By Eric Tataw – Wednesday February 27, 2019.
Cameroon’s Football Managing Body, FECAFOOT has sacked 16 workers in a desperate attempt to cut cost, National Telegraph has been told.
The war declared on Anglophone nationalists in 2017 is seemingly having a heavy toll on government’s purse, necessitating frantic measures, a source has opined.
The sack letters were signed on Monday, February 26, 2019, by the President of FECAFOOT, Seidou Mbombo Njoya and handed to those concerned.
Amongst the major casualties, is the National Technical Director Jean Manga Onguene as well as his assistants Jean Paul Akono and Atah Robert.
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However, some now ex-workers present at the FECAFOOT headquarters were shown the door on Monday, amongst them, two from the Marketing department as well as four from the Communication department.
The Head of the Security Department Depays Robert had already been sent on retirement last month after clocking sixty years, National Telegraph has been told.
All these decisions are part of the resolutions of the FECAFOOT Executive Committee held last month as the body seeks to reduce its wage bill as recommended by the World Football Governing Body FIFA.
However, critics have described the move as witch-hunting pointing to the fact that the Executive Committee recently adopted a resolution to increase the salary of its members from 500 to 600 thousand francs CFA.
That amount had previously been increased under former President Tombi A Roko Sidiki from 300 to 500 thousand francs CFA. Cameroon is going through troubling moments with especially the two English-speaking regions buried in an armed conflict.
The North West and South West have remained tensed following an armed conflict in which the majority of the Anglophones are asking for an Independent state called Ambazonia.
Sporting events in the country have been adversely affected. The National Cycling Tour was canceled on the D-day of the event. Teams also boycotted the country’s National Elite One Championship.
The country’s Sports and Physical Education Minister, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi precise at the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, Saturday, February 23, 2019, in Buea, the capital city of the country’s restive South West Region.
Cameroon was recently denied hosting rights of this year’s AFCON by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) citing infrastructures and insecurity, Ahmad Ahmad, CAF’s president said after a meeting of its executive committee in Accra in November of 2018.