Louis Berger hired to support connectivity improvement between Cameroon and Nigeria

Louis Berger (www.LouisBerger.com) was awarded a 1.5 million-euro (1.7 million USD) project management and construction supervision services contract by the Cameroonian and Nigerian governments for construction of a two‑lane bridge over the Cross River at Ekok/Mfum, which is the border between the two countries.

“We are proud to support both governments to improve their transport infrastructure and the connectivity between the two countries,” said Jacques Blanc, Louis Berger’s senior vice president. “The new bridge will contribute to more effective and time-saving transportation while providing safer and more comfortable journeys to road users on each side of the border.”

The two-lane box girder balanced cantilever bridge will be approximately 403 meters (1,322 feet) long with a 150-meter span over the Cross River and approximately 1.4 kilometers (.9 miles) of approach roads. The new structure will replace the single lane suspension bridge currently connecting the two countries because its lack of traffic capacity generates long queues on both sides of the border.

The team will support the Project Implementation Unit, the Road Sector Development Team within the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in Nigeria. It will also work with the African Development Bank Group project unit within the Ministry of Public Works in Cameroon. The project has a duration of 18 months with a 12-month defects liability period. Services include project management, construction supervision and training on bridge construction management.

The current project is part of the Program for Transport Facilitation for the Bamenda-Enugu road corridor, a program funded through an African Development Fund joint loan to Cameroon and Nigeria and a grant to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Louis Berger has been working in Africa for more than 50 years. The firm has 25 years of experience in Cameroon and more than 30 years in Nigeria, where the company has implemented projects in the economic and institutional development, transport and water markets.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Louis Berger.

Madalina Randasu

Alexandra Cauberghs

About Louis Berger:
Louis Berger (www.LouisBerger.com) is a global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges. We are a trusted partner to national, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry clients worldwide. By focusing on client needs to deliver quality, safe, financially-successful projects with integrity, we are committed to deliver on our promise to provide Solutions for a better world.

Louis Berger operates on every habitable continent. We have a long-standing presence in more than 50 nations, represented by the multidisciplinary expertise of 6,000 engineers, economists, scientists, managers and planners.

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Joshua Bwalya put to rest

A 16-year-old promising footballer Joshua Bwalya who was ambushed and stabbed to death by a masked gang of boys on 2nd August 2017 was on Monday 20th November 2017 put to rest at City London Cemetery.

Joshua’s funeral procession started at St. Margaret of Antioch Church Barking, which was attended by family members, representatives from the Mission, First Secretary Consular Mr. Portipher Sakala and First Secretary Immigration Mrs. Alice Shamshima, Friends, Zambians, among them Patriotic Front (PF) London Chairman Mr. Arnold Zulu and his wife Doreen and party members.

During the service, Joshua’s family and friends paid tribute to him and Major Stephen Noble from Barking Salvation Army preached on Love, a sermon entitled “Forgive and love another as a community.”

Joshua’s Mother, Mrs. Queenie Bwalya, who could not hold back her tears at the funeral, thanked God for having had Joshua in her life “You are in my heart, you are in my soul, but now apart, no hand to hold. I will not forget the love you had. I can still feel it to this day. I stand without you by my side, but I know you are watching from above. We will meet again for this I am sure because our love will last and endure, rest in peace,” she said.

On 2nd August 2017, Joshua and his two friends were “ambushed” by a group of youths on bicycles who were wearing masks as they were going home from a party.

The three were chased into a 24-hour-supermarket in Ripple Road at about 01:00 hours, then again into the street, where Joshua was stabbed, passers-by attempted to save him but he died at the scene. His two friends, who banged on doors of nearby homes to ask for help, were also stabbed but they survived.

According to Mrs. Bwalya, Joshua was a victim of a “crazy postcode war” and had been targeted by a gang from a rival Barking estate and he was stabbed six times in the back and ribs and his lungs were punctured.

A post-mortem examination showed Joshua died from multiple stab wounds.

Two people, Ayrton Ambrose, 20, from Peckham, and Kareem Lashley-Weekes, 20, from Stratford were charged with the murder of Joshua but the charges were later dropped for unspecified reasons but investigations into the murder are still ongoing.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom.

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British High Commissioner to Zambia statement on resignation of Robert Mugabe

British High Commissioner to Zambia statement on resignation of Robert Mugabe:

“This is a moment of hope for Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe squandered the immense potential of a remarkable country. While Britain recognises his role in Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence, he was responsible for oppression and economic failure.”

“The British Government does not pretend to regret Mugabe’s downfall: the UK hopes that Zimbabweans will now achieve the brighter future they deserve.”

“The immediate priority is to ensure that Zimbabwe has a legitimate government; the only way to achieve that goal is through free and fair elections, held in accordance with the constitution.”

“To this end – and as Zimbabwe’s oldest friend – Britain stands ready to work alongside the country’s people, the international community, and partners in the region such as the Republic of Zambia under the leadership of HE President Edgar Lungu.”

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Central African Republic: following an attack, MSF suspends humanitarian relief activities in Bangassou

Following a violent armed robbery last night that threatened the lives of its workers, the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has evacuated all its 58 national and international staff from Bangassou, a town in the southeastern area of the country that is largely under control of various armed groups affiliated to the Anti-Balaka factions.

“We had the will and the means to stay in those areas. But we cannot put the lives of our staff on the line when the medical structures where we work and our staff are threatened”, says Frederic Lai Manantsoa, MSF’s country director.

In the Bangassou region, half a million people were relying almost entirely on MSF services to access healthcare. Following attacks, most health centers in the area not supported by the organization were left empty, lacking staff and the most basic drugs and medical supplies.

“Today, the 30 children under five who were in intensive care in the Bangassou hospital will not be seen by doctors or nurses. The 26 patients in urgent need of surgery will be left in their beds. The only outside witnesses of what is happening on the ground in the area are UN troops and some missionaries. The Bangassou population has already started leaving the city, including critically ill patients from the hospital”, says Frédéric Lai Manantsoa.

“Facing such huge, desperate needs, an international humanitarian organization like ours should try to remain in the area as long as possible. Leaving the population utterly abandoned is a painful admission that we are unable to bring humanitarian relief to one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world today because of attacks on our staff.”

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