Minister Basile Atangana Kouna of the Ministry of Water and Energy wants to have up to 10,000 rural communities electrified under the Rural Electrification Program of Cameroon.
The Rural Electrification Program is under the framework of the tactical development plans of the country according to Minister Basile Atangana Kouna and it is aimed to enable almost all Cameroonians to have the benefit of electricity before 2035 ends.
The program for electrification which intends to put into use renewable sources also has the intention of reducing differences in electrification between rural and urban communities in Cameroon and to encourage the improvement of productive sectors in the entire country.
The Minister thinks that the government should electrify on the average 1,000 communities per region for balance starting with East, Far North, North West and South West.
According to an expert Development Economist, Mr. Mumfor Emmanuel, electrification is important, but road networks must also be given similar level of value. He urged the government to detail a Rural Roads Construction Program.
Mr. Mumfor said that the government should also provide details on the Comprehensive Rural Roads Construction Program and establish a timeline for activities to ensure the realization of the road projects. Similar with electricity, a reliable road program is an important infrastructure for the country’s growth.