The Minister of Transport, Edgard Alain MebeNgo’o and the Portuguese bus Construction Company; Trans Africa Irmaos Mota has signed an agreement for the provision of new mass urban transportation buses in the country.
According to the partnership agreement signed August 30th 2016, the first group of these buses will reach Cameroon by 31st October 2016. The Portuguese Company will make available 150 air conditioned buses which will be used in the cities of Douala and Limbe before going to other parts of the country. The project cost as specified by Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o stands at 17 billion FCFA with a 10% share subsidy worth 1.7billion FCFA to be provided by Cameroon.
Prior to the Female African Cup of Nations slated for November 2016, five of these buses are to be used in Limbe to aid in transportation during the competition. The project is timely as many urban areas in Cameroon face difficulties in getting quick urban buses to move from one place to another.
The Ministers of Sports and Physical Education, External Relations and Basic Education, together with the Government Delegates of Yaounde and Limbe were present to witness the approval of the convention at the Ministry of Transport in Yaounde.
Linus Sallah * (Student Journalist on internship)