Monday, July 9, 2018

Labour Minister tasked ‘subservient’ Southwest elites to be audacious

Jdc|The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Gregoire Owona, has challenged Government officials and elite of the South West Region to be courageous when presenting the situation of the Region to the Yaounde authorities.

Minister Owona was speaking in Buea on Friday, July 6, 2018, while presiding over a ceremony to award medals to staff of one of Cameroon’s leading brewery industries, Les Brasseries du Cameroun.

Confronted by the stark reality on the ground, the Assistant Secretary General of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) challenged all Government officials of the Region, who have been playing the ostrich politics, to be sincere and courageous when presenting the facts about the Region to Cameroon’s executives.

Minister Owona further exhorted all to promote social dialogue. “Social dialogue should be practice in a professional and cordial way, either by Government officials, elites, employers and the Cameroonian population to maintain peace, security and stability  not only in the Anglophone zones, but nationwide.”

Earlier in his address, the General Manger of Les Brasseries du Cameroun, Emmanuel de Tailly, said the medal award was in appreciation for their hard work, professional excellence and commitment, which he said, the workers have exhibited to the growth of the company.

De Tailly, said Les Brasseries has created 6,500 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs in the country and the company is resolute to eradicate poverty and unemployment in Cameroon.

The GM revealed that the company used to make FCFA 650 billion annually as turnover, but lamented that “we cannot boast of this amount again, due to the socio-political upheavals which have led to the closure of four out of five of our agencies.”

In response, Minister Gregoire Owona, said the Government was fully aware of the concerns raised by Les Brasseries officials and urged all and sundry to put hands on deck to resolve the problem so that things can return to normal.