By Boris Esono Nwenfor (Cameroon)
South West Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai has stressed on the need for civil servants to stop adhering to the phenomenon called ghost town and work on Mondays or risk being sanctioned. He was speaking Tuesday January 29, 2019 in the conference room of his establishment during the first Regional sector coordination meeting for 2019.
According to Governor Okalia Bilai, it is an aberration that civil servants in the region all of a sudden consider Mondays as public holiday hence, work only for four days as against the normal stipulated five working days. He warned them that should anyone not be found at their working premises on Mondays, then they will be considered as allies to the separatists and will be treated as such, local media reports.
Governor Okalia Bilai added that a control team will be deployed at the various places of work to take stock of the attendance.
The ghost town phenomenon which is in its second year of existence has been respected by the population at large, schools, businesses and civil servants are seemingly not left out.
It should be recalled that what has now been termed “Anglophone crisis” has seen socio-economic activities paralyzed in the municipality. Many business owners have also left the town in search of greener pastures in neighboring Douala as insecurity continues to deteriorate in Buea.
With such a strong word from the number one personality in the region, it is yet to be seen if the declaration will be adhered to by the civil servants or if the Governor will actually leave up to his word of sanctioning those not present at their job sites.
The meeting comes on the heels of a recent attempt by the local administrators to get rid of ghost town in the region especially in Buea. The Governor and Mayor were recently on the field to open business premises that had earlier been sealed for respecting ghost town. Meantime, taxi have recently been seized and handed back to the drivers on Mondays in a bit for them to work on the said day.