Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique distributed FCFA 73 million from the presidential couple to victims on May 5, 2017.
May 5, 2017 offered a rare moment to smile for victims whose shops at the Bamenda food market were burnt by unknown people on March 14, 2017. The event was a special offer of FCFA 73,000,700 to victims by the presidential couple. Victims included some 91 people whose 111 open sheds were burnt, six others whose lock- up shops were erased and 12 tables lost to the fire.
North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique who presided at the event offered FCFA 20 million to victims of the six burnt lock- up shops; about FCFA 495,000 each per open shop and FCFA 100,000 per table burnt. It was a day for the victims who jumped for joy as they hailed the presidential couple for the assistance which will help wipe their tears and start up business activities from scratch. The assistance came as a reminder to those who had been skeptical about promises made by various government officials that the Head of State was following up the ongoing events in the North West and South West regions and was ready to provide appropriate solutions.
Since the March 14, fire incident, many had given up hope and felt so desperate thinking that life would never be the same for them again. However, all of them found reason to be once more happy and the joy was visible on all the faces that left the Bamenda Congress Hall after the brief ceremony chaired by Governor Lele Lafrique on Friday 5 May, 2017. Thus, the Governor repeated calls for the people to have confidence in the State and not listen to those who only preach destruction and division.
It was against this backdrop that North west governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique inspired the victims to have faith in the Presidential couple who have demonstrated that they share in the joys and pains of Cameroonians. The governor urged them to dominate fear and give their families hope with nonstop business activities. He stressed that the assistance was all about goodwill from the Presidential couple and went on to announce that a suspect linked to the burning of the market is being investigated.