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Equipments for the Future Maroua International Airport

Cameroon could soon have the third international airport after Douala and Yaoundé.

Maroua Airport

Maroua Airport

Rehabilitation works are ongoing, according to Allabira Mamadou, deputy General Manager of Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority.

As part of the preparations, the country’s air transport management body recently acquired two fire-fighting trucks and two pick-ups. French made, the equipment cost about 1.5 billion francs CFA, according to a reliable source in the corporation, said Le Quotidien de l’Economie.

With a capacity of 6,100 litres of water and 800 litres of foaming agent, the trucks were handed to the authorities on March 28 in Douala.

Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines had already expressed its desire to fly from Maroua to Istanbul, according to the Governor of the Far North region, Awa Fonka Agustine.

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41 Responses to Equipments for the Future Maroua International Airport

  1. BAH ACHO France Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:16 am GMT +1 at 00:16

    if they are not talking about french made.its french sponsored blibliblibli

  2. pekin for chuok head United States Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 01:13 am GMT +1 at 01:13

    oh my GOD we are finished. Two fire fighting trucks for an international air port? that is the greatest joke of the century. However it is Cameroon where all things are possible.

    • alacata pepper China Internet Explorer Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 02:33 am GMT +1 at 02:33

      confusion is the driving force of cameroon. i also want to believe that the fire trucks and pick-ups are small planes that can fly to cost that amount. we are cursed in the hands of france. the is the only country on earth that nothing good can come from them.

  3. VAPOUR United States Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 01:23 am GMT +1 at 01:23

    Ops, Cameroon…

  4. BueaBoy Finland Google Chrome Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 01:28 am GMT +1 at 01:28

    The so-called D’la Int’l Airport is a symbol of our shame; an indication that our country is a failed state. It doesn’t deserve the title “Int’l”. Any foreigner who passes through that airport would feel sorry for us. Personally, it is humiliation.

    • Yorkshire Lad United Kingdom Opera Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 03:25 am GMT +1 at 03:25

      My Uncle said the exact words you just said. Why opening more airport when the ones we have is in such a state. What about using the funds to rehabilitate what we already have?. Look at Ghana for example, they have only 1 international airport, and its a proper one.

      • John Dinga United States Internet Explorer Windows

        Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 09:50 pm GMT +1 at 21:50

        Placing three airports in operation is similar to putting three taxicabs on the road; the viable ones help to maintain the less profitable one, at least for a while.

        But the trump card in this business is managerial savvy. Unless Cameroon can deploy management that maximizes the human and material resources, it is all vanity, empty boasting about “image de marque du Cameroun”. One does not need a university diploma to know that toilets need regular cleaning, burnt light bulbs need changing,customers need coaxing rather than coercing,and so on.To stay in business and make profits, we must keep aside big titles and let the customer feel like the KING, and he will continue to patronize.

  5. Alisha United States Google Chrome Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 01:28 am GMT +1 at 01:28

    1.5 Billion FCFA? For 2 fire trucks and 2 pick-ups? Common now people, you guys don’t even care to hide this theft anymore! The cost of these vehicles comes up to about 4 million dollars!!? Good grief!

    • Limbe kid United Kingdom Mozilla Firefox Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 01:37 am GMT +1 at 01:37

      That`s what caught my eye. There must be something truly special about these trucks.

      • Alisha United States Google Chrome Windows

        Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 01:45 am GMT +1 at 01:45

        Somebody, somewhere will be walking away with a few million dollars of tax payer money. Only in Cameroon!

        • heine India Google Chrome Windows

          Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 11:04 am GMT +1 at 11:04

          Alisha, it is a disgrace indeed…and to add insult to the whole matter, these are probably used!

          It is unbelievable the extent of theft and corruption. No one questioning the value of the trucks. 1.5 Billion CFA? Even if they were Ferrari or Rolls Roys trucks, they won’t come close to that figure.

          Alachu, you can do a google search to see the actual value of a fire truck. Small counties in the US can afford 2-3 such trucks with very little budget. I challenge you to find a fire truck that costs a million dollars – anywhere, even a Ferrari fire truck would count.

          this is definitely “Grand theft auto” Cameroon style

    • Oneherb United Kingdom Safari iPhone

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:16 pm GMT +1 at 12:16

      @Alisha what is 4 million dollars in CFA? Circa 2 billion cfa! Who is the bigger crook here? Or is your arithmetic just lacking?

