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Oil Firms Show Little Interest in Drilling Licences Due to Security Concerns in the Cameroons



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As the conflict in the Cameroons deepens with a sharp increase in civilian casualties, the security scare doesn’t exempt the oil companies. It has led to the sharp drop of interest in acquiring drilling licenses for exploitation in Southern Cameroons.

Eight sites of crude terrain have been put up for bid by the CGG GeoConsulting and its affiliate Robertson, six of which are offshore acreages and the remaining two are onshore zones, ready to be drilled for oil.

Firms that were deemed worthy to be granted the lease were to be notified of their status before July 18 but BaretaNews has gotten official confirmation  only one of them met with the financial and technical compliance level to proceed.

Thus far, just three firms have shown interest, with everyone of them submitting the bidding application prior to the June 29 deadline for three separate licences. Their targets were mostly the offshore acreages surrounding the Rio del Rey, Douala and Kribi-Campo basins. All of which are areas far from the conflict hot spots and closer to the territory of La Republique du Cameroun.

It’s reported the LRC-run hydrocarbons company, SNH is in negotiation talks with two other applicants but their standing are yet to be determined. No official announcement has been made by the state-player, Energy minister or bidding organizers and no deadline set.

It’s highly likely just one onshore zone was leased out. the Kombe-Nsepe zone, situated east of Douala. The Bakassi peninsula and its surrounding shallows enclaving the border with Nigeria, situated in the Southern Zone are prone to civil war which has befallen the Southern Cameroons and continue to further escalate. And thus in this area, drilling is difficult.

For the same security concerns, the prospective Mamfe basin, situated in the Manyu county and the Ndian River zone were not formally put up in the original bidding list as a result of security concerns.

Oil company New Age and its partners Lukoil and Bowleven plan locating a liquefied natural gas facility off Victoria, to be built by SBM Offshore, in close collaboration with JGC of Japan which is expected to hold some 1.4 million tonnes of natural gas annually to go operation by 2022, have been warned by Restoration Forces to cease all their operations.


Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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  1. Malis

    August 3, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Very soon, it’s going to be not just Oil firms.

  2. Bonie

    August 3, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    those companies contract for 58 years exploiting Ambazonians with french Cameroon will come to a abrupt end when we reach Buea, they will suspend their drill activities, cancel their deal with french Cameroon either signing new deal with Ambazonian government or go back to their countries empty handed,all taxes and money will go back to rebuild our country beautifully Our Ambazonian government & the international bodies must force and seize french Cameroon biya and his thieves to hand over all the embezzled money starched in foreign banks, the retarded regime time is over, they can continue to kill, intimidate some of the people, we shall fight until we gain total independence,a awll will be build between Ambazonians civilisation and slum primitive, corrupt french Cameroon, they will need ID cards to travel into the SW/NW regions, bandits

  3. Papito

    August 3, 2018 at 5:47 PM


  4. tabetando

    August 3, 2018 at 6:25 PM

    papito , express yourself. Idiots is just one word.

    • Jojo

      August 4, 2018 at 1:58 AM

      @tabetando, Papito simply said Idiot because you are too fool not to be able to read down the ligne. These companies are bracing themselves for the worst, wait till after the election. Idiots like you are here dancing kumbayar on a “No News’.

  5. Mukong

    August 3, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    The world should know that Ambazonians are not zealots who are spoiling to fight just for the sake of fighting. We have been cheated by many and we are not going to take it any more. To those who want to continue to support the Beti/Bulu/Ewondo criminal gang that is being led by the wife murderer and french slave boy call Biya know that you will be held culpable for your crimes.
    Is this not incredible that the very individuals who are supporting the thieving behaviors of this blood sucker call Biya are the same people who are grand standing and telling the world how they are helping “poor” Africans?
    In fact, the french leeches are really pathetic specimens that have no ounce of shame in them; no wonder they have no problem frolicking with a wife murderer.

    • Jojo

      August 4, 2018 at 1:43 AM

      @aMukong what is ambazonia? You started this nonsense alone and why do you need Cameroonians from SW to help you destroy our Country? Why can’t ‘Ambazonians stand by their own?
      People from the SW have nothing in common with you, understand that. They can’t stand you idiots! They tolerate you exactly like the rest of the country. You are just neighbours, nothing more. Now they have enough of your nonsense!

    • Fako pickin

      August 4, 2018 at 6:41 AM


      are you not fighting to become the next cheat?

