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Buea-Limbe: Local Economy To Reap From Projects

Thanks to the tournaments, many access roads are being constructed with direct and indirect impact on the local economy already being felt.

S ome sites in Fako Division, notably Buea and Limbe, have been transformed into work sites in preparation for Africa Nation Championship (CHAN) 2020. In view to ease circulation around the Buea Town Green Stadium (training ground) and Molyko Omnisport Stadium (training ground) and also ensure a good state of roads in Buea and Limbe, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is tarring some roads. Roads under construction in Buea included that linking the Buea Town Green Stadium to the Buea Council Building in Bongo Square. Another links the Molyko Omnisport Stadium to Malingo Street passing through SEMIL. Potholes too are being covered in Buea. Information sheet indicated that the projects being executed is estimated at FCFA 4 billion.

In Limbe, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has engaged in the tarring of the road linking Saker Junction to Mabetta Layout. The work covering 1100 meters is estimated at FCFA 1 billion. Other road work at the main entrance to Limbe as well as street lighting in the town of Limbe done during AFCON 2016 were inspected by the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Celestine Ketcha Courtes recently. Contractors told the visiting Minister that they shall hand in their projects latest the second week of March 2020. The several worksites in Buea and Limbe are bustling with hundreds of Cameroonians gainfully employed there. By press time, statistics on the number of jobs created by these CHAN projects were not handy. But what is certain is that several Cameroonians have been provided jobs in the different work sites In tourism and leisure sector, South West Regional Delegate for Tourism and Leisure, Quan Efeti Monono, said that the State has invested in three State-owned hotels which are Mountain Hotel, Parliamentarian Flats Hotel (Buea) and Atlantic Beach Hotel (Limbe). Many privately owned hotels too have cropped up in these two towns in the wake of CHAN. That the hotels in the private sector are also steaming up because they know that they will not be left out. So far, the four hotels selected to host CHAN delegations has 428 rooms and 30 apartments ready to host their guest. With some teams to be based in Buea, vehicles will certainly be hired to transport the teams while supporters will also need means of transport to go and cheer their teams to victory at the Limbe Omnisport stadium where the matches will be played. Thus, transport and trade will witness a boom during the competition in the locality.

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