After the departure of the town's waste disposal company, HYSACAM, heaps of dirt were dumped along major streets in Bamenda. Elements of the 5th military region, recently embarked on tiding up some parts of the streets, which came as a relief to some inhabitants, although their efforts weren’t enough.
It is for this reason that the construction company, Edge, embarked on carrying away dirt in the city’s major markets from Nkwen market to mile 4 and 5, Foncha street, Mulang, Commercial avenue, T-junction and Ntarikon market. The voluntary clean up campaign had been baptised, “Fight against health epidemic: Bamenda deserves better”.
The Chief Executive Officer of Edge, Tachang Pius revealed that the waste disposal process has claimed the company over FCFA 50 million, which he doesn’t regret spending as long as the town is clean and safe for the people of Bamenda.
“ In our African culture, when your neighbor is in trouble, you step in to help before asking why – we are not stepping into the shoes of Hysacam. Our gesture is only to solve a pending health issue that hovers over this city. With all humility we are not here to replace Hysacam but doing what we can to help the situation”, said Edge's CEO to the media in Bamenda.
Expectations are high that the company would continue the exercise, in collaboration with Hysacam , military or other concerned forces, so that the town can remain clean.
The departure of Hysacam from Bamenda, Buea and Kumbo was prompted by a series of attacks on its workers and equipment by armed separatists.