Massive Shake-ups in State Universities

Nalova Lyonga, retiring University of Buea Vice Chancellor.
Nalova Lyonga, retiring University of Buea Vice Chancellor.

By Yussuf Issa, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Yaoundé – Separate presidential decrees signed Tuesday by President Paul Biya, have appointed new officials to some state universities across the country. While rectors of some state universities were maintained, others for their part, were either dropped, retired, or sent to other duty posts.

Going by one of the decrees, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Prof. Nalova Lyonga Pauline was shown the way out to retirement and Professor Ngomo Horace Manga appointed new VC of the mother Anglo-Saxon varsity in the country – UB.

Until his appointment on Tuesday, Prof. Manga, who hails from Ndian division in the South West Region, was Secretary General in the Ministry of Higher Education. The Associate Professor of Applied Chemical Engineering had before getting to the position of Secretary General, served as  Technical Adviser Number 1 at the Prime Minister`s Office.

Still at the University of Buea, Professor Ako Edward Oben, formerly Rector of the University of Maroua, was appointed Pro-Chancellor. The man who served as pioneer Rector of the University of Maroua replaces Professor Maurice Tchuente.

At the University of Maroua, Prof. Alioum Idrissou was catapulted to the top job of VC, in replacement of Prof Ako Edward Oben. Before his appointment, Idrissou had severed in the University of Yaounde I in varied capacities.

In the meantime, Prof.  Minkoa She Adolphe was appointed Rector of the University of Yaoundé II, Soa. He replaces Prof Ibrahim Adamou, appointed head of the establishment in 2015.

In the same presidential decree yesterday, Prof. Uphie Melo Chinje, a frontline researcher, formerly General Manager of the Local Materials Promotion Authority known by its French acronym as MIPROMALO, was appointed Rector of the University of Ngaoundere. Her appointment has been applauded by many as timely as she is already being described by observers as a “square peg in a square hole.”

Prof. Uphie Chinje Melo, New Ngaoundere varsity Rector

Her track record of achievements at the Local Materials Promotion Authority, commentators say, is undoubtedly not unconnected with the recent cap attached to her enviable and rich career profile.

Still going by yesterday’s appointments, Akume Daniel Akume, was appointed new Director of the Higher Technical Teachers Training College, HTTTC Kumba in replacement of Dr Agbor Michael appointed to the position in 2015. The newly created HTTTC, it should be said, has known two Directors before the appointment of Akume Daniel. The institution has since been mired in several crises.

Over in the University of Bamenda, Prof Akenji Theresa, Vice Chancellor, survived yesterday’s shakeup. However, some new Deputy Vice Chancellors were appointed at the University while others were simply called to other duties.

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