With several billions of CFA francs, trade between Cameroon and Nigeria now suffers from a real decline in activities due to the Ghost Towns observed in the Southwest and Northwest Regions.
Merchants in the Mboppi market in Douala say they are surprised by the turn of events in the North-West and South-West regions. “We did not think that the crisis would change and take on such proportions,” said Iyofé, a wholesaler of Nigerian origin.
According to Le Quotidien de l’Économie of January 6, 2017, the young man was far from contemplating that the crisis that originally affected anglophone lawyers was going to have repercussions in all the sectors of activity and have negative repercussions on trade .
“The Ghost Towns had begun by a single day in the week. It did not matter, we could catch up. Then we went to two or three days a week. This is complicated because it becomes difficult for us to sell our goods over the 3 working days that remain in the week. We are therefore obliged to change our plans, “says Iyofé.
Yet the Government had taken steps to bring about a rapid return to normal in the English-speaking area. However, “the strike is effective on the ground. When you go to that area, it’s really dead. There is nothing and we are afraid to venture into the port of Tiko or Kumba to get our goods. The presence of the BIR (Rapid Intervention Battalion) does not reassure, quite the contrary “, tells a shopkeeper.
The president of the Traders Trade Union of Wouri, Alice Maguedjio, is of the opinion that fear is normal and retaliation is feared in such circumstances. “When there are such situations, it is feared that thugs, bandits and looters will infiltrate to settle the disorder. No trader will risk losing everything. Because many of them, travel with cash to go and buy merchandise, “she explains.
The Mboppi market is a supplier market in other markets. When two Regions no longer come, this has a direct impact on the turnover of traders, it was learned.
“Those who leave the anglophone zone with goods for Douala leave with other goods. This flow is slow to this day. We sincerely hope that this problem will be solved! Because the crisis does not only affect school, it also has a strong impact on economic activities. We estimate the decline in our turnover to 40%, since the beginning of the crisis, “says Alice Maguedjio.