By Francis Tim Mbom
The General Manager of the National Ports Authority, Mr Josue Youmba, has for the umpteenth time given assurance that the construction of the Limbe Deep-sea port will soon be a reality.
Mr Youmba made this latest promise of a deep seaport on behalf of the Government in Limbe on Tuesday, October 29, while installing into office the pioneer Branch Manager of the Limbe Ports, Mr. Ojongeno Oben Eta.
“Mr Branch Manager, as pioneer in this port environment that will in the nearest future welcome a deep seaport… the Port community expects from you… the (effective) monitoring of this important project that will soon become a reality.”
The Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council, Andrew Monjimba Motanga, had earlier, in his welcome address stated that there have been countless pleas to the Government in the past calling for the construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport.
The most recent of these pleas, he said, was tabled during the just ended National Dialogue in Yaounde and he went on to add that he was happy because the construction of this long “cried-for” project was one of the recommendations arrived at.
“You will then understand why the opening of this regional branch of the National Ports Authority in Limbe gives us a lot of hope that there are better days around the corner,” Motanga noted.
The GM also indicated that the new Branch Manager was appointed on September 12, 2019, following a decision of the Board of Directors of the Ports. He said the Board’s decision came following an earlier decision that was taken in 2015, yet by the Board, to reorganize the Ports services in Cameroon.
And following the 2015 decision and in line with subsequent ones, the GM said, the Douala, Kribi and Limbe ports have been upgraded as branches of the National Ports Authority of Cameroon.
“Overall, the purpose is to anchor the National Ports Authority around its main regulatory mission: competitiveness of Cameroon Ports, reinforcement of security of port facilities and fair distribution of ports development,” the GM said.
The GM went on to state that this was all aimed to ensure more robustness in the functioning of the ports and an increase in the economic growth of Cameroon as a whole.
Meantime the new Branch Manager, Mr. Ojongeno pledged his readiness to live up to the expectation of his hierarchy and the Limbe public.
Motanga, still in his address, reiterated the fact that Limbe has the potentials to become not only the heartbeat of economic development in the Southwest but across Cameroon as a whole if the Limbe Deep seaport is developed.
“In fact, the prosperity and economic growth of our city depend on the harmonious, mastered and concerted development of port activities; as it is a fact that the City of Limbe holds a central position in the economic development, not only of the Southwest region, but the nation as a whole,” Motanga stated.
Born on April 7, 1981, the pioneer Branch Manager of the Limbe Ports, Mr, Ojongeno, the GM said, holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and joined the National Ports Authority in September, 2017. He shall, he added, be the one to oversee the construction project of the Limbe Deep seaport whenever it shall be launched.
It is worth noting that just as there have been countless pleas for the construction of the Limbe deep seaport by Anglophones, so too, there have been countless promises made in the past by the same Government that the said port will soon be constructed or that work will soon start. And shall the Ports Authority GM, Josue Youmba’s latest promise of Tuesday, October 29, be the last? This is the question on many an Anglophone lip.