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CHAN 2020: Stadium Directors Present Barrage Of Worries To Minister

Minister of Sports listening to explanations

By Basil K Mbuye and *Clarisse Ekowe

Stadium Directors in Buea and Limbe, Wednesday, January 22, presented a plethora of worries to the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.

Prof Mouelle Kombi was on a working visit to the Southwest Region.

The Minister made his first stopover at the Molyko Omnisport Stadium, where the Stadium Director, Njonje Mbua, explained to him some of the works that are to be finalised in the stadium and the difficulties they are experiencing.

The greatest problems came at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium where the Director, Pascaline Ekombe Mbua, told the Minister that they are facing the problem of acute water shortage.

During the heated exchanges, the Regional Director of CAMWATER defended himself that there is no problem of water. The CAMWATER Director had earlier been questioned by Southwest Governor; Bernard Okalia Bilai, if the stadium taps will flow if they are turned on? This questioned left the CAMWATER Director dumbfounded.

The Stadium Director said the lack of constant water supply is affecting the green turf. She also complained that the plumbing system supplying water to the stadium is not the best.  “For the past five months, we have had just two water tankers which are not sufficient. We need a permanent borehole; this I believe is the solution to the water crisis,” Ekombe Mbua said.

She revealed that of all the stadia in Cameroon, the Limbe Omnisport Stadium is the only one that doesn’t have a borehole “and this is one of the biggest problems we are facing.”

At the Limbe Omnisport Annex, the Assistant Coordinator of the Stadium, Arthur Esssaine Ossele, explained that water supply, electricity, and lack of security are some of the problems they are facing.

With just a few months to the kick-off of the African Nations Championship, CHAN, issues like these should be handled swiftly as Cameroon will host the tournament in April 2020.

On his part, Minister Mouelle Kombi expressed satisfaction after his tour and said the towns of Buea and Limbe were ready for the CHAN.

Hear him:” I am globally satisfied and as we know, Buea and Limbe successfully hosted the 2015 AWCON. As you can see, sports infrastructure, hotel facilities and other infrastructure are operational. We are here today to ensure that all the actors, stakeholders and parties are strongly mobilised to make sure that we have a perfect organisation of the CHAN in April 2020 and also the AFCON in January and February 2021.

The Minister was accompanied by Governor Okalia Bilai, the President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Seydou Mbombo Njoya, amongst other dignitaries.

Meanwhile, Governor Okalia Bilai had on Tuesday, January 21, installed members of the Local Organising Committee for the CHAN in the Southwest Region.

During the installation, the Governor challenged members of the various committees to put in their best to ensure that the event is better organised.

To the press, he urged them to sensitise the population and also relay what they are saying. This is because if this is not done, many might not know that Buea and Limbe will be hosting the big event.

The Governor said the Region has been ready since 2016, “but the greatest problem now is that of managing these sports infrastructure.”

*(UB Journalism Student On Industrial Attachment)

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