Fire Claims Several Floors of National Assembly Building

National Assemby caught fire around 10 pm Thursday Nov. 16

The fire consumed the 7th to the 4th floor and part of the 3rd , housing various offices including those of the  Vice-Presidents, the Deputy Secretary General, the SDF  parliamentary Group Office, the Directorate of Budget, committee rooms amongst many others. But the hemicycle, where national assembly holds in plenary sessions was spared by the fire.

The fire reportedly started around 10pm on the night of Thursday November 16, 2017b on the 7th floor, and spreading downward.  The ravaging fire was tamed by the intervention of the  Yaoundé Army Rescue Unit backed by those of Yaoundé-Nsimalen international airport and that Cameroon Petroleum Depot (SCDP).

House Speaker, Cavaye Yengui Djibril later showed up at the scene to see the extent of the damage. Other officials of the National Assembly took turns to pass by.  Also present at the scene were the Brigadier General, commander of the first Gendarmerie Region, Housseini Djibo, administrative officials of the Centre region and Mfoundi division.  Also gathered around the Ngoa Ekelle area where the building is located were curious onlookers. Smoke and light from the building could be seen across several neigbourhood of the Nation’s capital.

The incident occurred at a time when MPs had gathered in Yaoundé for the 3rd Ordinary Session devoted towards examination and adoption of a state budget for 2018. It also comes at a time the Anglophone crisis in both the Northwest and Southwest are preoccupying public attention. investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.

Source: Bamenda Online

2 Responses to  Fire Claims Several Floors of National Assembly Building

  1. tata November 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Oh what a tradegy this is really the end of times.

  2. Abakwa Boy November 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

    These are the signs of the end time for a decaying régime. The Boko haram menace in the north, central African rebels in the east, the growing socia-political crisis in the Northwest and southwest regions, the bakassi pirates, the national assembly building, numerous roads accidents here and there. An impending economic crisis and so on, we heading towards the crest. Look over to the south and you will see our reflection, Wait and see.

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