Prime Minister Philemon Yang was in Douala on Saturday July 21, 2018 ahead of the inspection visit to some AFCON 2019 project sites.
The snappy inspection tour took the Prime Minister to the Gynaeco-Obstetric hospital, the Bepanda stadium, the general hospital, the accreditation centre, the Mbappe Leppe stadium, the Doula International Airport and the Japoma Sports Complex.
While at the Douala International Airport, Philemon Yang went through the tarmac passing through the terminal, luggage compartment, police border post right up to the exit where he proceeded with his visit to the Gynaeco-Obstetric Hospital.
From the Gynaeco-Obstetric Hospital, the PM visited the Japoma Sports Complex wherein the contractors of the project explained to him how works are unfolding hitch free. Away from the Japoma Sports Complex, the Head of Government’s convoy drove straight to the Bepanda stadium which despite the chilly weather and marshy environment, Philemon Yang went ahead to make rounds on the sport infrastructure sites. While at the stadium, the project manager revealed that work stands at 40% and that by the end of September, 80% of the work will be complete since the most difficult part of the works have been fulfilled.
The next stop over by the Prime Minister and his close collaborators was at the grounds to host the game village in the Douala pool. According to some Camtel officials, the venue will serve the purpose in showcasing Cameroon’s rich cultural heritage as there will be the exhibition of arts works, cultural activities and gastronomy.
To the accredited centre to be hosted by the Salle des Fête in Akwa, the head of the project briefed the Prime Minister the essence of the centre which operates in the registration of accredited journalists to cover the AFCON 2019 in the Douala pool and also in the printing of badges.
Closely followed was the visit to the Douala General Hospital where the Prime Minister visited the department of sports pathologies like the reanimation ward emergency unit and radiology in which he also presented a high definition scanner. The PM seized the opportunity of his visit to inspect the construction work on the extension of the hospital to the tune of 50 billion francs cfa funded by the triennial development plan which will give the hospital an additional capacity of 300 beds.
After the tour, the Prime Minister and Head of Government held a working visit with project heads, managers of hotels and heads of services directly concern with the AFCON preparations. During the working visit, the PM instructed Sports and Physical Education Minister Ismael Bidoung Mpkatt to give a rundown of CAF’S requirements in respect to the AFCON projects. Philemon Yang also urged the supervisors to give an update report as per the requirements of the confederation of African football. It should be recalled that the inspection tour by the Prime Minister is to prepare the ground for the ultimate CAF inspection mission expected in the country next month.