The town hall of Yaoundé1st invites these traders to join the market "Ongola", specially prepared for them.
A few weeks before the African Cup of Nations (CAN) football, the city of Yaoundé is combing through. To this end, the town hall of Yaoundé1st invites the sellers on the run to free the sidewalks of the city center to go and settle Ngoola market, arranged for the occasion.
Except that, the merchants who have their habits on the sidewalks of the central post office, or Kennedy Avenue do not share this opinion, judging the rental prices of spaces in this market above their means. "I have been living at the central post office for 5 years. It is the hub of the city and I find my account by selling the shoes. If the CAN is going to harm our activities on the side of the road, it does not enchant us. On the contrary, I was hoping to make my mark with this competition. The market spaces of Ongola are too expensive, "laments a seller.
And yet, the city of Yaoundé suffered from the congestion of the public road. "So it's normal that we try to raise awareness. What we are doing now, for all these populations whose activity is important, is to make them aware of the merits of putting themselves in places that will be indicated to them when the time comes. And leave the traffic flowing so that players, foreigners, and even spectators, nationals, can easily access the stadium. " says Daniel Nomo Menyé,3rd deputy mayor of the district of Yaoundé1st to RFI.
Inaugurated on September 29 by the Minister of Decentralization and Local Development, Georges Elanga Obam, the "Ongola" Market, which means Yaoundé in the Béti language, aims to declutter the public road in the city center occupied by many street vendors. It consists of a hangar that can accommodate nearly 500 street traders.