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Beware of mass scams!

Particularly well-crafted fakes are multiplying on social networks. How can we separate the real from the fake? The Human Resources Director of the PAK, John YEWOH FORCHU, was asked this question.

1- Sir, in your opinion, what explains the interest of counterfeiters in PAK recruitments?

First, it should be recalled that fake news is a national phenomenon. It does not only concern the Port Authority of Kribi. Several public and private structures in the country have suffered and continue to suffer the blows of these lawless individuals, whose only objective is to defraud the population and to this end, they use all possible tricks to achieve their goal. In the case at hand, PAK is a permanent victim, probably because it is a young company and people are expecting mass recruitment. Moreover, it is obvious that people do not make the difference between PAK the company and the port itself, where there are often hundreds of handlers and other stand-by jobs employed by concession holders. In short, it is important to remember that PAK is a large company, which should enable Cameroon to achieve its development objectives and its emergence. It is therefore logical that such acts be perpetrated in its name. It behoves the general public to be more vigilant and to take the time to go to the source, if need be, to visit the company's headquarters rather than trusting pseudo-facilitators.


2- What is being done at PAK to raise awareness and stop the scammers?

We do our utmost to provide a denial each time and quite quickly. The PAK's vigilance and our prompt denial reactions are bearing fruit because people are increasingly approaching the company to check the information that is circulating. Nevertheless, we have received one complaint, and this is the only case of a proven scam so far. People should know that when there is any fee to be paid for a recruitment, it is done within an approved structure, against a receipt. As soon as you are asked to pay money to an individual or via mobile money, you have to be careful and check, it is generally a scam.


3- What are the official recruitment procedures and channels at PAK?

They are known. However, I can mention three methods of recruitment used by the PAK Management. The first is the direct channel by studying files. Thus, the General Director can, based on a specific need, examine the job applications and recruit the candidates whose files most closely match the profiles sought. He can also use tests. Depending on the needs of the various departments, a call for applications is issued and applicants are tested before being recruited. Finally, the Management sometimes calls on public or private organisations such as the National Employment Fund (FNE), which has a very large database of job applicants, depending on the profiles requested.


4- Are there any current recruitments at PAK?

No! The last one was the recruitment of marine firemen which was carried out by specialists in the field, especially the National Fire Brigade which also took care of the training of applicants. Now, whether there is recruitment in progress or not, the submission of application files is done at the PAK Mail Service, located at the Emergence Building in Kribi or at the Yaoundé representation, CAA Building. I would like to emphasise that applicants should not pay any fees when they submit their applications. Furthermore, I advise young people who would like to apply for a job at PAK to know about port jobs, to train in the different fields in order to have the necessary qualification to be able to work not only at the Port of Kribi, but also in Douala.