Movement and interaction between the inhabitants of Ekok in Cameroon and Mfum in Nigeria, will now be facilitated with the newly constructed bridge linking the two localities.
The Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, visited the site recently and noted with satisfaction that the bridge will ease interaction through land between Cameroon and Nigeria. He added that it demonstrates Cameroon’s commitment to build infrastructure that facilitates subregional and transafrican trade.
The two-lane international bridge over the cross river in the Southwest region is a major engineering infrastructure jointly constructed by the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing of Nigeria and the Cameroon Ministry of Public Works funded by the African Development Bank and European Union at a cost of 21.1 billion FCFA.
The bridge is 408 metres long with a width of 12.8 metres made up of two lanes. The project includes an 850m-long approach road from the Ekok end and a 300m-long approach road from the Mfum end.
The completion of this bridge over the cross river will not only ease cross-border interactions between the inhabitants of both sides, but will facilitate trade between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African State ECCAS.