CDC rejoices: The bright days are ahead

EDITORIAL 23 Sep 2020
CDC rejoices:  The bright days are ahead

T he Cameroon Development Corporation, a corporate body, which for more than half a century has defended the pride of Cameroon in the global economic ratings, now has every right to heave a sigh of relief that they are at least getting back some of their lost landed property. As one of the agro-industrial giants of this sub-region, there is every reason to accord it the protection it deserves, which no one ought to attempt to toy with. Unfortunately, within a very short period of time, the corporation has found its self gradually being pushed to its ruin, through an orchestrated plunder of its landed property, knowing, without any reservation that Land is an inevitable factor in an economic venture such as the C.D.C. It would therefore be an unfair judgment, no matter from what quarters it emanates, to under-rate the importance of the Cameroon Development Corporation, C.D.C. in the life of this country. Its contribution to our economic package is enormous.
That the minister of state property, surveys and land tenure, Henri Eyebe Ayisi, was able to look at the situation which the C.D.C was going through in the same perspective as every right thinking Cameroonian would do, it is enough to say, with just one wrong put right, so must many others follow. We welcome the bold decision to cancel, in one brush of the pen, 15 odd acquisitions of land belonging to the C.D.C. by those who must by now consider themselves as unpatriotic Cameroonians.
The decision to cancel these land surrender deals was also accompanied by the firing of the director in-charge of national lands. It is however not altogether easy to conclude that as the boss of that department of the ministry, he did all the bad job, for which he is now being penalised single handedly. Nor is it easy to determine that he was simply caught incidentally on the scene by the focus of the search light. We can only hope that more truth will come to light after this first episode. While we whole heartedly appreciate Minister Henri Eyebe Ayisi, for taking the steps he took, we want to believe very strongly that he acted only on second thought. This could be so because he himself is involved in the land surrender of state land in Limbe hosting medical facilities of the Ministry of Health. It was not until the minister of health confronted him, that he rescinded the decision. The U-Turn decision which he took on the issue of C.D.C land was as if to complete the work of destroying a vicious cycle that was building up to expropriate both state and CDC land, without any one raising a voice, with the strict connivance of some individuals hiding under companies and also communities represented by traditional rulers.
The truth is that from all consideration, the C.D.C. had reached a stage where it almost found its self on its knees. On the one hand, the Separatists armed confrontation has largely affected the fortunes of the corporation and it seemed to many who have been profiting from the crisis, that an opportunity had been thrown open for its landed property to be plundered. One can also see the black hand of politics in the whole of this land surrender drama. It only remains wishful thinking that both the management and workers of the C.D.C should not with all their mind and soul contend themselves with the thought that the Bright Days are actually near. They should instead, for the time being, rejoice that the tides are gradually turning in their favour and that pieces of their land is being given back to them. The rest hangs on hope.

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