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Cameroonian gov’t working on infrastructure plan to eradicate slums

YAOUNDE, Oct. 17 Xinhua | The Cameroonian government is fleshing out details of a national infrastructure plan intended to get rid of slums in the country, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development said on Thursday.

The officials of the ministry, city councils, and UN-Habitat met in the capital, Yaounde, to scrutinize a draft of the project that seeks to construct modern houses and improve living conditions of people living in slums.

“Cameroon has a very fast urban growing rate. This urbanization has produced slums,” Sipliant Takougang, national coordinator of Cameroon Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), told reporters, adding these slums and squatter settlements lack basic services, and children face hardships like hunger and poor education.

“The government which has been trying for some years now to improve the living conditions of the population in various neighbourhoods is now designing a large program which will take into consideration all the other aspects of the cities,” Takougang said.

The project is sponsored by the UN-Habitat and the Cameroonian government through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

According to the World Bank, Cameroon is home to hundreds of slums with over 60 percent of the population in urban areas living in informal settlements. Enditem

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  1. Be nice to read one project that does not involve the World Bank. That’s one meaning of independence.

    #2. Be nice if Cameroon could phase out some of her superfluous ministries and create a Ministry of Town Planning.

  2. Creating a ministry of town planning does not fabricate jobs for people which is the reason slums exist. First concentrating on job creation through micro industry is the right approach. With wealth created from small farms, transformation and conservation of farm products to finished and cemi finished products. We will have liquid cash to plan and build small smart cities of one million people inhabitants interconnected with fast train lines. Creating a ministry of town planning in an empty building with no industry is the classic mistake of culturally uprooted aleads. What improves living conditions is productive investment, not building offices equipped with computers.

  3. @BAH ACHO: u seem to think like your stomach is really full of bread and sardine..

    We need a very good and effective ministry of town planning..This is because town planning guides orderly development in urban, suburban and rural areas..It is a technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use and the built environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas, such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks. Town planning deals with physical layout of human settlements..

    As the cities grow in Africa , farm lands disappear..Our beautiful forest disappears as corrupt town planners allow people to build in areas that could have been very good but for Agriculture..

  4. There is always a plan for something! Always putting for tomorrow what you can do today. lrc cannot even number houses, My bad! 1t is not yet 2035 the year of emergence.

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