  6. De Pimento China Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 02:19 am GMT +1 at 02:19

    It’s not a bad thing to acquire whatsoever from other countries.If they have advanced technology in these fields we can learn from them.What is bad is the inability to train our own people,whereas we have the money.Where do the funds go.There’s just no problem dealing with the French as partners.We cannot live in their countries and refuse to do business with them.

  7. anteto United States Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 03:57 am GMT +1 at 03:57

    Why is it surprising that Cameroon is #1 market? There are more people in Cameroon than in Congo, Gabon, Equatorial guinea, Chad and CAR combined. It’s a no brainer.

    • anteto United States Internet Explorer Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 03:59 am GMT +1 at 03:59

      The above comment was supposed to go with the automobile market post.

      • casara United States Google Chrome Windows

        Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 08:59 am GMT +1 at 08:59

        anteto
        …..and then you got drunk and forgot where you were,right?Pa go get some more guiness.Have you ever seen those Administrative officials in Cameroon?Take mirror look yourself may be you go see them in you.

        Paul Biya the Papa Doc Duvalier of Cameroon.

        • anteto United States Internet Explorer Windows

          Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:59 pm GMT +1 at 12:59

          Well sounds funny right? Hahaha. I will have you know that there are some people who have many other things to do, while at the same time trying to read and post comments.

          • anteto United States Internet Explorer Windows

            Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 01:04 pm GMT +1 at 13:04

            And did you see any hint or inference to government officials while reading my comment? I was talking demographics. You may have to wash your eyes to see better. Either that or you may have to stop those multiple voices sounding in your head.

  8. Vaiocomputers Sweden Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 05:37 am GMT +1 at 05:37

    Why not give a face lift to the disgrace aiport in Douala.Nsimalen is excellent but serves no economic purpose.And now..we are talking of Maroua.

    • Oneherb United Kingdom Safari iPhone

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 09:50 am GMT +1 at 09:50

      Nsimalen excellent? Yeah maybe when compared to Bafut airport.

  9. Felix Dr United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 06:09 am GMT +1 at 06:09

    Yes, why not upgrade the dilapidated douala airport? Why keep promising? These guys have never completed a project. They always talk of the future. Wil, will and will soon, we shall, etc, etc. Why not Bamenda, Bali airport or Kumba airport and bafoussam airport? IDIOTS. Now he is preparing Frank Biya to take over from him. And Ndi John and the other fake opposition guys are just licking their lips of oil that has been rubbed by Biya.

  10. chinaman China Mozilla Firefox Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 07:32 am GMT +1 at 07:32

    Sad we don’t even have one international airport in my opinion > Douala airport is a disgrace.they management use ply wood to as wall, even good furnished quality plywood can be a proof of our rich timer nation but they use the reject open the 10.000frs each traveler pays.We need to think on how to take our nation

  11. John Dinga United States Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 07:59 am GMT +1 at 07:59

    Surfacturation? Erreuer de gestion? You be the judge!

  12. Wanghongniang United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 08:39 am GMT +1 at 08:39

    Mamamiyeeeeeeeeee.. Kai Wailai!!!!!! 1.5 Billion? Didon. Let the sparrow hawk visit this structure ASAP.
    Cameroon may soon have a 3rd Intl Airport bcos we’ve just acquired 2 FF trucks and two pickups?
    Rich captivating Headlines with no contents.

