Two (02) speeches were made, that is a welcome speech by the Coordinator of C2D Regional capital program of Bamenda with another speech from the representative of the General Manager of ILO.
In his welcoming remarks, the Coordinator of C2D Regional capital program of Bamenda drew the attention of participants to the context of the training, recalling the advocacy of the Minister of Housing and Urban Development for the promotion of competence now devolved to local elected officials and their technical staff in the realisation of infrastructure projects, job creation and poverty reduction. On the basis of this reality, he encouraged the trainees to give the best of themselves in the appropriation of labour-intensive based technology (LIBT) for the transformation of the physiognomy of Bamenda, capital of North-West.
In his opening remarks, the representative of the General Manager of ILO, stressed that the importance of the Government of Cameroon, signing the agreement between the International Labour Office (ILO) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU) was intended to contribute to the development of local communities through the use of LIBT approach for the creation of development projects.
The overall objective of the seminar was to enable participants to have a better knowledge of particular techniques on the production and laying of paving units aims to give them technical skills necessary for the production of quality concrete and to mould it into paving units for road surfaces, after having treated them according to technical specifications. Specifically, at the end of the training, participants acquired knowledge and skills on:
1. The necessary know-how on the production of quality concrete and transforming it into precast concrete paving units;
2. The necessary know-how on how to execute a road project in the urban area;
3. The methodology for the preparation of different structures of a road project.
To conclude this phase, the representative of the General Manager, presented the main articulations namely:
• Raising the awareness of the participants about the integration of decency into labour intensive based technology approach project;
• the training of the technical personnel of the City and sub divisional councils of Bamenda 1, 2 and 3 on the production and laying of paving units through LIBT approach;
• training of young people in the city of Bamenda on the implementation of urban infrastructure projects through the use of labour intensive based approach;
• the grouping of young people trained into cooperatives and economic interest groups for the sustainability of achievements.
A family photo and an opening cocktail closed this first part of the program around 12 noon.