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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Anglophone Crisis: Meme SDO begs fleeing population to stay as passengers outnumber vehicles

The Senior Divisional Officer, SDO for Meme Division, South West Region of Cameroon Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong stormed public transport agencies early Saturday September 15 begging city dwellers fleeing the unknown of the Anglophone crisis to return home.

Ntou’ou Ndong in a surprise move toured the major inter urban transport agencies across the metropolis of Kumba. He was accompanied by security officials of the Division.

At one of the agencies visited, the prefect told the officials and passengers at the parks to return home, trust the government and collaborate with the forces of law and order.

The administrator’s caravan drove through the commercial avenue to BICEC junction and then to the Buea road motor park preaching the same message of assurance to the population.

At one of the bus agencies, the officials told the prefect that, they were simply working their money. The officials explained to the administrator that, they are into business and cannot stop providing services to people will want to travel.

The move comes at a time when the major neighbourhoods of kumba have been abandoned. At least 60 percent of the city host to over 800.000 (unofficial statistics) inhabitants have escaped to the French speaking Regions of the country.

Saturday’s move comes after massive relocations that intensified since Tuesday. Despite calls from the media and civil society for administrative assurances to the population, there was no action from any angle.

The few hundreds of passengers whom the administrator met at the parks are those who could not get space in the last four days. The congestion at parks had reached levels where people pay their transport and wait for two days before getting a bus.

From Tuesday to Friday September 14, some agencies load as many as seven coasters within three hours. Yet the crowds kept swelling at the parks.

Unlike in Fako Division where an a temporal ban has been placed on travelling, the Meme administration has not issued any such release.
It is the second time in about two months that the prefect is stepping to the field to caution the population against relocating to other areas.