Dion Ngute Sets PAD’s New Vision In Motion
Story, Tabi Paul
On the high instructions of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, Tuesday October 13 inaugurated five newly purchased nautical vessels of the Douala Port Authority, PAD.
The inauguration of the vessels by the PM thus set into motion a new vision of the PAD management in line with President Biya’s economic blueprint to enhance economic growth and modernise the port.
The Prime Minister’s presence at the ceremony marks the importance government attaches to the port facility given its economic importance not only to Cameroon, but Central and West African nations in terms of maritime trade.
Taking to the rostrum to address the unprecedented crowd that turned out to witness the historic event, the Personal Representative of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, PM Dion Ngute, saluted efforts made by the management and board of directors of the Douala Port Authority amidst challenges.
The Prime Minister reiterated President Biya’s resolve to better the state of ports in Cameroon with the Douala Port being prime. The PM hopes with the acquisition of new nautical vessels, the Douala Port is on its way to becoming top in the West and Central Africa sub-regions.
“I have had a very interesting visit to Douala particularly to the Port of Douala. It has been particularly edifying. I have seen for myself the usefulness of the equipment that the Port has acquired, the dredger amongst others. It is going to help to spur the Douala Port into a real centre of activity in West and Central Africa. The Port of Douala is modernising itself,” Dion Ngute said.
The Head of Government said: “…With all the reforms in terms of security, logistics, transport, and it has been very interesting to see and I am going to report very positively to the President of the Republic that his reforms are being carried out here in Douala…”.
The five nautical vessels cost PAD over FCFA 45 billion. In his opening address the General Manager of the Douala Port Authority, Cyrus Ngo’o cited numerous achievements recorded by PAD in recent years. Top among them the General Manager, GM talked of increasing contribution of revenue amounting in billions of FCFA into the state coffers.
Ngo’o described the new venture as another fertile avenue for the Port to expand its revenue sources and contribute evidently to the economic resilience of Cameroon.
The General Manager presented the five nautical vessels stating that apart from dredging the water channel, the new vessels will also help in providing navigation aid to vessels and reducing water pollution in the Port.
Cameroon prides itself as one of the vibrant economy within the CEMAC Sub Region. President Biya is current chairman of CEMAC. The strategic location of the country’s pioneer port authority gives reasons why the new twist of events at the Port would skyrocket economic activities.
The acquisition of the vessels to build PAD’s capacity would also build strong links among countries that share a long border with Cameroon like Nigeria, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea to name but a few.
On his part, it was a visibly happy Board Chairman of PAD, Shey Jones Yembe, who termed the PM’s visit as a blessing not only to the Port, but to the future of economic opportunities for the entire country.
The Board Chairman underscored that with the coming of the PM Dion Ngute, government has anchored PAD on the path to emergence.
Shey Jones analyzed that with the purchase of new equipment, the company is sure to generate approximately FCFA 15 billion annually.
To commit the newly machines into safety, SAWA traditional rulers poured libations to evoke the spirit of ancestors to watch over the newly acquired equipment.
The new vessels experts said would increase the port’s competitiveness within the sub-region. With the inauguration of the newly acquired vessels, business is expected to take off at the Port in another dimension.