Jean Paul Simo Njonou, General Manager of SONARA on Friday signed service note No. 00017/20 of January 17, 2020 to deny the 23 workers access into the company following an incident that occurred on December 20, 2019 at Unit 55 of the refinery.
Reports have it that a leakage at the refinery’s technical department almost brought back memories of the May 31, 2019 fire disaster that has since left the company in difficulties.
23 workers of the technical department comprising the Exploitation and Maintenance units have since last month’s incident been under fire as they are being grilled at the SONARA Gendarmerie Brigade.
With every one of the accused trying to absorb themselves of any possible blame, fingers remain crossed along the corridors of the company to see which heads will roll, this time around, especially given that the report of the Prime Ministerial probe into the May 2019 fire at the refinery is yet to be made public.
General Manager Simo Njonou Jean Paul writes that the said workers should be ready to appear before the team of investigators at the SONARA Gendarmerie Brigade whenever the need arises.
The Directors of Human Resources and of General Affairs are charged with the strict implementation of service note No. 00017/20 of January 17, 2020.
Cameroon-info.net recalls that the May 31, 2019 fire outbreak that brought down four of the 13 production units at the National Refining Company, SONARA cost the state hundreds of millions in FCFA.
Gaston Eloundou Essomba, Cameroon’s Minister of Water Resources and Energy had personally led a 40-man team to SONARA from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, 2019 and spent three wholesome days at the refinery. They spent the three days sniffing through files and documents at SONARA.
The probe was at the behest of the Head of Government who is yet to make public the results of the investigations he ordered. It is not known how this new situation will affect last year’s report as the nation holds its breath.