Cameroon: Rail Transport Difficulties - Eseka Traditional Leaders Meet Transport Minister

The meeting, which took place last Wednesday aimed at bringing a lasting solution to the transportation difficulties in the locality.

Some traditional leaders of Eseka in the Centre Region were at the Ministry of Transport on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 to deplore what they qualified as the poor quality of transportation for their population between Douala and Yaounde. During the discussion chaired by the Minister of Transport, Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe, stakeholders said it was an opportunity to examine the rail transport problems faced by the people, seek lasting solutions so as to ensure serenity in the locality.

Speaking on behalf of the traditional leaders, Mbombog Bruno Mbilla said Eseka is suffering from insufficient and irregular train transportation, which disrupts the economic and social activities of the local population. He stressed the absence of a clear willingness, on the part of CAMRAIL, to provide decent transport means for the population, the multiple inconveniences caused to the population who, having as a means of transport only the train, spend several hours waiting in the stations day and night.

He also noted that such treatment should not be inflicted on the population of Eseka and its neighbouring villages, given that their parents and grandparents worked a lot to build the railway between Douala and Yaounde. "Something they did with great sacrifice", Bruno Mbilla reiterated.

After a close door discussion with Minister Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe and his collaborators, Bruno Mbilla while speaking to the press, told his population to remain calm and should know that they have not been abandoned. "We are preoccupied with their sufferings when it comes to train circulation in the locality. That is why we have mobilized, so that the Minister should hear us and bring a solution to the problems faced by the population," Bruno Mbilla noted.

He further revealed that the government is very attentive to the problems of the Eseka population with a revelation that the government had started seeking solutions to the peoples' problems even before the traditional chiefs brought the issue to the Minister's table.

The Minister of Transport is open to effectively follow-up and ensure the implementation of recommendations from discussions that took place between the population and CAMRAIL six months ago, especially in making sure that in the shortest time a transportation solution is reached at the Eseka locality.

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