Minister, Ephraim Inoni, and the Minister of Public Works, Bernard Messengue Avom. Though Inoni and Messengue said something would be done, hopes were shattered when Messengue seemed pessimistic about the tarring of the road thereafter.

He had told the press while inspecting the Muea-Kumba road that government was still trying to look for funds to see whether the road would be tarred. As if to add more injury to the wound, Kumba denizens watched with grief as the construction firm removed all their vehicles and equipment, an indication that the contract had ended.

Thereafter, tongues wagged amongst elite and politicians, who continue to beg government to remember the abandoned road in the city. Even after the original Kumba-Mbeng road contract ended, Kumba had pleaded for the extension of the road to Town Green.

Surprise Surveying

When The Post contacted the Meme Divisional Delegate for Public Works, Stephen Teshounkong Asabankeng, he said he was surprised at the work going on along the road, for less than two months after SOGEA-SATOM left, they were seen recently mapping the abandoned stretch.

Teshounkong Asabankeng suspected that the government might have negotiated with the construction firm to tar the road due to the Minister Messengue’s assurance. Teshounkong said he has contacted the Director of Roads and Investment in the Ministry, but hasn’t received any reply concerning the work on the said road. He promised to contact the Minister in the days ahead to find those responsible for the tarring of the road.

Meanwhile, the Government Delegate to the Kumba City Council, Victor Nkelle Ngoh, during the Meme I B Section Conference that took place on June 13, appealed to government to tar the road. The appeal comes with high expectations concerning the political and economic impact of the road on the lives of the people.

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