11, February 2017
The 21st assembly of Cameroon Road National Council, CONAROUTE has revealed that 3,088 accidents and 1,102 deaths were officially registered in 2016 in the country. The information was made public during a working session of the body in Yaoundé, the nation’s capital.
Cameroonian authorities have long announced road safety measures without implementing them. According to the experts, the corrupt nature of security agents and poor road traffic prevention schemes, partly explains the laxity on Cameroonian roads, where one can easily encounter vehicles that have not had technical visits for decades or drivers without a driving license.
Many Cameroonians are clandestinely engaged in the transport sector against a few banknotes slipped into the hands of the controlling security agents. By 2014, the UN had classified the 240 km Douala-Yaounde axis as one of the most dangerous highways in the world.
By Sama Ernest