Selbé Darang (Adamoua)’s local authorities plan to demolish the chaotic buildings around the airport of Ngaoudéré. While speaking to the neighborhood on Monday, June 26, Vina divisional officer Yves Bernard Awounfack explained that the Ngaoundéré airport domain is public domain, hence, they need to vacate the premises.
The Ngaoundéré airport domain was classified as public domain by a presidential decree issued on July 2, 2022. The Head of State's decree stipulates that the land covering a total area of 351 hectares 50 ares 65 centiares, housing the Ngaoundéré airport facilities at Quartier aéroport, Mbidjoro and Selbe Darang, is classified as an artificial public domain.
"The said classification implies the partial and/or total expropriation of some land titles, as well as land in the process of being registered, included in the land base of this airport domain," explains the civil aviation authority, which organized a consultation on the preservation of the said space with the parties concerned on July 14, 2022.
Compensation has been set aside for those whose properties would be destroyed or expropriated in the framework of that operation, we learn. But, according to Yves Bernard Awounfack, only those who settled on the premises before 2021 will be compensated.
"Of the thousands of local residents affected, only 259 families who settled on the site before 2021 will receive compensation. The other occupants settled after 2021 will not receive any compensation from the State of Cameroon," state-owned media Cameroon Tribune reports quoting the administrative authority.
Yves Bernard Awounfack also invites those whose property transactions were concluded after 2021 to report the parties who placed them in such an illegal position “to win their case.”