By Marbel Anjumah
The Governor of the Northwest Region, Adolf Lele l’Afrigue, will donate gifts to victims of the 1986 Lake Nyos disaster in Boyo Division on Monday, August 25.
The gifts include; school materials worth FCFA 17 million, food supplies worth FCFA 10 million, needs of ageing persons worth FCFA 3 million and sanitary kits worth FCFA 3 million, summing up to FCFA 33 million. This was disclosed recently during a seminar commemorating the anniversary of the Lake Nyos disaster which occurred on August 21, 1986.
Presiding over the meeting, Governor Lele L’Afrigue assured the people of security around Lake Nyos. He said the gifts are for the victims to take care of their health, stressing that they will be no preferential treatment. He equally asserted that, with the presence of security around the Lake Nyos environment and the rapid degassing of the killer Lake, “Nyos is now comfortable for resettlement and I call on all the victims to resettle”, he stated.
The Director of Civil Protection, Jean Pierre Nnana, said Lake Nyos has four components which are; the reinstallation of the population, environment, protection and development of infrastructure. He continued that the projects are presently going on and will soon be completed, depending on the contractors.
The Senior Divisional Officer for Boyo, Joseph Oum ΙΙ, said; “the population of Boyo is 1,002 students, 1,464 pupils and 239 households. The people are faced with problems of long and short term needs”, he explained. It would be recalled that parts of Boyo Division were affected by the disaster.
Talking to The Post, the General Manager of Civil Protection, Dr. Joseph Victor Hell, said: “About 85 percent of gas in the Lake has been removed and the degree of fear around this environment has been reduced, but I am not saying that it is completely safe,” he said.
He equally asserted that; “We are putting in all the efforts to see that all the gas in this Lake is removed and there should be no fear of any explosion from Lake Nyos. The assertion that Lake Nyos is still not safe is contradictory,” Governor Lele remarked, calling on victims to go and resettle there.
*(NPB Student on Internship)