Yaoundé (National Times)-The Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Zacharie Perevet, has accused 57 Vietnamese and Nexttel’s Managing Director of illegally working in Cameroon.
In a letter addressed to the Managing Director, Minister Zacharie Pervet disclosed that some of the employees concerned hold temporary visas and Cameroonian regulations stipulate that any employment contract of a foreigner residing in Cameroon with a temporary or tourist visa is automatically rejected.
The Minister further suggests that Nexttel’s top management should stop all professional relations with the persons concerned, in case they have already started working.
In another letter dated November 22, 2018, addressed to the Chairman of the Company’s Board, the Minister reiterated that Cameroonians with necessary experience should occupy the positions of the 57 illegal Vietnamese workers.
“Given the presence of Vietnamese workers in an irregular situation and the fact that the Cameroonians have in five years, already acquired the necessary experience to occupy positions given to expatriates, measures will be taken to ensure that expired contracts are not renewed”.
In the letter addressed to the Chairman of the company, Minister Perevet attached a list of 34 names, including those of 27 employees, whose contracts expired since 2013 and 2016.
On the same list, seven employees hold contracts that have never been filed with the relevant Cameroonian authorities, but have been working for almost a year.
The list also carried the names of Nexttel’s Managing Director, Nguyen Duc Quang, and the Deputy Technical Director, Doan Thanh Binh, whose employment contracts expired on October 15, 2017 and January 12, 2013 respectively.
It should be noted that in 2014, the Prime Minister had summoned a meeting with the top management of the company and the company’s managers were duly reminded of the need to comply with Cameroonian regulations applying to foreigners in terms of paid employment.
The Minister’s recent letters to the management of Nexttel Company comes at a time when the company’s two major shareholders are competing for full control.
These include Viettel Global – a telecommunications group affiliated with the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, which owns 70 percent of Nexttel’s capital and Bestinver, a company controlled by Cameroonian billionaire, Baba Danpullo, who holds 30 percent of the capital.