    • Alachu Nkassang Belgium Safari Unknow Os

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 10:25 am GMT +1 at 10:25

      Well I think what we should be asking here is the quality of the trucks.How much is a ferrari? It can be worthy to have those trucks at that amount.The issue here is that the CFA is a toilet tissue and too weak when compared to some foreign currencies.that is why we see it as a huge some of money.To me I think its a good initiative because it will reduce unemploment and will encourage development.the bamenda airport should not forgotten.we need these airports but not as much as we need roads linking the regions.people cannot travel to the airports on foot therefore the government should think of national roads first while they manage the three international airports of D’la,Y’de and Ng’dere

  13. Da Boy Thailand Mozilla Firefox Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 10:04 am GMT +1 at 10:04

    Is that air strip in D’la called an international airport? i don die. No air condition, blocked toilets, no seats fo waiting passengers to sit on, the list is long, yet we pay 10,000frs each time we leave pays as airport tax while the infrastructure gets worst by the time we make the nxt trip. Pathetic

    • Vaiocomputers Sweden Internet Explorer Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 10:39 am GMT +1 at 10:39

      At least they now have some few seats at the departure lounge to support 20 or so passengers and a couple of ghost toilets with no running water.The 10,000frs they collect is used to promote political clientelism a la maniere Camerounaise

  14. BAH ACHO France Mozilla Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 11:53 am GMT +1 at 11:53

    do we understand everything is a question of strategy in the world of today?what is our strategy towards france?shall we continue buying everyday?

    • bobjah Germany Google Chrome Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 03:53 pm GMT +1 at 15:53

      good you are starting to ask these questions, i once asked it here like this and you called me brainwashed. Just to add to that who is wrong now? france for making their money or cameroon for being stupid for generations? We can sout and shout but if we dont realize that we need to learn and do these things with our own knowledge then we can forget

  15. ANGLOPHONE Germany Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:05 pm GMT +1 at 12:05

    All the above-mentioned so-called “international” airports are located east of the moungo.Take note that this will also be on record as another typical example of the marginalisation of the former Southern Cameroons.

  16. Petit Piment de Mvomeka United States Safari Mac OS

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:05 pm GMT +1 at 12:05

    Rubbishhhhhh

  17. Kface Cameroon Google Chrome Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:20 pm GMT +1 at 12:20

    THE PUBLISHER OF THIS NEWS SHOULD MAKE CORRECTION ON THE HEADLINE.
    THERE IS NO WORD IN ENGLISH AS “EQUIPMENTS”, The Correct Spelling is “EQUIPMENT”

    • ANGLOPHONE Germany Internet Explorer Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:37 pm GMT +1 at 12:37

      You have a point here because the plural can be “SETS OF EQUIPMENT” not EQUIPMENTS

      • ANGLOPHONE Germany Internet Explorer Windows

        Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 12:44 pm GMT +1 at 12:44

        ….(SETS OF) Equipment for the Future Maroua International Airport

  18. Emile United States Internet Explorer Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 03:14 pm GMT +1 at 15:14

    Equipment will always be equipment and not equipments. check your caption of the above article.

    • John Dinga United States Internet Explorer Windows

      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 08:23 pm GMT +1 at 20:23

      @ Emile, watch out before self-styled connoisseurs jump in to assault you for trying to teach them grammar. You will soon realize that not too many of our fellow citizens place a high premium on correct usage, which is regrettable.

      There are dimwits on this forum ever so ready to vilify you for attempting to help someone put their facts straight! Someone proudly wrote that Boko Haram “adopted” seven French citizens in Northern Cameroon when the whole world knows that it was “abducted)!

  19. fefe Austria Safari  Android 4.0.3 GT-I9100 Build/IML74K

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 03:57 pm GMT +1 at 15:57

    so if can ship two strap firefighters to Cameroon i may be entitled to an airport?what if i don’t have a modern rader system or billboards to indicate the various flights landing and taking off?the structure of this so call inter airport is like a watch tower at a commercial mais farm.

  20. Cameroon Traveler Cameroon Mozilla Firefox Windows

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 06:45 pm GMT +1 at 18:45

    It’s really sad to see that people here just jump to criticisms with any money related article. Airport security equipment are expensive and a airport fire trucks, which are in fact tankers can run up to 5 hundred thousand US dollars for one to be used in an airport classified as internal. Get two of them and a couple of 4×4 rescue vehicle (which are not your typical 4×4 pickups, but armored and specially equipped trucks) and the bill can get salty.

    Now for those asking why Maroua, this town is a major tourism hub and many tourists now land in Djamena before crossing to Cameroon, requiring multiple visas, which hinders the development of tourism in Cameroon. I applaud this decision.