Heavy rains have once again exposed the poor road construction technique along the Bamenda – Babadjou stretch of road.
Passengers who left Bamenda yesterday are still stranded in the West Region, while this morning, those who left other parts of the nation to Bamenda are stuck.
“I have appointments in Yaounde that I cannot honour because I am stuck here, what type of road construction is the state doing on this road for years?” A furious passenger questions the construction works going on.
For many years, the Bamenda – Babadjou stretch has been a nightmare for many road users.
“In 2020, I was stuck at Akum, and 22 out of the 27 pigs I was transporting died,” Fokou, a driver, tells MMI. “I am still paying the loan I took,” he added.
“The Bamenda – Babadjou stretch is very unpredictable; it can alter your program, especially in the wet season,” says another passenger.
Whenever the road is blocked, some emergency works will be done to render the road passable. These works come most often when road users must have spent a day or night at the bad spots.
“Whenever I am traveling, I prepare myself for the worst,” a passenger from Douala tells other passengers while pulling his bag to continue to Bamenda on foot.
Road users say they are getting fed up with the unending works on the Bamenda – Babadjou stretch. They say President Biya should create a commission to supervise the work within timelines since, according to the Ministry of Public Works, it has failed to get the work done.