The Association of Electricity and Water Companies of Cameroon (Asselec) has gone up against its partner Eneo Cameroon, the national electricity distributor.
Asselec threatens to stop work, and strike, from next August 31st if the debt of 6 billion Frs accumulated by ENEO for 5 years is not settled.
“ENEO’s delinquencies are reaching alarming proportions to the point where several of our companies have gone bankrupt. Our employees are directly affected by wage delays and we are resorting to taking a break to claim our due,”-explained Mathurin Zebaze, President of Asselec.
These subcontractors employ 5,000 people and the stopping of their activities risks putting in difficulties the maintenance of the network and the distribution of electrical energy in the country.
Beyond the unpaid bills, Asselec accuses ENEO of unilaterally fixing the prices of services and paying them prices which are lower than their charges.
They also accuse ENEO of recruiting the workforce trained by subcontractors without compensation.
Contacted, ENEO did not react, but an urgent solution must be found between the two parties to avoid a possible disruption of electrical energy in the coming days.