Thursday, September 10, 2009

NW Governor given Ultimatum to Quit Residence

The inter-ministerial Commission on disaster management of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MINATD) has issued an ultimatum calling on the Governor of the North West Region, Abakar Ahamat, to quit his residence as the catastrophes around his residence intensify The commission, which was in Bamenda for three days brain-storming on the causes and solutions of the ubiquitous landslides, flood waters and collapsing roads and houses, finally came out with their recommendations on Wednesday, August 19.

Presenting, the recommendations at Ayaba hotel, the head of the commission, Dr. Jean Pierre Nana, who doubles as the Director of civil Protection of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, said before other measures will be taken to mitigate the catastrophes, the Governor of the North West must quit his residence as fast as possible. He observed that his team discovered that the early August landslide was just some few metres away from the Governor’s residence while several cracks were visible around the residence and on the Governor’s house which was constructed by the Germans 106 years ago. “The Governor must leave immediately and lodge else where to obviate any embarrassment”. He warned.

It was equally recommended that the water ways with bridges should be drained either weekly or monthly to avoid flood waters caused by the blockade of the water ways and the population warned against the dangers of throwing garbage in the water ways.

To facilitate proper disposal of the garbage, both the Government and municipal councils were enjoined to put up garbage cans at strategic portions of the town so as to prevent the population from throwing garbage along the water ways.

Harping on the lasting solutions to the collapse of a portion of the national road between Bamenda and Santa which cut the entire North West Region from the world, the commission stressed that more than two roads should be constructed to link Bamenda to West Region while the collapsed portion of the National road is properly constructed. It was therefore recommended that a road should be constructed to link Galim in West Region to Bamali in Ndop and Bamenda in the North West and another constructed to link Santa to Bali Sub Division and Bamenda.

To prevent landslides which are experienced in several places in the Region this year, it was recommended that trees should be planted on the risk zones to reduce the water table. Earlier, the Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council, Vincent Ndumu Nji, ordered the residents in risk zones in his municipality to quit latest April 16, 2010.

Between August 3 and 10 this year, Bamenda town recorded untold flood waters, landslides and the sinking of the roads. As a result, a child was killed at Sisia quarters, four houses collapsed including the concrete walls of Vatican travel agency fence and the sinking of a portion of National road Number 6 between Bamenda and Santa.

At Press time, the Mayor of Bamenda II, Balick Fidelis Awah, announced the collapse of a bridge between Bamenda and Mbengwi and another road leading to GHBS Down Town, Bamenda.

From our news desk
Photos by: George Kweilla Fombutu and Auke VanderHoek

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