New bridge to deepen Cameroon-Nigeria relations

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Cameroon and Chad

Cameroon and Nigeria have finished building a road bridge linking the two countries, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Works Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi said on Thursday, in the latest sign of warming relations.

The 1.5-km two-lane cross river international bridge will connect Cameroon’s Southwest region to Nigeria’s Cross River State and is intended to increase the volume of trade between both countries.

“This is an exceptional bridge. It concretizes Cameroon-Nigeria relations especially in business and trade. Nigeria is a big market of more than 100 million and Cameroonians will use this bridge to export products,” Djoumessi told reporters on an inspection visit to the bridge in Ekok-Mfum.

According to officials, the bridge is a critical part of the Bamenda-Enugu corridor that will become a main link between the two countries and a key component of the Lagos-Mombasa Trans-African Highway.

Construction of the bridge was undertaken by Chinese contractor CGCOC and funded by African Development Bank to the tune of 39 million dollars. Enditem

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