Bamenda (National Times)-Adolf Lele L’ Afrique Debben Tchoffo, Governor of Cameroon’s restive North West Region has threatened to engage procedures for the replacement of Divisional Delegates fleeing insecurity associated with the Anglophone crisis if the fail to return to their duty stations within two weeks.
The declaration of intend is the content of a circular noted dated Tuesday April 23rd a copy of Which The National Times stumbled on. The note titled ‘effective presence of all Divisional delegates at their work places’ bears the names and seal of the Governor.
Addressed to Regional Delegates and Senior Divisional Officers (SDOs), the Governor writes that ‘ it has come to my notice some Regional Delegates have assigned office space to some Divisional Delegates in Bamenda. This practice is inadmissible”.
Lele furthers that “ all Divisional Delegates are hereby instructed to resume duty in their respective places of work within two weeks with effect from the date of signature of this correspondence”. The Governor clarifies that, after the deadline, the SDO’s will ascertain those absent while persons willing to work in those areas will be appointed to take over the positions.
The instruction is copied the secretary General at the Presidency, the scribe of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Minister of Territorial Administration.
Cameroon’s North West Region has seven Divisions. Out of these, only the Mezam Division comprising the Regional capital Bamenda is still functioning normally. State institutions in others comprising Momo, Dungo Mantung, Boyo, Menchum, Bui, Ngoketunjia have been largely grounded.
Last week end, during a Regional meeting in the city of Bamenda, the Gorvernor averred that, some civil servants were using the current crisis to tamper with state funds. He has also warned of sanctions on collaborators who will fail to take part in the may 20th national day celebrations.
The administrator is not the first to have issued such threats on civil servants within the context of the armed conflict in the English-speaking Regions of the country.