The journey from Babadjou to bamenda has been longer than usual for many years now because of the deplorable nature of the road. Communities say they have been suffering untold hardship due to bad roads.
In November 2017, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Cameroon’s minister of public works, launched construction works on the Bamenda-Babadjou stretch, but works halted because of insecurity in the restive North West Region and non-liberation of project sites.
Cameroon Tribune reports “after a meeting over the weekend between the Director of Transport for Central and West Africa at the World Bank and the Minister of Public Works, it was disclosed that measures have been taken to address the hurdles – insecurity and non-liberation of project sites which caused the suspension of works”.
The construction of the 52km road is funded by the World Bank. The institution in August 2016 pledged to reconstruct the road.
The Ministry of Public Works had revealed that construction works will entail the building of a 5km round-about track at the Bamenda entrance cliff and a 12km urban section in the city of Bamenda.
Also there will be the constructions of facilities such as a weighing station, two rest areas, a toll station, markets, several portable water systems as well as the tarring of 50km of secondary roads to open up farming areas.
The Babadjou-Bamenda stretch has been a source of public anger for many years. Last three years the people of Babadjou went on a rampage; they demonstrated and ignited a free-for-all cursing of the authorities.
Equally, one time main opposition leader in the country, Ni John Fru Ndi, had stormed the road and sent away workers at the toll gate at Matazem near Santa. The stretch that the World Bank will rehabilitate is part of the Yaounde-Bafoussam-Bamenda highway that is noted for road accidents. It causes 11 percent of road accidents leading to 16 percent of deaths registered on Cameroonian roads.
In the government’s economic, financial, social and cultural programme for the 2018 financial year presented by Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Philemon Yang at the National Assembly on November 29, 2017, it was disclosed that 187 billion 806 million CFA francs will be used for the rehabilitation of the Yaoundé-Bafoussam and Babadjou-Bamenda road and development of the Grand Zambi-Kribi and Maroua-Bogo-Pouss roads.