The commission of inquiry setup by the Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute to investigate the causes of the fire disaster and establish responsibility has handed its investigation report.
It took 30 days, starting 11 June 2019 for the 15 man commission of inquiry led by the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba to deliver his results.
During the investigation that was carried out with technical assistance from the National Gendarmerie, the Police, petroleum and fire experts from the national fire brigade about a hundred people were taken into custody for questioning before being released.
The investigations sought to determine the real causes of the fire, establishing whether it was due to human error, a technical fault or from other sources which the report had to point out clearly.
The fire that ravaged 4 of the 13 production units at SONARA on the night of 31 May 2019 put processing of fuel to a halt.
According to the decree creating the commission of inquiry, the results of the report of the inter-ministerial commission led by the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba will also:
– Clear the tracks to securing the site to avoid such an incident in the future
– Establish responsibilities, especially on the fault that triggered the fire
– The environmental impact of the incident
– Propose solutions for the management of the disaster
The Inter – Ministerial Commission of Inquiry was composed of the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, the Minister of Trade, The Minister of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, Minister of Industry and Technological development, Secretary of State for Defense in charge of the gendarmerie, the Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s office and the Secretary General of the General Delegation for National Security.