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Cameroon – Port of Kribi: Employees have been without pay for four months

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Written by Deckson N.

These are the workers of the operational unit of the industrial-port complex.

Information is relayed by the press. For four months, employees of the operational unit of the steering committee of the industrial-port complex no longer receive their salary. In its January 17, 2017 edition, Le Quotidien de l’Économie reports that the complainants are asking themselves “if they are punished for having worked, with the congratulations of the Government, on the successful construction of the second port platform of Cameroon“.

A senior official of the mission met by the daily said that last December was the most difficult to manage because of this situation. “It was even more difficult during the holiday season. Usually we were organizing the Christmas tree for the employees’ children, but this time there was no Christmas tree or salary, “he said.

As might be expected, the situation created a cold and tense climate at the headquarters of this structure located at Djeuga Apparts in Yaounde and on the empty docks of the port in Kribi. The daily says that “there is not only bad humor in the corridors, there is anguish for the heads of families who, for six years, have given enormously to see the day One of the most successful achievements of the seven major achievements.

It should also be recalled that the steering committee whose secular arm is the operational unit was created by a decree of the Prime Minister of 11 July 2008. The committee, chaired by Louis Paul Motaze, Economy, Planning and Land Management (MINEPAT), includes representatives from all jurisdictions required to play a role at one level or another in this project.

The operational unit is under the responsibility of a coordinator appointed by the Prime Minister (PM). Its role in this unity led by Patrice Melom, a former prime minister, is to ensure the proper execution of the construction works of the Kribi Deepwater Port. It is the Chinese company China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) that carries out the work.

However, the operational unit remains the eye and the ear of the Government thanks to an expertise that will force admiration. As proof, the daily says that “at the end of 36 months as agreed, that is to say from June 2014, the site was delivered. Total cost: CFAF 244 billion. Within the steering committee, it is the satisfaction of the duty accomplished, but also the beginning of uncertainties “.

Operating on the public resources made available by MINEPAT, the operational unit finds itself without a budget but with a liability in terms of unpaid benefits and unpaid wages. Analysis of this slate made by the daily fixed to nearly 5 billion FCFA funds needed to balance any account.

This money, according to sources close to the Ministry of Finance, is available but can only be transferred to the steering committee with the authorization of the Prime Minister. This authorization did not come for four months, which explains why the wages of the employees have become a real serpent the of sea.

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