(Business in Cameroon) - Following the fire that burned down part of facilities of Cameroon’s National Refining Company -Sonara- last May 31, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute signed a decree on June 11 creating a technical investigation commission. Mission: to shed light on the causes of the incident and propose measures to prevent future disaster.
The Commission is composed of a President (Minister of Water and Energy -Minee), ten members from the Ministry of Water, the Ministry of Mines, the Ministry of the Environment, the State Secretariat in charge of the Gendarmerie, the National Security and the General Directorate for External Research. Two rapporteurs come from the Ministry of Territorial Administration.
Once fire causes are known, the think tank will establish responsibilities, and evaluate how fire consequences can be overcome by making relevant proposals. Investigation report is to be sent to the Prime Minister within 30 days starting from the date of signature of the Presidential decree (July 10).
As a reminder, in the aftermath of the disaster, the ministry of communications reported that “first information available suggests that the fire was an accident.” This contradicts an assumption that it was the action of separatists.