At visit to new EMIA campus under construction: Defence minister lauds Military Engineering Corps for impressive, quality works.

Colonel Jackson Kamgaing presenting state of project to MINDEF boss

The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, has showered praises on the Military Engineering Corps, for the quality works realised so far at the site to host the new campus of the Combined Services Military Academy, known by its French acronym EMIA.

Minister Beti Assomo was speaking Tuesday at the site in Ekoum-Abang, Awae Subdivision, Mefou and Afamba Division of the Centre Region.

The project, which started on February15, 2024, is being carried out on the firm instructions of the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Paul Biya.

The construction works have been entrusted to the Military Engineering Corps, under the coordination of its Director, Colonel Jackson Kamgain.

Minister Beti Assomo who was visiting the site for the first time since works effectively started, said he was marveled to see that in just four months, the rate of execution stands at 40%.

“That is to say this project will be completed before the 24-month deadline. It is for this reason that I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Director of the Military Engineering Corps, and all his teams on the field, both military and civilians, for the serenity in the execution of the works and for the technical quality,” Minister Beti Assomo said.

The member of government said the move to construct a more befitting infrastructure to host the Combined Services Military Academy is a step made by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to delocalise the institution from its present site at Melen, Yaounde; which is overwhelmed with the increasing number of trainees.

He said as the various phases of the project are being completed, the trainees of the institution will progressively be transferred to the new campus.

Defence minister being led on guided tour of project site



Enter Military Engineering Corps Director

Colonel Jackson Kamgain, the project manager of the construction of the new EMIA campus, presented the project in its entirety to the defence minister.

He detailed that the project, which is being carried out on a surface area of 45 hectares, will provide the school with modern infrastructure that meets the training standards and expectations of the nation’s future elite officers. He said it would also contribute to enhancing the image of the country.

Colonel Kamgain revealed that the project will be realised in three phases, with the first phase comprising the construction of buildings and facilities for probationary training.

The second phase, he said, will consist of the construction of buildings and facilities for cadet officers in the first and second years of training while the third phase includes the construction of buildings and facilities for induction training, unit command and general services; that is hospital, fuel depot and residential areas.


State-of-the-art facilities in the making

Addressing the MINDEF boss during the visit, Colonel Kamgain disclosed that the facilities to be constructed under the first phase include, a building to house the Familiarisation Training Division, Infirmary and a Police Post with a watchtower and detention rooms and two single-storey buildings that can accommodate 250 cadet officers.

Also included in this phase of the project are a refectory, with a kitchen and a store, an armory, partially-buried ammunition bunker, a borehole with a 10,000-litre water tank, single-storey building for 80 female cadet officers, a building for 400 male cadet officers and another for the accommodation of senior officers as well as a shooting range.

Two multipurpose sports grounds for disciplines like handball, basketball, volleyball and football pitch, with an athletics track, have also been earmarked.

The workaholic Director of the Military Engineering Corps said upon completion of the first phase of the project, the campus will be able to accommodate 480 cadet officers and instructors.

Minister Beti Assomo, Military Engineering Corps Director, others immortalise event



Upbeat about completing project before deadline

The Director of the Military Engineering Corps sounded positive about getting the project completed by January 2025, despite the time frame of January 2026, which was given to them.

The current workforce at the project site comprises fifty military personnel and 150 civilian workers who are working full-time.

Colonel Kamgain said by the time the entire project is completed, the new EMIA campus will be able to accommodate and train 1,600 cadet officers and trainee officers. 

After the presentation of the project, the Military Engineerng Corps Head of Detachment, Captain Akem Colins, led the minister and his entourage on a guided tour of some of the structures under construction and sites where other facilities will be implanted.

Created in 1959, the Combined Services Military Academy, EMIA, trains top ranking military personnel from Cameroon and foreign countries.




This story was first published in The Guardian Post issue No:3143 of Wednesday June 19, 2024


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