      Ekema is waiting for you.

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Six Years After, South Africans Seek Justice for Victims of the Marikana Massacre









The commemoration of the 6th anniversary of the Marikana massacre in which security officers fired at and killed 34 mining workers involved in a strike action demanding better pay, has been preoccupied with politics.

What is being considered as the bloodiest security incident since the end of the apartheid era in South Africa, with an additional 10 people killed in during clashed leading to the shooting of August 15, 2012.  Two police officers also died as a result of the violence.

On social media platforms, South Africans have frowned on the total lack of accountability and the government’s inability to show empathy to the victims’ families, six years after the bloody incident.

In an effort to save face, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party put out a statement, indicating the urgent need to implement recommendations made by the Farlam Commission. The statement reads ”There is no doubt about our commitment in ensuring that never again should such a tragedy befall our nation, and no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that measures are in place to achieve this.”

An inquiry launched into the deadly violence, led by retired judge, Ian Farlam, faulted the Lonmin mining company, the workers’ unions and the police for what it called a ”horrendous tragedy” and went further to make a series of recommendations to rein in various parties it identified as culpable for the tragic incident.

The Farlam Commission came up with the following;

-Public order policing policies be revised, including benchmarking ”best practices” for crowd control.

-Opening a criminal investigation of the police officers involved in the incident.

-Found out Lonmin mining company did not use its best endeavors to resolve wage dispute with workers despite being the world’s fourth largest producer of platinum by market value.

Thus far, six police officers have been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection to the Marikana massacre, they were granted bail in March.

South African frustrated by the delay to administer justice for the victims of the Marikana massacre, took to social media to express their discontentment in the slow process.














Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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Burundi Sets 2020 Deadline for Plastic Ban Enforcement








Joining other East African nations, the government of Burundi has entered the list of countries that use of plastics has been outlawed.  The move will officially begin in 2020.

A decree signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza on August 13, 2018, the country will begin the prohibition and the ”manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging.”

The ban’s enforcement will commence in eighteen months- precisely February 2020. The leeway period is to ensure there is enough time for the proper disposal of current stokes and orders already made, according to the authorities.

However, the decree further went ahead to stipulate there could be certain exemptions, especially ”for biodegradable bags, bags and plastic materials used in medical services, and in industrial and pharmaceutical packaging.”

As of now, just a handful of African countries are enforcing any kind of ban on plastics, among them are; Eritrea, Kenya, Morocco, and Rwanda.  On a global scale, over 40 countries worldwide have placed a ban on the usage of plastics.

A UN report in 2018 indicates that the drive to combat plastic waste has produced mixed reviews.  In Ghana, for instance, successive governments over the last few years have promised to deal with the growing menace of plastic waste and their disposals but have wholly failed in implementing an effective ban. Most countries across West Africa have a similar experience.

There’s a widespread ban of plastics in the Republic of Congo, but not properly enforced.  Products are mostly sold wrapped in paper envelopes, foils and old newspapers.









Neba Benson,

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FIFA Threatens Ghana Ban as Government Continues Interference on Football Activities










World’s football governing body, FIFA, has threatened the Ghanaian government over its plans to liquidate Ghana Football Association following the revelation of a video showing corruption by the investigative journalist, Anas Aremeymaw Anas.

The Secretary-General of FIFA, Fatma  Samoura in a signed and released statement on August 13, 2018. said the football governing body was particularly concerned about the undue influence exerted by the government over the affairs of the GFA, in clear violation of FIFA statutes.

Part of the statement reads, ”Under these circumstances, the Bureau based on article 16 paragraph 1 of the FIFA statutes decided on 11 August 2018 that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12h00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect.

It went further to say ”The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given proof thereof”.

Tasked with the responsibilities to hold discussions with FIFA in order to avert the ban, the head of the government liaison team was addressed directly in the letter. All local football activities have been canceled by the Ghanaian government.

A High Court in Accra placed an injunction on the activities of the GRA on June 12, 2018, in response to an application from the nation’s Attorney General.

After the release of the investigative hit piece exposing corruption on the part of match officials by the journalist Anas, all football-related activities have been suspended since June.

The GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi who was caught in a video for allegedly receiving kickbacks. He was a member of the CAF and FIFA committees. As an investigation continues on those allegations, he has been suspended from all football activities.







Neba Benson,

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