Contributed by Nicholine Akou
The ongoing Anglophone crisis has drastically crippled the Cameroonian economy. While the government is gradually making attempts to solve the ongoing crisis, the economic domain is seriously suffering. After the shutdown of the rubber and banana plantations which were sources of income to the government, another giant, SONARA (National Oil Refinery Company) located in Limbe, Fako Divison, South West Region of Cameroon, went on fire on Friday 31th May at about 10pm.
Reports grip that, part of SONARA went on fire due to an outburst from a tank which stemmed from an electrical fault. Other claims are however circulating on social media that it was a group of “Ambazonian” boys that master minded the whole thing meanwhile a video is also flowing in which a Military man claimed to have caused the explosion and fire outburst.
Consequently, the general manager of SONARA, Jean Paul Simo Njonou announced a temporal stop of the company’s production as well as suspension of contract workers till further notice on Saturday, 1st June. The government in turn declared that prices of crude oil byproducts from the company (petrol, domestic gas, diesel, kerosene) will remain constant.
This is really another sphere in the lives of Cameroonians. What will those workers be doing at the moment? Considering that for now, there are some reserved quantities of petroleum products, will this lead to a shortage in domestic gas and others in the nearest future? These are the questions running through every Cameroonian’s mine while waiting for a way forward.
Edited by Emiliene Alemkeng