Source: |Ngwenekome Priscilia Ahone, Cameroon

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gabriel Mbairobe, paid a visit to the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC in Limbe on July 5 to examine the damages caused by the Anglophone crisis that has been rocking the two English speaking regions in the country.

Minister Mbairobe wanted to personally rate the destruction caused by the Anglophone crisis in this agribusiness enterprise, specially the low production and scarcity of labor in this company. It was due to these loopholes in the company that made the minister to assure the over 20,000 CDC workers that the government will secure the return to their duty posts.

During his visit, planting sessions was carried out at the Bota Limbe oil palms, the Mpanja I banana and rubber plants in Tiko.

In addition, a report on the effects of the Anglophone crisis on CDC was handed to the Minister by the Board Chairman, Mr. Benjamin Itoe, the General Manager, Franklin Njie and a representative of some workers. It revealed that most palm and banana plantations had been shut down following the current crisis in the two English-speaking regions of the country.

On behalf of the workers, Honorable Efite Andrew requested 9.3 billion FCFA from the government for a secure atmosphere for workers and a payment of their arrears.

Impressed with their dedication and hard work within this crisis, the minister congratulated the workers, reassuring them that they will be rewarded.

“I want to appreciate all the workers in CDC for respecting the motto of the country, which is Peace, Work, Fatherland and I can guarantee that the government will financially assist the factory to be active again in order to pay the salaries and arrears of its workers” he said.

It should be noted that CDC is one of the many factories in the country that has been knocked down by the socio-political crisis in the North West and South West regions. The banana sector has been shut down completely having 7-12 months of workers salary with some burnt facilities and vehicles. Close to 16 CDC workers have been killed with nine injured by a fire incident.

The industry has about 20,000 labour contracts undone and a monthly pay roll of about 2 million FCFA.

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