Ndian Division: PAMOL Gets New GM, Deputy GM
PAMOL Gets New GM, Deputy GM
Story, Tabi Paul
PAMOL Plantations Plc, an Agro-industrial Company based in Lobe, Ekondo-Titi, Ndian Division of the South West Region now has a General Manager and Deputy General Manager.
Solomon Tapea Mbile and Donatus Asu were named General Manager and Deputy General Manager respectively, during an extraordinary board meeting of the Company that held today October 7 in Limbe, South West Region. The Session was chaired by Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Gabriel Mbarobe.
Before his appointment as PAMOL GM, Tapea Mbile was until now Technical Director at the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC.
The new General Manager replaces Chief Charles Mekanya Okon who has been at the helm of the Agro-Industrial Company since 2016. Before then Chief Mekanya served as Interim GM from 2012 to 2016 following the demise of the then GM, Chief Obi-Okpun Wanobi Osang, on Friday December 28, 2012. On his part, the new Deputy General Manager, Donatus Asu, replaces Chief Aloysius Asanga of Kajifu village in Akwaya Sub Division, Manyu Division.
South West Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, was maintained as Board Chairman of PAMOL.
In a separate ceremony to commission the newly appointed officials into their functions, Minister Mbarobe tasked them to get to work now and revamp PAMOL.
Pamol Plantations Plc was inaugurated on April 14, 1967 by Cameroon’s first President, Amadou Ahidjo in Lobe. At that time, the company was known as “Plantations Pamol du Cameroun” and owned by a British by name Unilever. When the expatriates left in the late 1980s because of prices of rubber and palm oil plummeted across the board making their operations unprofitable, Plantations Pamol du Cameroon was placed under liquidation. At this point, Unilever got pollination insects from the research centre in Lobe conducted by a team led by Dr. Syed and exported to Unilever plantations in Malaysia and that boosted their production about three-folds, causing them to find no reason to stay in Cameroon.
However, the company continued operations until July 1996 when Pamol Plantations Ltd was created through a debt equity swap between creditors of the defunct Plantations Pamol du Cameroun Ltd, which was still a subsidiary of Unilever and shareholders of the new company. The new company kick started its operations in November 1996. Pamol Plantations Ltd was transformed into Pamol Plantations Public Liability Company in November 2006 to conform to the OHADA Treaty and it has remained as such to date. (history culled from The Sun)