Yaoundé (National Times)-Cameroon’s new Prime Minister, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, has revived the spirit of going to work late in the public service in Yaoundé by appearing at exactly 8:20am for work for his first official full day as Head of Government.
The attitude which was put to rest by former Prime Minister, Ephraim Inoni, was later on upheld by his successor, Philemon Yang, who for the past nine years appeared at his office daily at about 7:30am for work.
According to some Yaoundé city dwellers especially those familiar with the road around the municipal Lake where Yang lived which leads to the main administrative headquarters of Yaoundé, Yang’s three car motorcade was always seen around 7:20am every morning making the five minute journey to the Star Building.
On several occasions, this reporter had been stopped by traffic police officers stationed at the PM’s entrance to make way for his convoy to cruise through with ease.
Even on his last day at office as Cameroon’s PM, Yang kept to time and was at the Star Building as early as 7:30 am.
For the past nine years, it has been a tradition kept by Yang, who stays in his office till evening before retiring home. This attitude had pushed some of his collaborators to make it to the office very early since their boss was always keeping to time. However, it has been a big challenge to instill the spirit to the general Yaoundé administration which is heavily embedded in the laissez-faire administrative attitude as most civil servants still appear at their jobsite as late as 10:00am.