Extended Ghost Town Losing Steam

Bamenda Main Market- Open doors no trader, no buyer

The call for three days of ghost town forced on the populations of the Northwest and Southwest regions have witnessed a downward trend in week two.

The ghost town usually leaves the streets of Bamenda quiet with total blackout to business activities, a general silence around markets and its surrounding areas, handful of commercial motor bikes and a couple of taxis if any, plying the roads

The situation witnessed a change this week with more economic activities witnessed particularly around markets. More Yellow caps were visible on the streets particularly on the third day. The thia slow pick up of commercial activities some inhabitants say is due to the increase in frequency of ghost town days from one to three in a single week.

The one day ghost town that started in January had made business persons to adjust their schedules with Sundays used for catch-ups while Mondays become the day of rest.

In a press release signed on the 6th of August 2017 by Barrister Eyambe Elias Deputy S.G and Tassang Wilfred, the program coordinator of the outlawed Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, a three day ghost town was instituted in former West Cameroon, to run till the 4th of October 2017.

For a second week running, the denizens of Bamenda have found it difficult to cope with the financial hardship. Bike riders now make unreasonable profit due to hike in bike fares. The township taxis have also announced their presence on the streets while hawkers and roadside vendors have continued to answer present.

Money transfer institutions are going about with their activities normally but classical banks and micro finance institutions still shut down their businesses for fear of the unknown. In the residential areas, bars and other petit businesses are partially opened to customers and visitors.

The people of former West Cameroon have called on the government to release the remaining Anglophone detainees held at the Kodengui Maximum security prison and the Secretariat for Defense (SED) and initiate dialogue for a peaceful resolution of the Anglophone crisis.

North West Regional Delegate for Trade sometime in February 2017, estimated that the region looses at least one Billion Francs every ghost town day.

It should also be recalled that the ghost town has in some ways seriously affected the start of a new school year in these regions. Classes are gradually picking up with reports from various public and private schools reporting a gradual rise in number of students turning up.


Source: Bamenda Online

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