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Environment Ministry Short Of Staff 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

CameroonPostline.com — The Secretary General in the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, MINEPDED, Patrick Akwa Kum Bong, has said shortage of support staff hinders optimal performance in the ministry.

He made the declaration in Yaounde recently, while evaluating the work of that ministry for 2012 and projecting activities earmarked for 2013. The occasion was the presentation of New Year wishes to the Minister and the Minister Delegate in MINEPDED. Akwa said the overall objectives of MINEPDED were attained in 2012, but lamented on the shortage of support staff which according to him is recurrent.

He noted that with the structuring of MINEPDED following the presidential decree of October 1, 2012, the number of departments moved from five to eight, thus the need for more personnel.
“The shortage of staff is exacerbated by retirements and failure to effectively take into account MINEPDED grievances as regards the recruitment of the 25000 young graduates,” he maintained.

Akwa also listed insufficient logistical means for inspectors and controllers, and inadequate infrastructures to house some decentralised services. He, nonetheless, highlighted the Ministry’s continuous efforts to implement the “Operation Green Sahel” in the northern part of Cameroon, pursue the fight against bushfires, promote conservation of mangrove ecosystems and ensure embellishment of towns through the “Operation Green Cities” initiative.

Akwa also used the occasion to list achievements they registered in 2012, which he said went beyond priority objectives outlined in the road map that was submitted to hierarchy. On his part, the Environment Minister, Pierre Hele, said the vision of MINEPDED is for Cameroon’s economy to emerge in a clean environment. According to him, for such a goal to be reached, the staff must show “dedication and commitment”.

Hele paid tribute to development partners such as the UNDP, the UN System, FAO, GIZ, World Conservation Union, WWF, the French Cooperation, the German Cooperation and the Japanese government for supporting the efforts of MINEPDED. Themes at an end of year conference of the ministry conference included: sustainable development in emergence, management of plastic wastes for a clean environment, inspections and environmental control etc.

First published in The Post print edition no 01403

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