Several young people looking for work have fallen into the trap of scammers posing as senior officials of the Kribi Port Authority (KPA) and promising them direct employment.
Hence the release of DG Patrice Melom, in the columns of the government daily Cameroon Tribune in newsstands on Tuesday.
“For some time now, I have been receiving people from my office telling me that they have come to resume service. And these people say that they had talks with me on the internet. I am told that all the conditions have been met. I want to tell the public that there is only one place to apply for the Kribi Port Authority. It’s at the KPA headquarters in Kribi, “he said.
“What is this general manager who asks 20,000 FCFA from people for document expenses? We have to be responsible. You are victims of cybercrime. They create fake Facebook profiles on me and even if I succeed in deleting them, others are created the next day. I do not know what to do. The problem of employment is a crucial problem ” he added.
Since the announcement of the imminent start-up of activities in the Port of Kribi, several ads are being made online by cybercriminals who are making money from job seekers. Nadine Ngono Eloundou is one of those young people who have fallen into deception.
According to the story of Cameroon Tribune, the girl, about 27-year old, landed in Kribi on the night of April 19. According to her declarations, she came to take up her commercial duties at the port of Kribi. To her surprise, she will be returned home after being received by a senior KPA executive.
The name of this young lady, who holds a Master I, does not appear anywhere in the lists of KPA employees. Not even a trace of the file that she says she handed to a gentleman who had presented herself at a funeral in Nanga Ebogo as the private secretary of the director general of the KPA. Wrathful, Nadine Ngono Eloundou had only her eyes to cry. Among other presents offered to the gentleman, she gave him a sum of one million CFA francs.
Like her, some victims even say they have had telephone interviews with the chairman of the KPA Board of Directors or with the Minister of Transport asking them to go immediately to Kribi to begin work.
Still according to Cameroon Tribune, in a talk with reporters, the director general of KPA reports that the activities and traffic of the port will go crescendo. And for a start, it will be necessary to control the manpower. The first phase of the port of Kribi will generate 2000 direct jobs and 2000 indirect jobs. But for its launch, the workforce, according to Patrice Melom, will be a little more than 200 employees.