By Eric Tataw – Tuesday March 5, 2019.
Investigations have been opened in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé to
Eyewitnesses told National Telegraph the inferno began at 3 AM Monday, March 4, 2019, when traders were asleep, and spread faster before the late arrival of the firefighters.
Inhabitants and some victims say the difficulties in accessing the market, made it most difficult for elements of the National Fire Fighting Unit to put out the fire.
The textile section of the market is reportedly amongst the hardest hit a trader in the market has told National Telegraph.
The inferno comes a
Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration was in Douala, Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the behest of Paul Biya, Cameroon’s President handed over cash to some victims of a fire incident.
Atanga Nji flanged by the Governor of Littoral, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua and the Senior Divisional Officer for Wouri, Mache N. Joseph Bertrand at the Conference Room of the Douala City Council in Douala I Sub-division, personally distributed cash worth over thirty-two million francs (32.000,000F CFA) to victims of the Douala fire incident.
However, the government is yet to make any statements regarding compensation to victims of the Elig Edzoa Market Fire Incident who have blamed it on government. They say added to the fact that elements of the National Fire Fighting Unit arrived late, difficulties in accessing the market made it most difficult to put out the fire.
News of government compensating traders in the French part of Cameroon has been poorly received by many traders in the two English-speaking regions of the country who have suffered colossal losses resulting from numerous fire incidents. At least, thirty buoyant markets have been burnt down in these regions, mostly by Cameroon soldiers, yet the Government has never bothered about providing relief to victims.