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Cameroon – Bamenda: The Omnisports Stadium construction stopped…because there’s no money (?)

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Written by Deckson N.

The works that were going on are on a standstill. The ceremony of laying of the first stone of the Bamenda Omnisports Stadium took place during the month of April 2016.

The now former municipal stadium of Bamenda is abandoned. On observation, the site presents as work done so far: earthworks, sand and gravel here and there, a few concrete blocks already designed, and foundations dug here and there. For the moment there is no observed elevation of walls and workers are missing. Beyond these visible things, not only the place is deserted, but machines and personnel, who were deployed to color the laying of the foundation stone, are gone, says La Nouvelle Expression of Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Indeed, “the work is standstill due to lack of money,” say three workers met on site. In addition to this, according to an anonymously worker who has been hired to work in the framework of this project, “even what we have done, they have not paid all our money, we can not stop work and they refused to pay on the agreed time, “it is said in the newspaper.

A situation that infuriates both employees of this site and the inhabitants of Bamenda who do not hesitate to show their discontent.

Since these people came to this folklore laying of the foundation stone, we are still waiting. Nobody has come to see how we suffer now. Every Sunday, that’s where I was doing my sport and several young people too. We can’t play our “dimancatch”  on Sunday morning anymore, ” denounces Ambe Sylvanus, bookseller at the entrance of the stadium.

The Olympic stadium of 2500 seats in the city of Bamenda will never be a reality, it is a project that will remain on paper,” says the sexagenarian.

Some go even further, thinking that the Olympic Stadium in Bamenda will be launched during the election campaign in 2018.

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