The Minister of Housing and Urban Development has rejected claims by the contractor charged with the construction of government low cost housing project in Ntabang Nkwen that works has been slowed by insecurity.
Minister Jean Claude Mbwentchou was speaking in Bamenda Thursday June 7 at the close of a one day working visit to the city.

Minsiter Jean Claude Mbwentchou Delegate at the housing project site

While at the low cost housing project site, the expressed dissatisfaction with the snail pace nature of work insisting that the subcontractor in charged has been to Yaounde on more than one occasion to collect money which is not reflected on the project. With work ongoing in a nearby project site, the MINHDU boss noted that the issue has been misdirected consumption and misappropriation of funds meant for the project and not insecurity.
“Low cost housing in the field is about 20%; I was here one year ago and work was 10% that means in one year we have 10%; it is not enough. I am not happy because the contractor talked about insecurity; we are in field and I went into the market with you; what in insecurity? The Minister said
As if to debunk the insecurity claims as well, the Deputy Mayor of the Bamenda III Council indicated to the Minister that there have been several instances of work suspension due to non-payment of workers and incident he noted has led to several strike actions. 
After registering his discontent with the over one year project with only a few erected pillars to show, the Minister instructed an increase in number of workers, material and deadlines. “We asked them to double the number of people who are working with him. We asked them to bring more material and more to be in the management of this project. We give them one week to do the new planning with my team…. And we give them four months as from November because the end of this project is November and we see that they cannot finish that means they have until end of March 2019 to finish the job.”
To improve supervision Minister Mbwentchou added “We ask also the Governor to be very strict to this people who are coming. They don’t have to come do two days and go; they have to be in Bamenda. I have confidence in the governor. We have also asked the Government Delegate to be in the field to work for the satisfaction of the people of Bamenda. 
The Minister’s visit which had as objective evaluation of the PLANUT project in the domains of housing, the projects earmarked for the C2D program funded by the French Development Agency ADF and the state of road works and sanitation in Bamenda took the Housing and Urban Development Minister across the city’s three subdivisions for an on the spot appraisal of the project sites.

Close to two years old housing project in Ntabang-Nkwen Bamenda

Addressing the Minister’s visit debriefing session, the Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council, thanked the Government for the funds made available for the various projects across the city adding that they were priority project selected with the participation of the population. Ndumu Vincent Nji however regretted the poor road network in the city, appearance of unauthorized new layouts and appealed for more funds for the construction of a dual carriage way to link the fast growing Tubah Subdivision with Bambili in particular to the City Center of Bamenda. 
The Minster visited the Bamenda I market and park expected to host the city bus station, the Mulang Area expected to host a market, the Mile four Nkwen slaughter house to be rehabilitated and the Ntarikon Market while inspecting some roads to be done in the city.
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