While motorists have been complaining about a lack of fuel at the pumps for several days, the authorities’ explanation is that the problem is a logistical one.
Since the beginning of the week, Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde has been experiencing a fuel shortage. Super unleaded and paraffin are the most affected by the shortage. The few petrol stations in Cameroon’s capital that still have these two fuels are overrun with long queues. The Ministry of Water and Energy says “the boat used to transport the fuel was delayed for several days, slowing down the supply chain”.
For his part, in an interview with CRTV, Gabriel Eteki Ebokolo, Deputy Managing Director of the Cameroonian Company of Oil Deposits (CCOD), assures us that Cameroon has sufficient stocks. “On behalf of the Managing Director of the Cameroonian Company of Oil Deposits, I would like to reassure everyone, especially those in Yaoundé, that there is no problem with the availability of products either in Yaounde or throughout the country,” said Gabriel Eteki Ebokolo, Deputy Managing Director of the CCOD.
As for the Ministry of Trade, under the impetus of the Minister , teams from the Ministry of Trade have been mobilised to track down speculators in order to ensure the smooth operation of the fuel market. Unannounced raids have been carried out at several petrol stations to check that fuel is being distributed normally and to identify any abusive practices.