By Tata Mbunwe
There is electricity in most neighborhoods in the legendary town of Buea, but residents of Limbe Quarter, a neighborhood close to the Molyko Omnisport Stadium, say they have been in blackout for almost three weeks now.
A student who spoke to MMI says they are now compelled to use lamps to study for weeks now while surrounding quarters have electricity supply.
“For almost three weeks now, we have had no electricity for up to 5 hours out of 24 hours. We sleep in the dark, we study with bushlambs and candles,” lamented a student who resides in the neighborhood.
The said neighborhood is inhabited by mostly students from all levels of studies, says a resident.
Surrounding neighborhoods, including Ndongo and Checkpoint, have electricity supply all this while with only Limbe Quarter being in blackout, the resident adds.
“We cannot effectively study at night because ENEO has been cutting us power. The disturbing part of it is that only Limbe Quarter is in the dark,” a student, Emilia Nkongho told Mimi Mefo Info.
“Please let ENEO have mercy on us the students/population of Limbe Quarter because it is horrible and unbelievable that we are all in Buea but a section can go without power for weeks,” the student added.
After taking over from AES Sonel, the lone national electricity supplier, ENEO, has faced challenges maintaining stable electricity supply, especially in the crisis-hit English-speaking parts of Cameroon.
The city of Bamenda has been worse hit with transmission lines usually damaged during the fighting between the Cameroon military and separatist fighters.
Along the Kumba-Buea motor way, several electricity lines have been damaged with roadside towns like Ekona, Banga, Malende, etc, still battling with electricity challenges.
Former electricity supplier, AES Sonel, was renamed ENEO in September 2014 but the quality of electricity supply has not changed in the country with blackouts still reported in major towns and cities.
Mimi Mefo Info