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Supplemental Assistance To Victims

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Following the rail accident which occurred on 21 October 2016 at Eseka, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA on 25 October 2016, set up a Commission of Enquiry under the authority of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.After taking cognizance of the findings of the Commission of Enquiry, the President of the Republic has prescribed the following measures: (1) review of the concession agreement signed on 19 January 1999 between the State of Cameroon and CAMRAIL corporation, and of the two amendments concluded in 2005 and 2008; (2)  opening of discussions among CAMRAIL partners for stronger State presence in the said corporation and greater focus on social aspects, notably in passenger transport; (3) short-term establishment of the railway heritage management company provided for under the said Agreement, responsible for maintaining the railway network, as well as implementing railway  modernization and extension projects; ( 4) inflicting appropriate sanctions on the officials held responsible for the accident, in the enquiry report; (5) forwarding the enquiry report to the judicial authorities for all legal intents and purposes.Regarding the situation of the accident victims, the President of the Republic has taken cognizance of CAMRAIL's actions undertaken or planned to compensate the families of the deceased and provide financial assistance to the injured.The President of the Republic has decided to disburse the sum of CFAF one billion (1,000,000,000) as supplemental assistance to the victims and their rightful claimants.

With a view to improving emergency management by government authorities, the President of the Republic has ordered the enhancement of the national major disaster and risk prevention and management system through (i) mainstreaming of terrorist act occurrences, (ii) better ownership by stakeholders of their respective roles and of the chain of command, and (iii) regular conduct of full-scale drills.The President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA, reaffirms his solidarity with and the entire nation's support to the victims of the tragic Eseka rail accident and the affected persons.

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