In an interview, Seme Noungon CEO of Semme Mineral water gives the reasons for his absence on the market for several months.
In an interview with Le Quotidien de l’Economie on July 12, 2017, Seme Noungon, CEO of Semme Mineral Water accuses Eneo Cameroon of being responsible for the fire that damaged its installations. For him, “Eneo has a duty to advise when a customer addresses them. It is the only supplier of electric power in Cameroon.
In 2013, we suffered a massive destruction of our facilities after drawing Eneo’s attention to electrical installations that had not undergone the usual maintenance. All contradictory expert reports make Eneo responsible for the damage we have suffered.
We approached her for an amicable settlement. We even asked to go to the Gicam Arbitration Center to find a quick solution. Unfortunately, until today, no formal response has been received. We hope that Eneo will return to good feelings, “he explains.
According to the DG of the structure, the total damage amounts to 1 billion FCFA. “The automata were hit hard. Without ignoring that when a production unit stops working, to restart it, it takes rehabilitation work, “he complains. While according to him, before the incident, the company was at 2.4 billion FCFA turnover.
Semme Mineral Water spent several months in production stop. According to the DG it was for several reasons. Everything begins in 2009, when part of the plant was destroyed, forcing the shareholders to recapitalize the company. “We assigned the company that was then called AES in the city of Buea. Unfortunately, today we have more than 60 referrals without any decision being taken, “reveals the CEO of Semme Mineral Water.
In 2013, it can be seen that, while the production of mineral water had resumed, Semme Mineral water suffered a destruction of its production equipment because of the surge. Then there was the anglophone crisis, which caused some of the workers to strike because of the backlog of wages. “We fought to resume our business, but we were turning to 20% of our production capacity, which is difficult to cope with all the expenses,” says Seme Noungon.