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Monday, 20 December 2004

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john ndone

I think the whole mechanism in CDC need to be changed. All companies in this new global age must be focused on attaining a certain level.CDC is suffering from poor management because they whole on their old tradition of a water boy becoming a manager. this theory has no place in the new business paradigms. CDC should recruit new managers with MBAs in management from among the Cameroonians.secondly, CDC should start thinking like a global company. for over 5o years its rediculous to find CDC still being a supplier of raw materials to european companies. Its time CDC should patner with companies such as mechellin and the rest to supply tyres and not letecs .CDC should start producing CDC soup and all finished products that can come out of CDC's product. all of Africa is changing. The tradition of being a raw material supplier has faded out in the new business world.CDC alone can change the phase of Cameroon's economy if managed by managers with a global focus.
its in this light that i will advice mollar Njalla that his entire team of managers must be scrutinized and fresh blood brought in. Its only when management is focused with the intension of making a name and getting recognition in business news can management transform an edefic like CDC into a company that will deliver the goods, that can be a pace setter in the develoment process of our most corrupt country in human history.
the cameroon disease is everywhere and we have to fight it if we mean business. Is mollar Njalla himself not working only for the president? ofcourse he is.if such a talented manager devotes his time to develop strategies that will transform CDC , from a raw material supply to a global market actor in finish product then history will not forget him.
Its but evidence that, Malaysian experts studied how to cultivate the palm product from Cameroon. today, palm oil production account for a greater part of the countries GDP in the primary sector.
has God forsaken Cameroon?. we happen to have all the resources to transform our country but we have focused on plondering them at the expense of posterity. A company that does not have good management is dummed to fail. look at the best companies in the world, like Samsung, sony, Nokia, Wal-mart etc, management has a focus and that's what is making management to succed. our managers lag focus that's why we are failing. the alternative now is for mr njalla and other heads of corporations to look for a dynamic and young management team that is zealous to work and transform that corporation into a world class company in the 21st century.

Wolfgang .A. Mbameg


Hi my good friend Ndone,I agree with you on certain points you raised but the problem of C.D.C has a different Genesis.I happened to have been born in the duldrums of this corperation and have witnessed the growth of this firm from grass to grace and then to where it happens to find itself today amidst confusion.
I am surprised that its only after 8 years that Mr. Njalla Quan is becoming aware that his strategy of management has been a failure.When one is appointed to such a post of responsibility,he has to deliver some positive balances within at most the first four years of his tenure,without which the board of directors have to consider his immediate resignation.We need to realise that this is business and not politics and appointments into such offices shouldn't be politically motivated.Even if one is to be appointed because of his or her political inclinations,his or her managerial competence should be unquestionable.So if any of the managers has to be relieved of their duties,i think molla Njalla should top this list.
However its never to late to be conscious they say.If molla Njalla has decided to work for the interest of this corporation then its time we rally our support behind him.The main prolem i see within C.D.C is that most appointments are tribally or politically instigated.If one merits anything,give it to him.The success of C.D.C doesnot depend on product transformation from raw materials to tertiary products.We need not be the consumers of our raw marerials inorder to be a global player.In Europe for example,companies are highly specialised in their activities and the finished products of one company is a raw material for the other.Now is the time for accountability.If any manager is relieved of his functions because of management incompetence,the others will learn a lesson,as long as such a move is not tribally or politically motivaetd.

