Centre Region Gets New Governor – SDOs Due Retirement Retained Again

President Paul Biya of Cameroon

By Mua Patrick, March 13, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Yaoundé – A presidential decree signed yesterday by President Paul Biya has catapulted Wouri Senior Divisional Officer, Naseri Paul Bea, to the post of Governor of the Centre Region.

Until yesterday evening, the post of Centre Governor was vacant following the demise of Governor Joseph Otto Wilson in October of 2016.

Naseri Paul Bea’s appointment Monday, now officially brings to three the number of Anglophones ever appointed Governor to the Centre Region. Naseri, like his predecessor, the late Joseph Otto Wilson, hails from Ndian Division in the South West Region. Fai Yengo Francis who hails from Oku in the North West has equally served as Governor of the Centre Region.

In the meantime, following the signing of separate presidential decrees yesterday by the head of state, some nine new Senior Divisional Officers, SDOs and a Secretary General to the North West Governor’s office, were also appointed.

The Divisional Officer for Fongo-Tongo, Lanyuy Harry Ngwanyi in the West Region was appointed Secretary General at the North West Governor’s office replacing Absalom Woloa Monono who now moves to Momo Division as SDO to replace Ngong Justin Dieudonne who goes on retirement.

For the other SDOs appointed, Balungeli Ebune Confiance, formerly of Mayo-Louti Division in the North, was transferred to Menoua Division in the West Region to replace Mache Njouonwet Joseph Bertrand. Chamberlain Nto’ou Ndong, formerly of Ndian Division, moves to neighbouring Meme Division (Kumba) to replace David Koulbout Aman who was last year transferred to Dja and Lobo Division in the South Region in the same capacity.

Etta Mbokaya Ashu, who was Divisional Officer of Nkongsamba II Sub–divison, was appointed Ndian SDO. Also, Mamoudou, former SDO of Mbam and Kim Division in the Centre Region was appointed SDO for Upper Nkam in the West, in replacement of Essoa Eloi Gabriel, while Njoya Zakariaou of the Douala III sub-division was sent to Mayo-Louti. Others appointed include Mache Njouonwet Joseph Bertrand, appointed to Wouri Division, Um Donnacien to Mbam and Kim and Mvogo Sylyac-Marie to Mbere Division in the Adamawa Region.

It should be noted that Yesterday’s appointments which were first  made public during CRTV’s 5pm prime time news, came on the heels of widespread speculations to the imminent replacement of some SDOs and DOs across the country said to be ripe for retirement. However, it turned out to be less so as most of the civil administrators tipped for retirement were still maintained while some were simply transferred. 

Fako SDO, Zang III,  his colleague of Kupe-Muanenguba, Handerson Quetong Kongue and that of Manyu, Peter Tieh Ndeh,  had been tipped as administrators in the South West Region due retirement. Yet, none of them was touched in yesterday’s shake-up.

The same fate befell their colleagues in the North West Region. Here, the likes of Bita Benoit Emvoutou Williams, Menchum SDO, Donga Mantung SDO, Mesape Bernard and Bui SDO, Nzeke Théophile were all retained.



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