For close to three (3) years that the alarm was raised about the degrading rift of the Nkol Ndoe II rock, Yaounde VI Sub Division in the Mfoundi Division of the Center Region, Government’s response is yet to be felt, and the population continue to live in fear.
The population of Akon Ndoe II, are worried that the fissure on the rock keeps widening as days pass by.
Damian is a resident of the hillside village, he says he has supported the threats for long with hopes that the government would step in and address the situation, but has now resolved to pack out to a safer locality.
“Most of us here no more sleep with our two eyes closed because fear of the rock splitting off anytime is deep in us” he told News Upfront.
According to the village head of the area, Alexandre Nafia Yomo, it is by faith and trust in God that the population of Nkol Ndoe II continue to live in their homes.
“We have tried to encourage some people living directly under the crack to relocate, but where to is our major problem, the crack is presently frightful and can give up anytime” the village head noted.
This reporter talked to most of the inhabitants of Nkol Ndoe II, and their biggest worry is government’s laxity in addressing the situation which could degenerate into a disaster.
In May 2018, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, accompanied by the governor of the Centre region, Naseri Paul Bea, visited the site and promised government’s prompt response.
MinAT boss, declared to the population that;
“We have heard your worries, we see the danger in the rift, I shall personally forward a report to the Head of State Paul Biya, who will provide the appropriate response in no distant time”
Paul Atanga Nji enjoined the population to continue to stay peaceful and avoid activities that could further endanger the rift.
More than two years after the visit, nothing concrete has been done, News Upfront gathered from the inhabitants.
The situation is not good news to some Cameroonians.
Ayah Paul Abine of the Ayah foundation has put to question government’s sincerity in handling the situation in Nkol Ndoe II.
He wondered why till now, nothing has been done to secure the rock, when almost everyone is aware of its dangers.