Since the start of the socio-political crisis plaguing the North West and south west regions, the economic prowess of these two regions have been weakened. These are one of the objectives of this secessionist group.
Addressing the concerns raised by the population during government field missions, the Head of State, President of the Republic Paul Biya ordered the release of special funds for the implementation of a number of development projects, especially infrastructure projects, in the North-West and South-West Regions doped the “emergency humanitarian plan”. Paradoxically, most of these projects are being slowed down by repeated abuses perpetrated by the terrorists against staff of companies responsible for implementing the projects.
On the field these are some of the glaring examples: – on 15 March 2018, four employees of SOROUBAT in charge of constructing the Kumba-Ekondo Titi road were kidnapped. One of them, a Tunisian, was later killed by his abductors; – on 12 December 2017, 7 employees of the Geotechnical Research, Studies and Control Firm (BRECG), hired to conduct geotechnical studies for the construction of the bridge over River Ebinsiont, were kidnapped in Akwaya Sub-division (Manyu Division) and are believed to have been assassinated by the terrorists. The objective of the terrorists seems to be to destroy the economy of the North-West and South-West Regions. In addition to repeated attacks against essential infrastructure construction projects, they attack existing infrastructure (destruction of the pylons of telecommunication companies, etc.) and economic activities. “Ghost town” operations imposed through intimidation and threat are having disastrous consequences on economic activities and household incomes. Due to these “ghost town” operations, burnings and explosive attacks, many businesses and markets have closed down.
The activities of industries in the South-West Region (PAMOL and CDC), which are victims of repeated attacks, are being paralyzed and their survival threatened. Thousands of people thus run the risk of losing their jobs. Agricultural activities are also affected by the criminal actions of terrorist militia groups. Many families are compelled to abandon their agro-pastoral activities. Driven by greed, the terrorists also attack goods transport and travelling activities, increasing hold-ups and looting.
But in the face of all these worries, the Cameroon defence forces stands steadfast not only in securing the territorial integrity of Cameroon also edging the population to collaborate by instituting the policy of popular defence towards a common enemy.