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PM Compels Authorities To Incorporate Local Materials In Construction 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

The Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, has through a circular, compelled contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings across the country.
The arête No 110/CAB/PM of 12th November, 2014, a copy of which The Post procured, spells out the creation, organisation and the functioning of the Pilot and Follow-up Committee for the putting in place of Prime Ministerial circular No 002/CAB/PM of 12th March, 2007, relating to the use of local materials in the construction of public buildings in Cameroon.
The 2007 circular was not taken seriously by contracting authorities as its implementation was very timid and the November 2014, arête is, therefore, expected to strengthen that circular. The Pilot Committee placed under the direct authority of the Head of Government has as mission; the coordination and follow-up of all legal, technical and financial issues relating to the general use of local materials in the construction of public buildings in Cameroon.

Article 2 of the arête states that the committee will define the strategic orientations in order to make effective the general use of local materials; put in place an adequate legal framework, search for technical and financial partners that would accompany Government in its implementation; carry out negotiations with partners concerned; recruit consultants; validate terms of reference, studies and reports; ensure effective national and international communication on the use of local materials in Cameroon; amongst others.

The Chairperson of the Committee that has a Technical Secretariat is the Secretary General in the PM’s Office, while the Vice Chairpersons are the Ministers of Public Works and the Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development. Members include the Ministers of Finance; Defence; Industries; Trade; Public Contracts; Housing; Health; Environment; Scientific Research; Higher Education; Small and Medium Size Enterprises; Professional Training; and Secondary Education.
Yet others include a representative of the Secretariat General at the Presidency; Coordinator of the Technical Secretariat; the General Manager of FEICOM; the Director General of MIPROMALO and the Director of the National Higher School of Engineering.
Reacting to the PM’s arête to The Post, while on a recent visit with the Minister of Public Works to inspect some 11 classrooms constructed using local materials worth FCFA 93 million in Akonolinga, the Director General of the Local Materials Promotion Authority, MIPROMALO, Prof. Uphie Chinje Melo, said they were upbeat and ready.
“We are ready to provide the needed services as well as the supply of local materials for construction considering that demand will increase following the recent Prime Ministerial arête. Over the years, we have been taking measures in that direction.”
Prof. Chinje Melo said, apart from the training and recruitment of more technicians at the MIPROMALO headquarters in Yaounde, many others have also been sent to their various centres in some regions of the country. They are ready to assist all the stakeholders in need of local materials, she told The Post.
“In collaboration with MINATD, MIPROMALO trained some municipal council technicians on the fabrication of local materials for construction. Seventy presses for fabrication of compressed earth bricks were acquired by MINATD and distributed to the trainees and these technicians are capable of also providing the local materials,” Prof. Chinje Melo noted.
According to her, local producers of equipment for fabrication of local materials are at work, while importers have been informed of the recent Prime Ministerial arête. In addition to the pedagogic documents elaborated by the institution and the revamping of the professional training centre of MIPROMALO, Prof. Chinje said controllers of the Ministry of Public Works and FEICOM charged with follow-up to ensure quality control of the construction works using local materials, have been trained.
Meanwhile, MIPROMALO is currently trainings more council technicians on the fabrication of local materials across the country in a bid to meet up with the challenges that have come with the PM’s arête.

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