The Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakari, announced his newly created twitter account on 7 September 2017 at 8pm. “Good evening dear friends, I’m very happy to meet you on this forum where we can have exchanges on our beautiful nation Cameroon”, the Minister tweeted.
He had announced in 2016 that, the Head of State Paul Biya had ordered every Minister of the Republic to create accounts on social networks. Having done the announcement, its only this September that he created his own account.
Chedjou Kamdem, specialist in digital communication and administrator of the Historic site of Cameroon said “twitter is a proximate social network... being an actor of public life and the Minister of an institution which has to do with communication, it is important that he should be on twitter to exchange with people. Even though an account for the Ministry of Communication already existed, its better as the Minister now has his own account in person” he explains.
The digital specialist said this move is one which should be warmly welcomed by journalists because, they will now have the opportunity to chat with the Minister about crucial issues which he usually only discusses during his conferences.