A large hole in the middle of a main road linking Pétrolex-Olembé to Obala and Bafoussam via Bafia has cut off movements in the nation’s capital Yaoundé. The inhabitants of the Olembe neighborhood say they just got up today morning and discovered the hole. The area is also home of what is going to be the largest sports complex in Cameroon, whose work is still in progress and is expected to be delivered before the end of 2018.
The Olembe axis serves the outlying districts in Yaoundé and connects two important departments of the Center region. These are the districts of Mefou and Afamba (Nkozoa, Akak, Ebang, Fomakap, Kometou) and Mfoundi, the seat of many Cameroonian government institutions.
The Yaoundé-Bafoussam highway facilitates a large traffic of thousands of vehicles every day, which sometimes go to Bamenda in Southern Cameroons. A large part of the economic activity in the Center region has been paralyzed. A similar situation occurred on October 21, 2016 when the Manyais Bridge on the Douala-Yaounde motorway collapsed and pushed many road users to board the Inter City train that crashed at Eseka.
By Rita Akana
Cameroon Intelligence Report