tumnde

Hi there Brothers and Sisters of Africa in miniature. Well as an Agroeconomics student in Germany i will agree with some of the points made above by Mr. Ndone and Mbameg. You see, i was in Cameroon to collect data for my Master thesis on Palm oil economics. After being to pamol and cdc,i was touched by so many things within these giants.
First, i had a strong feeling that managers do not consider these places as farms. Here Farming is like limited in the offices. In palm oil business, we must not necessarily make soap to make profits. To be honest, seeing a soap factory beside a mill, tells me that the mill produces no good oil. Do we have to invest in the Fields, Mills or in the Head offices?
I met a couple of workers, staffs etc. Some complained about categories, some about wages und some compared cdc today and cdc yesterday. The fellow who complained about wages was a store accounts clerk as she put it. I did watch her for three days and said to her, sister you said to me that you wage is too small, what i totally disagree. let me tell you, since i came here and observing you for three days, you have received for each day atmost 5 sheets to add some figures and the rest of the time you sit doing nothing, at the end you complain. let me tell you something, if you were employed in a chinese rastaurant in Europe to wash plates, i give you just a day of work, you will tell me that, you were fine in Cameroon doing nothing.
Comparing cdc today and cdc yesterday, one said to me." in the days of the whitemen, you could stand at one corner of a field and see the road separating it from the other, but today you find weeds competing with palm trees in the fields". This made me ask myself a couple of Questions. Is it that we were not ready for independence? Instead of cleaning the fields, we keep our offices and houses clean with maids under company bills. we sometimes have drivers to take us around, but no drivers to get harvested crops from the fields and when they are stollen, we quickly point at others without knowing that our decisions made is part of the problem. We should know that we do not need a PhD to know that a bunch is ripe. It is profitable to mill after 2 days of harvest than to let all rot and make soap out of bad oil. Comparing the Budget of a mill and that of the head office, you do not wonder why cdc and pamol have to be making losses. A decision to isolate a crop from cdc`s budget is not only absurd but stupid. A farmer has to diversify cropping to reduce risk. So my advice, do not distance yourselves from farms and facts as well as find out what want to market wants.
He who does move with time, goes with time.

Tumnde

Hi there Brothers and Sisters of Africa in miniature. Well as an Agroeconomics student in Germany i will agree with some of the points made above by Mr. Ndone and Mbameg. You see, i was in Cameroon to collect data for my Master thesis on Palm oil economics. After being to pamol and cdc,i was touched by so many things within these giants.
First, i had a strong feeling that managers do not consider these places as farms. Here Farming is like limited in the offices. In palm oil business, we must not necessarily make soap to make profits. To be honest, seeing a soap factory beside a mill, tells me that the mill produces no good oil. Do we have to invest in the Fields, Mills or in the Head offices?
I met a couple of workers, staffs etc. Some complained about categories, some about wages und some compared cdc today and cdc yesterday. The fellow who complained about wages was a store accounts clerk as she put it. I did watch her for three days and said to her, sister you said to me that you wage is too small, what i totally disagree. let me tell you, since i came here and observing you for three days, you have received for each day atmost 5 sheets to add some figures and the rest of the time you sit doing nothing, at the end you complain. let me tell you something, if you were employed in a chinese rastaurant in Europe to wash plates, i give you just a day of work, you will tell me that, you were fine in Cameroon doing nothing.
Comparing cdc today and cdc yesterday, one said to me." in the days of the whitemen, you could stand at one corner of a field and see the road separating it from the other, but today you find weeds competing with palm trees in the fields". This made me ask myself a couple of Questions. Is it that we were not ready for independence? Instead of cleaning the fields, we keep our offices and houses clean with maids under company bills. we sometimes have drivers to take us around, but no drivers to get harvested crops from the fields and when they are stollen, we quickly point at others without knowing that our decisions made is part of the problem. We should know that we do not need a PhD to know that a bunch is ripe. It is profitable to mill after 2 days of harvest than to let all rot and make soap out of bad oil. Comparing the Budget of a mill and that of the head office, you do not wonder why cdc and pamol have to be making losses. A decision to isolate a crop from cdc`s budget is not only absurd but stupid. A farmer has to diversify cropping to reduce risk. So my advice, do not distance yourselves from farms and facts as well as find out what the market wants.No wonder, smallholders were making the moneys this time around (2005).
He who does move with time, goes with time.

Mayor Lifanda of Limbe Urban Council

I as the mayor of limbe Urban council is sugesting that the CDC should retire all the old managers. Starting from the General manager himself who does not know what he is doing going down to all the rest who have been there for ever and only making money for them self and not thinking about their fellow employess.
Also i want to make a coment that the poeple who do the actual work and all the differnt plantations diserve a pay raise or income. But instead on the contrary the people at the top make all the money and drive all the big cars for free.
Mr. general manager at first the CDC workers use to have free lights. What ever happened with that.
Make sure you improve the sizes and standard of living to the local CDC employees. Well iam telling you like my brother you are making all that money now time is coming when you will pay it all times 10. You will die right in you office when you don't change the CDC situation before you live.
Lifanda Limbe Mayor

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