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Former Chantier Naval workers fail to block Biya on return from China, demand unpaid salaries

Some former temporary workers of the Shipyard Industrial Company of Cameroon popularly Known as Chantier Naval stormed the Governor’s Office in Banonjo, Littoral Region  on Wednesday, September 19 after failing to protest in front of the Head of State as he returned from China over unpaid bills in line with the content of their recent memo.

In a memo addressed to the Littoral Governor, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, dated September 6, a copy which The National Time stumbled on, the former employees had threatened to stage a protest in front of the Unity Palace before the President of the Republic as they awaited his return from the China-Africa Summit then.

In that piece received at the Governor’s Cabinet on September 8, the protesters notified the administrator that they were going to rally their wives and children to protest as the President returned from the China visit.

They wrote that several months after President Biya ordered for the payment of their arrears, nothing has been done. The same letter bearing the names and telephone numbers of Evans Nyembe, Rengu Njenchuket, Tobe Maurille and Arman Mbida as representatives state that, the President had instructed for the payments to be done before the end of 2017.

The authors said, the Regional Delegate of Labour and Social Security for the Littoral told them that she has no information to give them regarding their plight.

According to the  document, the protesters had been told that the documents concerning their situation was at the level of the Prime Minister’s Office.

They had been promised payment before the official start of the 2018/2019 academic year on September 3. The workers say it is already 16 months after the Presidential order.

Chantier Naval in years past was one of the marvels of Cameroon. Its profit margin had attracted congratulatory messages from President Biya to its erstwhile General manager Zacheus Mungwe Fornjidam.

Few years after, Fornjidam was arrested and found guilty of embezzlement. He is still serving his jail term. Since then, the company has not known stable moments.

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