Cameroon hit by shortage of cement, fuel, cooking gas
Cement, fuel and cooking gas are in short supply in Cameroon, leading to price hikes, APA learnt here.
The shortage of cement has persisted for a long time and the manufacturing company, CIMENCAM, last week increased the price of cement from 5,200 to 5,800 FCFA for a 50-kg bag.
"We are still waiting for supplies. Despite several follow-ups, CIMENCAM is still asking us to wait", a wholesaler said.
At the cement works in Douala, lines of trucks are waiting for supplies.
Traders are taking advantage of the shortage and adding up to 1,000 FCFA to the official price of cement.
Officials at the cement works said on Thursday that the situation could come back to normal by next week.
Fuel and cooking gas became scarce beginning on Tuesday and some filling stations have closed momentarily due to the shortage.
The managing director of the Cameroonian Oil Deposits Company said on Thursday that the fuel shortage is due to "a slight gap in the distribution process" and it would not be "appropriate to talk about fuel shortage".
The National Refinery Company is currently producing about 3,000 tons of cooking gas per month while the national demand is estimated at 4,500 tons.
The French multinational, TOTAL, the successful bidder for the importation of 1,500 tons of gas, is still unable to supply the market.
However, the company said that a shipment is due to arrive by the weekend.