Joseph Beti Assomo, Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, has instructed the new Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Brigade to ensure the effective resumption of work in the South West agro-industry.
Minister Beti Assomo was speaking at the Buea Independence Square on Saturday, May 13, 2018, while commissioning Colonel Jotsa David into his function.
The Minister expressed worries that work at two giants agro-industries in the Region (PAMOL and CDC), which employ thousands of Cameroonians and are sources of Government revenue, has been grounded due to secessionists activities in the area.
He said the economic sector in the Region needs to regain its verve given its importance to the development of the nation.
The former Littoral Governor exhorted the new Commander to rally his infantry and get to work immediately, but instructed that their actions must be in tandem with the law in force.
Minister Beti Assomo also urged the newly appointed Commander to work in synergy with administrative, political, traditional and religious authorities in the South West Region to make the Region safe havens to all and sundry.
“You must also work to preserve the territorial integrity of Cameroon, working in synergy with other security and defence forces,” the Minister said.
The 57-year-old Jotsa was also implored to respect his hierarchy and to uphold professional ethics by keeping all military information confidential.
To the outgoing Commander, General Donatien Melingi Nouma, Minister Beti Assomo thanked him for a job well done and wished him well in his new assignment.
Earlier, the Minister conveyed the Head of State’s deepest condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in the ongoing Anglophone Crisis.
“For all our fellow military and civilians who have lost their lives recently, due to the despicable atrocities of secessionists, terrorists and other hoodlums who have no respect for human life, the blood of the elements of our defence and security forces shall be avenged by an outright victory over all these outlaws.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Mayor of Buea Council, Patrick Ekema Esunge, said the people of Buea have saluted the initiative of President Paul Biya, Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, to re-dynamise the Cameroon military, especially during this turbulent period.
Mayor Ekema said the move by the Head of State will help in consolidating peace and national unity. He thanked the outgoing Commander and pledged the people’s support for the new Commander in carrying out his exacting duties.