Some 40 people have staged a demonstration against an aborted recruitment project launched in 2019 by the Ministry of Agriculture. They gathered on August 24 at the Prime Minister’s office.
At 9:30am they were standing at one of the entrances of the Prime Minister’s office in Yaounde. Some had peace plants, another held a Cameroonian flag, and others had some cardboards with messages such as ‘‘State of Cameroon respect your promises to the youth’’, ‘‘where are the 600 enterprises, 12 months without scholarship’’, ‘‘one year of cessation of activity is enough”, among others.
Their move is aimed at calling the attention of the Prime Minister, Head of Government Joseph Dion NGUTE. In essence, these 512 youths were recruited last year at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in other to take part in a project launched by the Ministry.
Since then, it has been stopped. They say after several unsuccessful attempts at that Ministry, they then decided to stage this protest.
Each time personnel’s vehicles entered or went out of the gate, they lifted their messages. Later on, seven vehicles full of officers from the police and gendamerie arrived on the scene.
Baton in hand, they tried to discuss with the strikers to no avail. These officers then decided to make use of force in a bid to send them away.
This scuffle dragged attention from onlookers. By 10:18am, they had been sent away from their initial position to seek refuge at the 20th May Boulevard, few metres away from the Prime Minsters office.