On 28 September, Mr Gustave Sonon, Minister of Transport and Public Works, accompanied by members of his cabinet, was on the premises of Bénirail at Central Station of Cotonou.
This visit was to assess the progress of activities undertaken by the Bolloré Group as part of the strategic project of the Railway Loop, before the entry into force of the concession agreement on 14 October.
These meetings provided an opportunity for Benoît du Souich, CEO of Bolloré Africa Logistics in Benin, to confirm the effective settlement of wages arrears due to the employees of the former OCBN which becomes Bénirail today: “The cases of 99% railwaymen working with Beninrail have been settled and the amounts have been paid. Approximately 50% of pensioners have also been paid. The other remaining half is due because of administrative procedures that require people to come and sign documents; a process that requires more time for those not living close to the cities. “
The total of these amounts paid by Bénirail is well over 1.2 billion CFA francs. A huge relief for rail workers in this period of back-to-school.
The Minister of Transport and Public Works expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in a short time by the Bolloré Group. “On behalf of the Government, I want to thank you and congratulate you,” he said. At his departure, he was greeted by a round of applause from the workers of the former OCBN. Addressing them, Gustave Sonon urged them to work and to be rigorous in order to earn the trust of their new employer.