By Peterkins Manyong, Walter Wilson Nana, Francis Tim Mbom & Olive Ejang Tebug Ngoh
President Biya Friday, February 6, appointed new Government Delegates to 14 City Councils across the country.
Here is the list of those appointed:
Bamenda - Vincent Ndi Ndumu - Replaces Abel Ndeh
Kumba - Victor Ngoh Nkelle - Replaces Caven Nnoko Mbelle
Limbe - Andrew Motanga Monjimba - replaces Samuel Ebiama Lifanda
Kribi - Louis Jacques Mazo
Edea - Dieudonné Nzoke
Bertoua - Dieudonne Samba
Bafoussam - Emmanuel Nzeté
Nkongsamba - Basile Nkolo
Ebolowa - Roger Guy Zo'o Oluman
Garoua - Amadou Alhadji Bouba
Maroua - Robert Bakary
Ngaoundere - Amadou Dawa
Meanwhile, the incumbent Government Delegate for Yaounde - Gilbert Tsimi Evouna - was maintained while Fritz Ntone Ntone - Government Delegate to the Douala City Council was re-appointed.
We profile the Government Delegates to the Limbe, Kumba and Bamenda City Councils.
I'll Make Limbe Reflect The Petroleum Town It Is
He is the third Government Delegate to head the Limbe Urban Council, now city. He replaces Samuel Lifanda who was Government Delegate from 1998. Henry Njalla Quan, now CDC General Manager, was the first, lasting a year (1997 -1998).
Andrew Motanga, 50, was born in Mokundange, Limbe. After his primary school in his village, Mokundange, he enrolled into the National Comprehensive College, Limbe. He later moved to PCC Bamenda where he earned his GCE Ordinary Levels. Motanga started his working career in 1977 in Bafoussam.
While he worked, he obtained his Advance Level in 1981 and moved to the then Yaounde University. He left the University and wrote the professional entrance into the Government Training Centre, ETAF, where he graduated as an Administrative Secretary.
Motanga has served the Government in several capacities. Besides his appointment, Motanga is the Southwest Regional Chief of Transport and the Mayor of the Limbe II Council.
Motanga is a staunch CPDM member. In 2002, he was elected CPDM Fako I Section President, a position he still maintains. That same year, he was also elected Chairman of the Council, a position he held until 2007 when the three new councils in Limbe were created.
After the July 22, 2007, Municipal and Parliamentary elections, Motanga was elected the pioneer Mayor of the Limbe II Council. He served as Mayor until his appointment as the Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council.
Shortly after his appointment, Motanga told The Post that he intends to make Limbe to reflect the true image of a petroleum town of his dream. He also said one of his priorities would be the provision of potable water to those who are still in need.
"Our priority area will be certainly to give potable water to those who don't have. I think it is like a sacrilege today to think that there are still some people leaving without potable water," he said.
Victor Nkele Ngoh; Kumba Gov’t Delegate
I Will Transform Kumba
Victor Nkele Ngoh replaces Caven Nnoko Mbele; pioneer Government Delegate to the defunct Kumba Urban Council since 1996. Nkele of Bafaw origin was born in 1960 in Kumba. He attended Bethel Baptist Primary School, Kumba, CPC Bali and CCASS Bambili where he got his First School Leaving Certificate, GCE, 'O' and A'Levels, respectively.
Nkele later continued his studies at the University of Martburg, Germany, where he obtained a BSc degree in Economics. In 1988, he graduated from the same University with an MA in Cooperative Economics.
After working in Germany for some years, he returned to Cameroon where he worked with CIPRE, Bafoussam. He was later appointed SOWEFCU Director in 1998, a position he held until his recent appointment. The Government Delegate is married and a father of two.
Reacting to his appointment, an elated Nkele promised to transform the town. He said he
would collaborate with the three Sub-divisional Councils in Kumba and initiate developmental projects for the City.
Vincent Nji Ndumu; Bamenda Gov’t Delegate
Bamenda Needs Someone Who Can Tackle The Challenges
Vincent Nji Ndumu was born in Bamenda-Nkwen on October 16, 1960. He grew up in Dschang where he started his primary school before moving to the Bamenda Ecole Francophone in 1966.
He obtained his Ordinary Levels at the Bilingual Grammar School, Yaounde, and then proceeded to CCAST Bambili where he studied for his Advanced Levels. After obtaining his Advanced Levels, he was admitted into ENS Bambili. From Bambili, he travelled to Nigeria and enrolled at the Ahmadou Bello University, Zaria.
After completing his studies in 1985, he returned to Cameroon. He was recruited in the Ministry of Equipment in January 1986 where he worked for nine years and was awarded a scholarship to study Engineering Management at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, UK.
He bagged a Masters Degree and came back home in 1990. That same year, he was appointed Chief of Service for Direct Works and Evaluation in the Department of Construction in the then Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Then began a meteoric rise in his career:
- 1991: Provincial Chief of Construction at the Delegation of Public Works and Transport in Bafoussam, West Province.
- 1993: Provincial Delegate of Public Works for the Northwest Province.
- 1997: Returned to the Ministry of Public Works.
- 2000: Sub-Director in charge of Standards and Road Protection cumulatively with his functions as the Head of the Unit in charge of the Management of Weighing Stations.
- 2002: Technical Adviser and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the follow up of Road Weighing Operations. He was also appointed to represent the Ministry of Public Works at the newly created Specialised Commission on Road Construction in the Prime Minister's Office.
- 2004: Left as Technical Adviser in the Prime Minister's Office.
- 2007: Went on anticipated retirement and joined Swin, a road construction company, serving as the General Manager.
He is married to a lawyer with whom he has four kids (two boys and two girls).
Ndumu was preparing to go for tennis on Friday, February 6, when he learned that he had been appointed the Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council.
Talking to The Post by phone after his appointment, Ndumu said he felt "elated and very grateful to the Head of State who had the confidence to give me this responsibility. I'm also worried because Bamenda needs someone who can tackle the daunting challenges."Make cheap international calls from your home, work, or cell @ MobileCaller.com.