74M For Bamenda Food Market Fire Victims

Victims pose for a picture with the Governor

The President of the Republic, H.E Paul Biya has compensated the victims of the March 14th fire incident at the Bamenda food market where a total of six lockup stores, 91 open stores (temporal stores) and 12 trading benches were ravaged by fire in a suspected arson.

Handing over the financial package to the victims today, May 5, 2017, at a brief ceremony held at the Bamenda Congress Hall, North West Governor, Adolph Lele L’Afrique challenged them to put the money into effective use so that they can start their businesses anew.

 A total of 73,700,000 FRS was distributed to the victims. The six affected lockup stores shared a total 20 million FRS, 475,000 FRS each to the 91 temporal sheds and 100,000 FRS each for the 12 trading tables that were razed to the ground in the fire incident.

victims receiving their package from the Governor

A lockup victim receives her package from the Governor

The D.O for Bamenda II allocating the various envelops

The financial support he says is not a compensation for their loss but a gesture from the head of state to his compatriots.

He also called on the victims to Shun all calls for civil disobedience and” stand by the state” as government has taken measures to resolve the current Anglophone crisis raised by Anglophone teachers and lawyers.

Its popular believe in Bamenda that the shops were burnt because they did not respect the calls for ghost town that has paralysed economic activities in the Northwest and southwest Regions for close to four months now.

One of the victims, Mdzemnia Emmaculate, who owned a lock up shed said she received a total of 3.9 million FRS and express her gratitude to the head of state for coming to their aid though she acknowledged that the amount is meager compares to the colossal sum of about 27 million FRS worth of goods that she lost to the fire.

Governor Lele called on the Victims to repay the Head of State's good gesture by shunning calls for ghost town

One person, whose names has not been made public is currently held under detention in relation to the  fire incident while the other perpetrators of the act are reported to be on the run, Northwest Governor said.

Through the traders initiative and means, the part of the market that was destroyed by th fire has been reconstructed and reinforced.

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis and Suilareng Elvis

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