By Ndi Eugene Ndi
The Telecommunications Regulatory Board known by its French acronym as A.R.T will soon have a befitting Head office. An official ceremony to lay the foundation tone for the construction of the futuristic smartphone-like structure took place in Yaounde on Monday December 19, 2016 under the aegis of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng.
“This event is the culmination of a long and tedious process that began in 2008 with the launch of an international tender opened on 08 January 8, 2008 for the realization of architectural studies and on October 10, 2011 with the international call for tenders for the construction of the building,” said Jean Louis BehMengue, General Manager of A.R.T.
Despite satisfaction that the agency will eventually have the building, Mr Beh Mengue, said the process leading up to the attribution of the contract witnessed several twists and turns before the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Public Contracts finally signed on 5 August 2016.
Situated opposite the Hilton Hotel along the May 20 Boulevard in the nation’s capital, the building to occupy a surface area of 2,050 square meters will cost FCFA 16 billion. The 16-storey futuristic building with 21 floors; four basements for car parks with approximately 115 spaces will be completed in 40months and will be executed by the Cameroonian and Turkish group, Erdem Soma.
On the ground floor of the two blocks mansion will be, a large hall, the reception, the computer room, the server room and the multipurpose hall with 250 seats.
The archives, the library, a gymnasium and two restaurants (VIP and Personnel) with a capacity of 200 seats will be located on the first floor while offices will be located between the 2nd and 13th floor, according to the technical presentation of the building.
The office of the deputy General Manager will be located on the 14th floor while the General Manager and related services will be staffed on the 15th floor. The 16th floor will among other services host offices of technical advisers, a board room, office of the president of the Board of Directors and related services.
Posts and Telecommunications Minister, Minette Libom Li Likeng, who laid the foundation stone, rejoiced that the building is a significant step towards improving the working conditions of ART staff and contributes to visibility and emergence of the telecommunications sector advocated by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya.