By Boris Esono (Buea-Cameroon)
Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute has been appointed as Cameroon’s new Prime Minister Head of Government. His appointment was contained in a presidential decree read over the national station on January 4, 2018. Dr. Dion Ngute becomes Cameroon’s eight Prime Minister since independence and sixth under President Paul Biya’s administration.
He succeeds Philomon Yang from the North West who had kept the office for 10 years running. The 65-year-old before his appointment to this new office was the Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency.
His appointment comes barely a day after unidentified gunmen set his palace on fire. The new head of government has the task of looking for a long lasting solution to the present crisis rocking the North West and South West Regions popularly known as the Anglophone crisis, something which Philomon Yang failed to do, tackling the issue of Boko Haram in the Far North and putting in place government’s agenda.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the appointment, the new Prime Minister said “while I was grateful to him for having choosing me, I was also grateful for him since 1986 appointed me to various positions of responsibility in this country. I am pledging my entire being to doing exactly what he would expect from me”. “It was with a great deal of humility, emotion but also satisfaction and pride that I informed him (President Biya) that I was able and willing to do his bid”.
“My duty as the head of state informed me will be to coordinate the work of the government, ensure that his policies are put in place, his priorities are effectively carried out and that is effectively what I am going to do” he added.
Born in 1954 in Bongongo Barombi, Ndian Division in the South West Region of Cameroon. Chief Dr. Dion Ngute is the chief of Babongo village in Ekondo Titi subdivision, Ndian Division in the SWR. He is also the paramount ruler of the Barombis.
Others appointed in the cabinet reshuffle include; Serge Etoundi Ngoa as Basic Education Minister,
Jean De Dieu Momo as Minister of Justice,
Henri Eyebe Ayissi-State property and Land tenure,
Minister of Public works-Ibrahim Talba Malla,
Minister of Sports-Narcisse Mouelle Kombi,
Rene Emmanuel Sadi-Minister of Communication replaces Issa Tchiroma Bakary who is now the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training amongst others.