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Reunification Projects Get New Deadline 

By Francis Tim Mbom, Ernest Sumelong & Maxcel Fokwen

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Jean Claude Mbwentchou, has given December 19 as the new deadline for completion of all projects related to Reunification celebrations.
The Minister was in Buea and Limbe on Saturday, December 14, where he inspected and made an evaluation of the state of ongoing preparations so far.
His visit took him to the Presidential Lodge in Buea where he inspected the roads and parking lots as well as other aspects of the lodge.
He proceeded to also inspect the readiness of other parking spaces around town among them that at the Governor’s office, Bongo Square and the P & T School.
Mbwentchou visited the road from Buea Town via Bokwai to Muea and the open air auditorium at the University of Buea, which is being refurbished to be used instead of the one under construction at Bongo Square.
Though the Minister refused to grant an interview after his visit, he had, however, insisted while visiting the University of Buea and the road leading to Limbe that all the works must be completed by Thursday, December 19.
The delay in the President’s coming has even made some persons to suspect that the delay in getting the projects done might cause the Head of State to push his visit to 2014.
An initial deadline of November 30 had been fixed for all projects to be completed, but this deadline could not be met.

Preparations Intensify
Meantime, work has intensified on every facet of projects that are related to Reunification celebrations in Buea, as President Biya’s yet to be announced visit seems imminent.
Caterpillars and other heavy duty machines have been rumbling round the clock on uncompleted project sites; patches of the 12-year-old President Biya boulevard have been dug up, while the University of Buea, UB, is now centre of focus, as it will host majority of the Reunification activities in lieu of they yet to be completed cultural centre. The Open Air Amphi that usually hosts the institution’s end-of-year convocation ceremonies is being modified to accommodate more guests.
School bands, choral and dance groups have been practising without end in readiness for the big day.
A coat of tar has been thrown on what The Post learnt is Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai’s FCFA 800 million road leading to his office, while work has also intensified at a Reunification Monument being constructed hard-by.
However, one of the visibly stalled projects is a cultural centre that is seated directly opposite the new grandstand that has been built to host the official ceremony.
These renewed efforts to fine-tune preparations took a higher gear after the visit of seven government Ministers and other ranking officials from Yaounde. They were visibly disappointed and even said some of the uncompleted projects were attempts to sabotage Government’s efforts.
While the visit of the President still remains a matter of conjecture, most locals, including those directly involved in the organisation at the local level, have been speculating that the President is likely to visit the town before Christmas.
Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, is expected to supervise a civilian march past in Kumba today, Monday, December 16, as preparations hot up ahead of the Reunification celebrations.
In view of the exercise, Meme SDO, David Koulbout Aman, chaired a preparatory meeting grouping all service heads and municipal authorities in his area of command, Thursday, December 12. A series of clean-up campaigns have been intensified in Kumba and beyond while security service remains alert.
The Post gathered that during Thursday’s meeting, the SDO handed down instructions for hotel owners to step up the quality of their services.
Besides, Mayors of the five Councils in Meme Division were charged with ensuring the mobilisation of the population.
Political party leaders have equally been called upon to ensure the participation of their militants in the civilian march past.
However, the participation of the population of places like Konye in the divisional march past remains worrisome due to the deplorable nature of the road leading to the Subdivision.
 

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