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Biya finally compensates Eseka train victims 14 months’ after

A Presidential promise to compensate victims of the Eseka train derailment worth FCFA 1billion is underway 14 months’ after Paul Biya made the promise.

The Secretary General at the Prime Minister’s Office, Professor Seraphine Magloire Fouda chaired a meeting in Yaounde Wednesday October 3 to launch the payment exercise.

Besides the symbolic meeting held with the Victims of the accident, the Scribe at the PM’s Office extended the Head of State’s compassion to the affected families.

In this first phase of compensation, cheques worth FCFA 600 million were handed over to the concerned.

The respective families have been informed to visit any branch of Afriland First Bank to cash the cheques.

Two weeks back, one of the counsels of the victims of the train accident, Barrister Fru John Nsoh, expressed concern during a television debate over the delay in fulfilling the promise.

Seven months after the October 21,2016 accident, President Biya through a Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the derailment announced the compensation.

In a May 23,2017 release which bore the seals of the Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, Biya also called for legal actions against those responsible.

In the same release, the President called for a review of the agreement between CAMRAIL and the State of Cameroon.

Just recently, a court in Eseka ruled in favour of victims of the accident. The court found CAMRAIL responsible for the accident

At least 600 persons are known to be victims of the train accident. Official Government sources put the number of deaths following the accident below 80, but other sources talk of over 100 deaths recorded in the tragedy.

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