In a press release dated June 26, 2019, Jean-Paul Simo Njonou suspended SONARA's engagements towards job seekers of all forms.
"At the beginning of the year 2019, SONARA launched a job interview process for young Cameroonians, and took a commitment to offer holiday job and internship opportunities to deserving students from public and private institutions," Simo Njonou's press release read in part.
He says the initiative was part of SONARA's effort to support actions carried out by public authorities, particularly with regard to the promotion of academic excellence and the professional integration of young Cameroonians.
"As a result of the fire disaster which occurred in its production facilities on 31 May 2019, SONARA wishes to inform the national public, particularly job seekers mentioned above, students seeking holiday jobs and internships, University institutions and schools in Limbe, that these operations are suspended. SONARA counts on everyone's understanding," the press release read further.
Cameroon’s lone refining company recorded its worst explosion and subsequent fire outbreak since the refinery went operational in 1981. The explosion, according to a statement released by the company’s management occurred around 9:30pm Friday, May 31, 2019.
The incident forced the General Manager of the company to declare a "force majeure" putting all contractual engagements on hold. Government however gave assurances that work will continue at the facility and workers will be paid in full.
But it appears SONARA may for the moment not be able to meet up with her Corporate Social Responsibilities.
The Prime Minister, Head of Government decreed a technical inquiry into the fire incident with the findings of the commission led by Water and Energy Minister Eloundou Essomba expected this month.
A judicial inquiry is also on course and has since led to the grilling of no fewer than 30 staff at the corporation.