The Yaoundé Urban Community (CUY) has not launched the construction works for the Etoudi commercial complex on June 23 as planned. In a release dated June 30, Mayor Luc Messi Atangana indicates that works will start on July 12, giving traders and transporters still operating on the construction site up to July 10 to vacate the premises to ensure the seamless execution of the works.
On June 27, Luc Messi Atangana and Emmanuel Mariel Djikdent, the senior divisional officer of Mfoundi, carried out a site visit informing occupants about the postponement. This postponement was decided in response to traders who requested a new deadline to vacate the site.
"The plan is to build a modern commercial complex of a little over 400 modern stores with all the necessary amenities, to replace the makeshift wooden shops currently built in this very unhealthy and overcrowded area," the mayor said.
According to the CUY, this new infrastructure will embellish the area and contribute to improving the working conditions of shopkeepers.
Pending the commissioning of the shopping complex in 12 months (the initial period was 18 months), the CUY says the 151 stallholders identified by his technical teams will be temporarily relocated to a site prepared at the Etoudi market.