Cameroon’s northern regions, which constitute part of the Sahel zone is on the brim of a social crisis following prolonged and constant scarcity of water and energy supply. The semi-arid Far North, North and Adamawa regions that constitute northern Cameroon are hit by the hazardous effects of climate change with little rainfall which has severe repercussions on agriculture, livestock breading and electricity supply. The Far North Region, for instance, recorded only 619mm of water in 2017 with 38 days of rainfall compared to 768mm and 42 days of rainfall in 2016
It is against this backdrop that the Head of State instructed an inspection visit by the inter-ministerial delegation led by the Minister of Water and Energy, Dr Basile Atangana Kouna.
The delegation held broad-based consultations with different stakeholders of the population notably parliamentarians, mayors and traditional rulers. Proposals made by the affected population are expected to be channelled to the hierarchy for short, medium and long term solutions to address the crisis.
However, Minister Atangana Kouna announced certain preliminary measures that have been taken to address the disturbing energy deficit which has made life difficult in the area. He announced the construction of two solar power plants in Maroua and Garoua to supplement the existing energy supply. Another stop-gap measure is the replacement of about 1000 wooden poles with metallic poles by the Electricity supply company (ENEO) in that part of the country. In a bid to reduce intervention time in case of any incident on the network, Minister Atangana Kouna disclosed that some 20 additional technicians will be deployed to the region. He hinted the assurance of the General Manager of ENEO that electricity supply in the northern part of the country will not be interrupted throughout this January.
The inter-ministerial delegation that held consultation meetings in Maroua, Garoua and Ngoundere from December 27-29, 2017, comprised of the Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, Dr Taïga; Minister Delegates, Yaouba Abdoulaye of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development; Jules Doret Ndongo of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation and Clémentine Ananga Messina of Agriculture and Rural Development.