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Bue : Tricycles Send Truck Pushers Out Of Business

Most of them have embraced new trade to keep life moving.

Trucks that used to flood many major junctions in Buea are now facing extinction. Peter Mbowong, a truck pusher at Street Two Great Soppo Buea said many of his colleagues with whom he flourished in the truck pushing business in mid-2000’s have now been pushed out of business by the coming of tricycles. In 2006, he said, the business of truck pushing was lucrative with Street Two Great Soppo serving as a melting pot in Buea. “I ferried things from Great Soppo to Tole, Bokwnago, Muea, Mile 16, Molyko among others. Prices for the places mentioned ranged from FCFA 4,000 to 10,000 depending on the stuff carried,” Mbowong lamented the glorious day. He said now they carry petit things and for very short distances with little returns for the day, “some days I do not even return home with FCFA 2000.”  38-year-old Amadou Bongkiyung a tricycle rider at Street Two Great Soppo Buea said the business is lucrative as he makes between FCFA 10, 000- 40, 000 per day. “We are just the two of us here at Street Two riding tricycle but we do what over 20 trucks could have done. Many persons prefer tricycles to trucks because a tricycle is fast and carry more load than a truck does,” he compared. He abandoned truck pushing in 2015 to embrace tricycle when the latter had little returns. Peter Mbowong said the number of truck pushers in Street Two kept on reducing. “We are now only three truck pushers here down from 19 in 2006. Many have taken to other professions,” he said looking unhappy.The same effect of trucks getting extinct in Buea is noticeable at other road junctions. At Malingo Junction three tricycles stood ready for hire, a place that before now was flooded with over 20 trucks that save the University of Buea students community. Two tricycles are very ready at Mile 17 Moto Park to transport good from the park to the Bomaka neighbourhood. In Buea Town.

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