The Cameroonian government announced the deployment of severe measures to combat the recent spate of assaults on cab users. As part of this plan, the Minister of Territorial Administration (Minat), Paul Atanga Nji, and the Minister of Transport (Mintransports), Jean Ernest Masséna Ngalle Bibehe, held a working session with leaders of transporters’ unions and associations yesterday in Yaoundé.
Several measures aimed at improving security in public transportation in the country's major cities, particularly in the capital, are already being implemented, we learned. "From now on, all transport vehicle owners will be registered with administrative authorities, and a file of the names of temporary and permanent drivers will be submitted to law enforcement agencies and unions,” the Minister of Territorial Administration explained. Other moves include the reinforcement of controls on vehicles and intercity routes.
The government seeks, through this new approach, to improve the daily life of millions of people who use public transport every day, and make sure they feel safe while in cabs. "It is time to sound the alarm so that this phenomenon (...) is completely eradicated in our cities, our departments, and our districts. Thanks to the efficiency of the police and the gendarmerie, some criminals have been arrested," said Paul Atanga Nji.